Maintaining Motivation in 2020It’s easy to feel motivated in theory, telling yourself that January 1st, 2o2o will be the day you change your life once and for all. Maintaining that ferocious determination, on the other hand, is easier said than done. In fact, many people give up on their resolutions before the end of January. So, how can we avoid fizzling out and maintaining motivation all year long?
Set both longterm and short term goals It can be counterproductive to obsess over goals like losing 20 lbs, running a 7-minute mile, and even fixating on the ideal body type. These are what I call macro-goals, and while they’re useful it can also be disheartening when we don’t reach them quickly. This can lead to burnout. For this reason, it’s also important to set micro-goals that we can celebrate more regularly. Think of these smaller, more specific goals as stepping stones towards achieving big-picture success. And never forget to celebrate each and every step along the way!
Keep yourself accountableCommit to documenting your experience, whether that be in the form of a journal, a blog, social media posts, or anything else. Even on the days you choose to skip working out, never skip these check-ins with yourself. Taking these small moments of self-reflection can be motivational in it of themselves. Because no one can motivate you as well as you can.
Embrace the buddy systemNothing makes getting in shape more enjoyable than doing it with a pal. Not only does it make workouts fun and engaging, but it’s also the perfect accountability system. The buddy system means you support each other and encourage follow-through, as well as share your goals and aspirations with one another. Vocalizing these things can be the first step towards making them happen.
Celebrate successWho said there’s anything wrong with a little bit of humblebragging on social media from time-to-time. Celebrate your successes, big and small, and don’t hesitate to share them with the world. Maybe even considering dedicating a permanent insta story to documenting your progress.
Learn to love your mistakesWe’ve all had those days when we just can’t get in the swing of a good workout. Our movements feel awkward and our breathing is all over the place. That’s totally okay! In fact, yoga instructors often tell their students that falling out of a pose is the final step towards mastering it. Your body is taking the final step in learning something new! Just the same, it’s inevitable that we have bad workouts here and there, but the most important thing is that we push through to get to the good ones.
Make 2020 your year and set yourself up for success by putting a plan in place to keep yourself motivated for 365 days!
What are some of the ways you plan to maintain motivation this year? Let us know @orberausa