Improve Your Motivation
Now holidays are over and the new school year started it is the perfect time to take stock and make some adjustments. After a period away from work becoming motivated again is often difficult. To help the team at The Reset Button have devised a useful action plan.
1. Stop Expecting Miracles
Aim for small incremental changes. Realistic and possible.
You can’t expect a one week boot camp or three day juice diet to change your life, other than the pain you go through the days you do it.
Improving your life and health happens in incremental pieces. You start with one little block of self love, you feel good about it, it encourages another little block. Slowly, over time, you’ve built up something that really makes a noticeable difference in you.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. The best things in life take time.
2. Forget The Jones’s
It’s important to stop comparing yourself to others.
No matter what you do, you are not going to suddenly become someone else.
The most motivating thing you can do is to genuinely compare yourself to yourself.
Start a diary. If you are trying to move on from hurtful or negative feelings, compare this week to last week. Celebrate any small improvements. Were you less angry/upset? Did you achieve something you wanted to do? Did you not think about a problem for a day? Did you deal with something differently to how you normally do? Congratulate yourself.
Want to change how you look? Take pictures of yourself. There’s a free app Photo Vault where you can keep your pictures safe and private, download it. Motivate yourself by seeing the true and real changes within yourself. Compare yourself with you and you’ll find it much more inspiring. Don’t compare yourself with you ten years ago, it’s an impossible ask. You should be aiming for the present you to change, so use the body you have right now to inspire you. Rather than looking back at the distant past look to now and the future you.
3. Make Yourself Accountable
When you commit to doing something with a partner you will be much more likely to succeed.
Want to improve your fitness? Commit to tennis lessons with your friend. Join a gym with a colleague. Sign up to a fun run with a companion. You won’t want to let them down, so it will make you do it. You do want to do it after all, and it’s sociable too so double bonus points.
Trying to eat better? Elect a food buddy. Create a WhatsApp or email chain. Share what you are about to eat every single time you are about to eat it. I assure you will be thinking twice about some meal choices when you know you have to be honest about it all.
Most of all, be honest with yourself. Remind yourself of what you really want. You are the one in control of your body, so make sure you remember to think before you act. Try to make everything you do measured and controlled. Be aware, not on autopilot. Don’t use excuses. Take time for yourself. Sometimes you might have to say no to people. This happens. If they are your friends, they’ll understand, and soon they’ll enjoy the newer motivated you even more.
If you would like further help or advice please contact The Reset Button www.theresetbutton.co.uk
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