When you set a goal, there’s always a reason behind it. There’s a “why” to losing weight, getting in better shape or any other goal for that matter. And that “why” is different for each person. With Labor Day Weekend passing and summer coming to an end it is extremely important that you do not lose focus of your “why”. And, if you have then let’s get back in touch with it and keep you laser focused through the end of the year.
Take a moment and think back to what pushed you to the point of saying “enough is enough” and setting your goal. Was it to fit into a bathing suit? Look good for a family reunion or wedding? Or was it to be able to look at yourself in the mirror again?
It’s amazing how time passes and we become stagnant in our daily routines and before we know it we’ve gained an extra 20 pounds and we lack the energy to get anything done. Then bam, some kind of event or dilemma comes along to make us change. This is your “why”. Don’t lose focus of this!
Here are 4 steps to help you get back in touch with or not lose focus of your “why”.
Take Time to Reflect
Reflect back on pictures or memories of any kind that remind you of why you set your goals and made the change you did. Were you a participant of the IdealShape Up Challenge? If so, take a look at your before picture. Think about how difficult it was for you when you first took on the challenge and remind yourself how hard you worked to get where you are now.
Reflect back on how great it has felt to accomplish your goals. Let this be the time to establish new ones and bring back your motivation. Fire it up!
Create a New “Why”
If you have accomplished your original goals then set some new ones. If you lost weight or added time to your cardio workout or increased the amount of weight you can lift, then it’s time to increase them again. Why stop now? Resetting goals helps keep you motivated, focused and brings about a new drive. It is important to keep your drive and motivation high.
Plan a Party
That’s right. If your original “why” had anything to do with getting ready for summer or an event as previously mentioned then why not re-ignite your drive with another event?
This will give you something to look forward to and work towards. Plan a Halloween party or a Fall get together with family and friends. Sometimes Halloween parties can motivate us like summer. After all, some costumes are tough to fit into if we have extra weight on us.
If you’re the type that needs monthly motivation, then how about a theme party for each remaining month? This gives you short-term goals and will keep you motivated and keep you in touch with your “why”.
Stick with Your Routine
This may seem obvious but so many people don’t stick to the routine they established when their “why” started. They reach their goal or make it past an event and then change their routine.
As we make our way into fall and winter, it can be easy to fall off the bandwagon and give up our good habits. But, it doesn’t have to be that way at all. Yes, it’s going to get darker earlier and you might have more responsibility on your plate, but when you keep focusing on your “why,” you will not make excuses for changing what has worked.
Recommit to your routine and good habits! If you achieved your goal now is not the time to give up on what has worked.
Remember, the main goal here is not to lose your motivation. You have worked hard to get where you are. Each one of you has a different “why” for setting initial goals. Keep that reason fresh in your mind. Remind yourself why you worked so hard and don’t take any backward steps.