Having trouble staying motivated? If so, you aren’t alone. Motivation is one of the areas that many people struggle with on a daily basis and what can often keep them off their program entirely. If you aren’t seeing as high of motivation to stick with the plan and feel like it takes a colossal effort for you to eat right and exercise regularly, you need to identify what could be causing this. Let’s go over four motivational pitfalls that you need to be fully aware of.
You’re Suffering From Negative Self-Talk
The very first thing that you should be checking is your own self-talk. Are you constantly saying negative things to yourself that are hindering your motivation going forward? If your own self talk is constantly beating you down, this is going to have a very large influence on your ability to move forward because you won’t believe that you can.
The beliefs you hold of yourself are going to impact you in a major way and this is something that many people don’t realize. If you take some positive steps to shift your own self beliefs from negative to positive, you will see what a big difference this will make on your motivational levels.
You’re Lacking Support
Next, you also need to check your support system. Are you going at this alone? Do you have supportive others who will help assist you with what you are trying to accomplish?
Without a support system in place, when hard times hit, you will be that much more likely to come out on track. When you have those who you can share your problems with and work through solutions, you’ll fare far better. Even if it’s just one or two other people, having a support system proves to be of tremendous help in the long run.
You Haven’t Set Clearly Defined Goals
Checking over your goals is the next step to take to help determine what could be impacting your ability to move forward. If you don’t have clearly defined goals, this is going to cause you to lose motivation because you don’t really know what it is specifically that you are working toward.
Make sure that your goals follow the SMART goal setting process – specific,
measurable, attainable, realistic, and that there is a timeline in place to achieve
You’re Not Tracking Progress
Finally, the last mistake you may be making is failing to track your own progress. Are you keeping tabs on how your progress is going? Are you reviewing your progress and making sure that you recognize how far you’ve come? Don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back when you take a step towards your goals. It’s important that you give yourself this sense of accomplishment.
So there you have some key things to focus on as you move forward to reach your goals. If any of these motivational issues is at play, you may not be moving ahead as you could be.