Many of us have a tendency to look at our bad points, however once you start to accept yourself it will be easier to focus on the positive side more. To make it easier, write a list of all the positive things of what you have done or what you like about your physical self.
Practice running these positive points through your mind regularly, it may take time but mind is power – if you believe you are going to win, you will win.
- If you don’t reach a goal when you want, just focus on the fact that you will get there in time.
- Remember how far you’ve got not how far you need to go.
- If you miss a workout one day don’t worry, just go back with more vigor to improve.
- Remind yourself that a worthwhile pay-off lies ahead in an improved you.
- Exercise is improving your health and fitness and will help increase longevity.
- Exercise has many psychological benefits including renewed confidence and self esteem.
- Any type of workout drives motivation.
Set Goals for Yourself:
Setting goals has the advantage of focusing on what you intend to achieve. A goal acts as a form of mental contract with yourself and your degree of motivation will drive you to complete that contract. If the goal is too hard to achieve it can affect your success. The subconscious mind does not distinguish between big or little, it only knows success or failure.
If you set a goal of four training sessions each week but only complete three then the mind sees this as a failure. For this reason you must set realistic and easily reachable goals. When you attain each goal it gives momentum to increase the level of motivation further.
Try these tips to set goals:
- Write down your goals.
- Set easy goals often so you create a habit of success in the mind.
- Set measurable goals – I will lose 1 pound each week. This gives you something to go for.
- Tell friends and family about your goals for motivational support.
- Make any routine fun and exciting to help maintain interest.
- Try new challenging goals to stop your normal routine from becoming a chore.
- Reward your success on reaching a goal.
- Think positively, replace thoughts like “I can’t” with “I can and I will”.
- Don’t set goals that are too much too soon.
Losing weight is more than the calories and workouts; it is about you and the motivation to do better. Weight loss should be about making yourself healthier and happier, not fitting in that bathing suit for one season.