Hey guys, today I have a fellow Chicagoan guest blogging for me about motivation! Something I definitely have been needing a lot more than usual lately. Without further ado.. here’s Katie:
Hi Everyone! My name is Katie and I blog over at Peace Love & Oats!
I’m a 25 year-old law student living in Chicago,IL and my blog follows my daily life as I strive for a healthy life and plenty of balance. Last month I did something I had never imagined I could do: I ran the Chicago Marathon!
Although the experience was amazing, getting there wasn’t exactly easy. When you’re striving for any goal, whether it’s getting a degree, weight loss, a fitness achievement, or anything else, sometimes you lose sight of the goal and can’t find your motivation. There were many early Saturday mornings where I didn’t want to leave my comfy bed to go run before the sun even came up, but I did it and I want to share with you all what kept me going!
1. Have your “Why”
Why do you want to achieve this goal? What is your end result that you’re looking for? Visualize this, write it down! It helps so much to look at this and remember why you wanted this in the first place when you’re lacking motivation.
Personally, I love running and races because it makes me feel confident and good about myself. I LOVE the feeling when I finish a race or run that I was scared to do. I also love the community and the feeling of camaraderie from a race. I also love having a goal to work towards! Without one I tend to just feel lost, I like to have a purpose to my exercise.
2. Put it where you can SEE it.
Put your plan up on a wall and mark it off as you go. If you’re a runner, then you’ll have a training plan and you can mark off each plan. If it’s a different workout schedule, mark off each planned workout. If it’s weight loss, write down your weight each week, or write goals for each week and check them off as you achieve them. No matter what your goal is, you should measure what you’re doing with smaller goals that you can accomplish each week. Putting it somewhere you can see it will keep you motivated.
Here’s my marathon training plan up on my wall:
3. Bribe yourself!
If you’re running or working out, then listen to a great audiobook or podcasts! When I run I love to listen to podcasts or audiobooks (Harry Potter for me!) so I make a rule that I can’t listen unless I’m running! Even put together a great playlist and only listen to it when you’re working out. This way you’ll want to run/workout so you can listen!
For other goals, you can have bribes such as mani/pedis, going to the movies, going to your favorite restaurant, or doing another fun activity like going to the zoo, a museum, etc., to reward yourself each time you reach a smaller goal.
4. Get support
Tell people about your goal! Get support from your significant other, your best friends, your family. And if they don’t understand your goal (everyone thought I was a bit crazy…) reach out to people with the same goals. Luckily I had all my amazing readers and many blog friends, along with my cousin and my training group who were there to motivate me. Join a group, take classes, and find people who have similar goals who can encourage you and help you through the tough times.
I hope you all found this as a helpful reminder of ways to motivate yourself and achieve any goal you might have! If you have any questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow me on twitter at @PeaceLoveOats.