Embarking on a health journey is not only limited
to weight loss goals; it is a personalised passage you take to improve your
relationship with food, sleep better, move more, or even do things that bring you joy. Sticking to your goals can be challenging at times; hence, here are a few tips to help you stay motivated:
I. Set realistic and achievable goals
Setting realistic and achievable goals increases your chances of success. Part of staying encouraged is giving yourself enough time to achieve your goal. For example, “I want to lose 10kg in 1 month” is an unrealistic goal which will hinder your success while “I want to lose 10kg in 5-6 months” is a realistic goal which helps shift your mindset and boost your confidence levels.
II. Write your goals down and assess your environment
Having a visual representation of your goals increases the chances of committing to them. Once that is achieved, you can assess your resources and surroundings by asking the following questions:
1. Is it the right time for you to be working on this goal?
Timing is crucial, so it is okay to postpone until you feel that you can be fully committed.
2. What are the challenges that you might face along the way?
Predicting the obstacles will help you better prepare to face them head on.
3. Are you surrounded by the right people?
Having a motivating support group will help you along your health journey.
4. Do you have all the knowledge and tools you need to achieve your goal?
Asking for professional help might clear out any questions, if you don’t know where to start or what tools to use to keep you confident and motivated.
III. Accept that the journey is not linear
Your health journey might be bumpy, and accepting this will help you stay motivated. Setbacks are inevitable, and it is important to factor those in your health journey as learning experiences rather than failures.
IV. Focus on the journey rather than just the end goal
As mentioned before, visualizing your goals will help you stay invested in achieving them. However, rushing through the physical milestones can take a toll on your emotional and mental health which will in return cause you to lose your motivation before reaching the finish line.
V. Be kind and patient with yourself
Most importantly, be patient and kind with yourself. Self-compassion is the strongest motivator. Reward yourself when achieving small victories.