Day 48 – #50DaysMotivation

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Day48

Today I want you to go back over the past 50 days and really analyse how you worked on your goal. For some of you, you’ve made great progress and your goal is almost met. But for others – maybe you made little progress or your plans didn’t pan out as you would have hoped.

Life is like photography - develop from the negatives.

Today I want you to make a list of things that did work for you and items which you need to work on. If you know what strategies that work you can adapt these for your next goal to guaranteed success.

If you’re coming to the end of 50 days without much progress – don’t beat yourself up. Use this opportunity as something to learn from. What happened? Was the goal the right one? Was it too ambitious? Or was it so small that it didn’t excite your passion? Did you follow through with every days challenge? If not, why not?

Use any of the negative aspects of this challenge to grow from and become better next time. It’s only through trying that we learn.

Day 25 – #50DaysMotivation

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As we come to the halfway point of the challenge, it can be tempting to quit if you haven’t made the progress towards your goal that you had hoped.

Today we are going to concentrate on the feelings you’d have if you didn’t continue on the path to reach your goal.

Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit.

When you made a goal for yourself – there was obviously something in your life that you wanted to change. It may have been your health, appearance, becoming calmer or more organised. It may have been to set up a business or to become more social. Whatever it was, it was gnawing at you for long enough that you decided that you had to take action.

If you are beginning to lose the intensity that you once had for your goal I want you to sit down and imagine what your life will be like when you get to your goal. As you imagine I want you to either video you talking about it or write it down somewhere. Fill it with as much detail as you can. Talk about everything that has changed, how your typical day goes, what emotions you are experiencing – everything.

You don’t need to share this exercise with anyone but keep it somewhere that you can refer to it over the next few days when interest in your goal wanes.  So it’s halfway through the challenge! If you have begun to lose motivation – recommit to your goal today!

Day 22 – #50DaysMotivation

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So you’ve now being working towards your goal for 21 days. It’s day 22 and now is the time that people can begin to lose focus on what they wanted to achieve.

Today I want you to list the positives you’ve experienced over the past 21 days. We’ve talked about the importance of mini goals as we sprint to our main goal. How many of these mini goals have you achieved? What unexpected good things have happened since you became committed to your goal?

If you spend a few minutes focusing on the positives today – you are setting yourself up for future success. Why? Because you can see what you have already accomplished. Sure there may have been a few bumps and turns over the past 21 days but today is day 22 and now you’ve the power to build on your success. This is what this challenge is all about. Small wins leading to bigger wins.

Be so busy loving your life that you have no time for hate, regret or fear.

But if you look back on the past 21 days and focus on negatives and regrets – what message are you going to build on now from day 22 onwards?

When you have a happier outlook, you are going to start loving life and that will help you see the opportunities that are right in front of you!

Day 18 – #50DaysMotivation

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For a lot of people, especially in January – their goal is to move more. Whether to start exercising entirely, to start a program like couch to 5k, train for a marathon or to start lifting weights.

They start their program with all the enthusiasm in the world, but as soon as it gets a bit tough – suddenly it’s quitting time! It’s not your body that has given up. Sure it might be a bit sore and stiff. But the amazing thing about the body is that it can repair itself. Your mind however can throw in the towel at the slightest whim.

Your body can stand almost anything. It's your mind you have to convince.

For example when I started going to the gym I thought I was going all out on the elliptical. I would be hot and sweaty, breathing was laboured -all the signs of a good workout. But when I got a heart rate monitor I realised I wasn’t pushing myself anywhere near my limit. My heart rate was in the barely working out range. It was only when I pushed myself harder I realised I had a lot more potential left inside of me in every workout. Before that my mind had told me “that’s enough!” but my body was capable of much more!

So today’s challenge is to make sure that when you are doing something physical to stay healthy, make sure you are fully committing and not wasting your time. Your mind can play tricks on you. Your body won’t!

Day 17 – #50DaysMotivation

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For a lot of people one of the main excuses they find for not taking action on their goals is because they can’t find the time to do so. Our lives are so busy – constant emails, notification pings, work, kids, family and friends. We could live to other people’s schedules and forget about our own goals.

Today’s first resource I’m going to recommend during #50DaysMotivation challenge is “The 5am Miracle” podcast and book by Jeff Sanders.

I first found Jeff through his podcast late last year. It was so good that I downloaded EVERY episode and listened to them on my daily commute. His enthusiasm is infectious and he’s a really engaging speaker.

But apart from Jeff himself, why do I recommend “The 5am Miracle”? Well the ethos of the show is exactly the mindset you need to adopt to succeed in your grandest goals! You may not get up at 5am, but even getting up just a half hour earlier, could be the difference to you succeeding and failing. In those 30 minutes you could either workout, meditate, have a healthy breakfast, write a blog post – or maybe work on your novel. Whatever your goal is, having that extra time in the morning before the pressures of the day start to emerge could mean you actually realise your goal instead of talking about it.

One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.

I also love “The 5am Miracle” because it’s a big proponent of forming and maintaining healthy habits. Creating and consistently achieving your habit every morning will put you into a positive mind-set and help you tackle whatever comes at you for the rest of the day.

So if you need some motivation to get up in the morning – Jeff is the guy to go to!

 

Day 16 – #50DaysMotivation

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Today we are going to talk about one of my favourite topics – personal development! I’m a personal development junkie – I love finding books, podcasts, YouTube videos, evening classes; anything that will help me learn!

For some people once they finish their schooling, they pretty much hang up their learning. Which is a shame because teaching yourself new skills is the best way at engaging your brain and make you feel as if you have purpose. I know from battling with my own depression, once I started learning and finding a new passion, suddenly the depression wasn’t so crippling.

When you are striving for a goal – you should always be willing to invest in yourself. And investing in yourself doesn’t need to cost the earth. Even just picking up a book in the secondhand bookshop, could be enough.

The expert in anything was once a beginner

Throughout the rest of this #50DaysMotivation challenge I’m going to suggest books, podcasts, webinars that could help you reach your goal. Some will be weightloss related, others on how to change habits, productivity and meditation. Hopefully some of my suggestions will be of use as you try to achieve your goal.

But the challenge today is to find a way to embrace more learning in your life. You may think you are too busy and can’t find the time to. But you are doing yourself a major disservice by not exploring new potential you may have. Learning should always be a part of your life.

Day 15 – #50DaysMotivation

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I have a lot of weight to lose. A lot! Sometimes just thinking about the full extent of the task ahead of me can overwhelm me. It can be so easy to lose patience, to just want to be at my dream health scenario right now, than a couple of years down the line.

But I have to have patience. Willing myself to weight loss isn’t going to work. Instead I have to show up everyday and do something to help towards my goal. And for me that’s what patience is. Doing something every day, even when you don’t see immediate results. Patience is not giving up when you have a bad day, week or month- instead riding out the tough times, knowing the work you do will eventually pay off.

There have been many ups and downs, twists and turns in my own weightloss story. But now I realise I need patience, proper step by step patience-to reach my goal.

Patience is not the ability to wait, but how you act while you're waiting.

Today’s challenge is to examine your own relationship with patience. Are you always looking for the quick fix? If someone said to you, you were guaranteed to lose all the weight you needed over the course of 2 years and never regain it again. Or you would lose it all in a month but there would be a 90% chance you would regain it all? Which would you choose?

We often make this choice when we sign up for lose 10lbs in 10 days type programs. We lose weight in a drastic way and then can’t incorporate this diet into a long term way of living and we regain the weight we lost.

So embrace patience and the small steps that will take you to your goal.

Day 9 – #50DaysMotivation

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Today is all about looking at our habits and seeing if we have become complacent. It’s far too easy to get stuck in a rut.

For instance, let’s say you decided that 2016 is the year that you will eat better. During the first week of the challenge you experimented a bit, found a few meals you liked. And this week you are going to repeat these meals. Be careful! It’s easy to just keep making the same meals every day until you get to the point that you are sick of them and can never look at them again.

It’s the same with workouts. If you do the same workout all the time with never mix it up, your body will quickly adapt and the workout will become less effective.

My habits and routines are so embedded that you could probably set a clock to me. That’s why this year I have set out to complete 52 resolutions. This will push me out of my comfort zone and demand that I try new things.

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So your challenge today is to change it up! If you always go for a 2 mile walk everyday, why don’t you go for a mile and a half and throw in  climbing a couple of sets of stairs at the end to give you a different workout.

Or maybe go to a place you’ve never been to before. Is there a place near you that you’ve sworn countless times to check out? Well make it your challenge to get out there.

Or go on Pinterest and find a new recipe to make this weekend, bonus points if you try a recipe with a food you’ve never tasted before!

Whatever change in routine you carry out, you are helping your mindset by constantly challenging it with interesting and intriguing new experiences. If your mind becomes bored with what it’s doing it will very quickly lead you to procrastinate on your goals.

So what are you going to do different this week? What new thing are you going to try?

Day 8 – #50DaysMotivation

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As we look forward to our goals, it’s wise to occasionally look back on previous attempts that we’ve made to reach our goals and see what can be learned.

When we look back, we have the perfect opportunity to identify what exactly prevented us from achieving our goal. If you focus on the past negatively and say things like “I failed because I’m a failure” or “I was too lazy to really try”, you aren’t going to make much progress with your goal. This is because you haven’t learned anything from your past behaviour. We are creatures of habit and have a tendency to repeat mistakes because we don’t take time to really analyse what lead us to not achieving our objectives.

For example, I know from previous attempts at weight loss that if I am tired, I begin to crave fatty and sugar laden food. My willpower falters and I tend to go head first into the nearest packet of cookies available. However if I keep a good sleeping schedule and have 8 hours sleep a night, I can manage my cravings better. If I had never faced up to my previous failures at losing weight I would not have realised how important sleep is in my life. I also know that stress is a major binge trigger for me. During exams I would have a constant stash of sweets, cookies and cakes at all times. And would binge daily during exam season. Having an alternative way of dealing with stress means that I am more likely to succeed in my weight loss efforts now. I can plan around stressful times and have mechanisms in place that prevent me from binging.

The past cannot be changed, forgotten, edited or erased; it can only be accepted.

Instead of focusing on past attempts at achieving a goal as failures, you need to accept that they happened and are useful for you as lessons on how to live a better life now. The past is giving you the tools you need to succeed now.

Today’s challenge is to analyse your last effort at achieving your goal. Write down 8 things that stopped you from making progress towards that goal. Is there a common theme? Can you change anything now that prevented you from succeeding in the past. You should spend about 20 minutes really thinking about your past efforts and how they were thwarted. When you can identify those reasons, you’ve now taken everything you need from the past. You do not need to direct any more negative emotions towards the past. It has given you the keys to succeeding now and that’s all you ever need from it again.

Day 6 – #50DaysMotivation

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Anytime you make a commitment to change your life, while it is exciting for you – it can make the people around you feel uneasy. Suddenly what was the norm for them, may change. And things you used to do together, you are no longer interested in. This may make the people around you feel threatened. Feel like the don’t know you as well.

Sometimes the people around you won't understand your journey. They don't need to, it's not for them

But sometimes you have to make this journey on your own as you reach your goal. That doesn’t mean that you stop talking to them or anything as drastic as that. But it means having a serious conversation with them and telling them exactly how you feel. Why reaching this goal is important to you. Why it will make you a happier person to accomplish something you set out to achieve. Give them all the reasons why this goal is what you are focused on right now in your life. They might understand and support you fully. Or they might feel alienated that you are doing something new in your life without them. However they feel, it’s their baggage. You are only strong enough to cope with your own. If they cannot support you, don’t let them stop you from reaching your goal.

Today’s challenge is to sit down with someone important in your life and tell them about your goal. See how they react and afterwards write down in a journal entry how this conversation went. It may be important to look back on this conversation in the future to see clues about how this person is going to support you in your quest for goal.