Spring is finally here! At Barrecore we believe this is the perfect time of year to really start getting motivated and preparing yourself for Summer. We want to see you succeed, whatever your goals. With the help of some truly inspiring fitness and lifestyle influencers, we’ve put together a visual collection of tips, stories and advice to help keep you motivated.
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1. Be pragmatic when setting your goals.
The key to staying motivated first comes into play when actually deciding what you are trying to achieve. So many resolutions or goals aren’t followed through because they’re not attainable.
Push yourself, but be realistic
You need to consider many factors, such as time limitations, lack of energy and sleep, your general routine and day-to-day responsibilities. How much time can you realistically commit to this goal, and how likely are you to follow through?
2. Set yourself small, achievable mini-goals to act as stepping stones towards your ultimate destination.
Set a number of smaller goals all leading towards that one large, intimidating goal. This will give you a sense of achievement as you complete them along the way, making you more aware of the progress you ARE making and help you to stay positive.
If you’re not a runner, setting a goal to run a half-marathon in a couple of months isn’t realistic, and you won’t feel good about yourself when you struggle to achieve this. If, instead, you set smaller, more manageable targets such as increasing your weekly run by one kilometer, or shaving a minute off your time, you’ll get a more tangible sense of achievement and control as you make progress.
Challenging yourself with a series of smaller goals also means they are easier to absorb into your current routine and lifestyle.
3. Hold yourself accountable by signing a contract.
There are a few apps that allow you to sign an informal contract with yourself, setting out your concrete goals and agreeing to forfeits if you don’t achieve them. One example is stickK, a platform that allows you to write down a goal e.g. lose weight, learn to play the piano etc. The catch is that you also have to put some money up backing your goal; if you achieve your goal by the set time, you get your money back - if not, it gets donated to a charity.
Ideas like stickK work because instead of having some loose, indeterminable, abstract goal for the future in your head, you have a specific task to work towards by a certain date, and you lose money if you fail.
If you’re considering Barrecore, and you are serious about making lasting change to your body, find out more about our membership choices and rewards, and make a longer-term health commitment.
Or Make a public commitment.
If you announce your goals to your friends, your family, your office, write it on your blog, your social media channels, you are definitely more likely to actually follow through on your promises. If only to avoid losing face. If you are truly serious, we recommend doing this - no one wants to let down their friends, family and followers.
4. (At the risk of sounding a little cheesy) Surround yourself with positivity.
We realise this sounds like a massive cliché, but it is true. To try and stay motivated and positive about your goals, you need to put in the mental leg-work as well. It takes work to focus your positive thinking everyday, and remain on track.
Try and work this positivity into your daily routine. For instance, you could start every morning writing a list of how far you’ve come, noting all the small positive changes you’ve made, or you could download some motivational podcasts to listen to on your daily commute, changing this time into a positive session where you are able to mentally recharge.
Having a friend on the same road as you… trying to achieve the same things… is perhaps the best motivational tool.
Check out our blog post on this topic - and don’t forget, you can always refer a friend to Barrecore
for extra credit. If you want outside help with dietary goals, why not investigate our NOURISH programme
5. Visualise your goals and verbalise your wins for the delight of future you.
When you become discouraged and are lacking motivation, it becomes all too easy to forget why you actually set the goals you did in the first place.
At moments like this, it is helpful to have a reminder of why you started on this journey. When you feel positive and fulfilled, writing a list of why you set that goal and how important it is to you, and then reading this list back on your more negative days, is a really helpful motivational boost.
Document your best moment. Write down how you feel after you’ve just completed an incredible workout, when your endorphins are pumping and you feel amazing about yourself.
Read these back later and bask in your glory.
6. Don’t get discouraged when you make a mistake, or ‘fall off the wagon’.
So many people make the mistake of falling into an ‘all or nothing’ mentality. Instead of getting down when you don’t achieve a goal or do what you said you were going to do that day, move on. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that because you’ve messed up, you can’t move past it or carry on.
Making a mistake doesn’t make you a failure, it makes you a normal human being and tomorrow is an entirely new day to start afresh and move on. Always remember, though, that you don’t need to wait for these ‘significant’ dates like the start of a new week, or a new year, to try again. You can give yourself a fresh start anytime you choose to.
We feel one of the best ways to stay motivated is to join an active and supportive community. With a group of others pushing for a similar goal it is much easier to push oneself and stay motivated. At Barrecore, we strive to keep our audience and community engaged and active at all times, organising challenges and support sessions. Keep your eye on our blog for upcoming challenges and events and take a look at February’s 12 in 21 challenge.
Challenging yourself with a series of smaller goals means they are easier to absorb into your current routine and lifestyle.