Day 40 – #50DaysMotivation

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When we feel stressed or sad it can be so easy to slip into a funk. When things get hard or we feel fatigued, it can be so difficult to motivate ourselves for our goal.

I feel glorious

Today I want you to look into the mirror and reaffirm that you feel glorious. It might seem silly and you might truly feel like the exact opposite but you need to feed your mind with the thoughts that you feel great in order to change it.

Maybe you had a tough day at work and the last thing you want to do is tell yourself that you feel glorious. But if you sit there and wallow, guess what you’re not going to work on your goal. Instead you’ll be at a pity party for one. And no good ideas ever originated from there.

So throughout the day remind yourself that you are glorious because- you truly are!

Day 31 – #50DaysMotivation

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Sometimes when you are working towards a goal you can become a little frustrated or downhearted. Maybe things aren’t going the way you planned? Maybe progress is slower than you thought it would be? Maybe you are questioning if this goal is even the thing you really want?

When you are filled with what I call ‘crisis in confidence’, I want you to go for a walk. Just a plain simple stroll so your mind can look at these questions and think clearly. When we are hunched over our laptops or phones – planning our lives – it can be difficult to really see where we are headed. We are constantly going from notification, to email, to text message, to errand and can’t really see the big picture.

All great achievements require time

When I go for a walk, I find I have the freedom to think clearly. I don’t pound the pavement, I go for a leisurely stroll. You don’t want your mind concentrating on the exercise of walking, you want it to concentrate on what thoughts are swirling in your mind. Being outside has this amazing way of letting you connect the thoughts in your mind with ease rather than trying to do it at a keyboard.

When you go for a walk with the purpose of thinking over these worries – don’t bring music or a friend. Just walk with your thoughts. You’ll find as you take step after step that your mind will begin to unfurl it’s thoughts and help you find the answers to your worries. If you can walk somewhere with great scenic beauty – great! But even if you just go for a walk around where you live, you’ll find that just being out, alone with your thoughts will help you see things clearer.

So next time you feel completely caught up with your worries about your goal – go for a walk!

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 14 – #50DaysMotivation

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So as you face into tomorrow I want you to ask yourself a simple question?

“Is what you are doing today getting you closer to your goal”

Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to go tomorrow

If it’s not, why not? Why are you doing things that aren’t helping your goal? Do you really want to succeed? Is this really the goal you want? What can you do in the next five minutes that will take you a small step towards your goal? Just give yourself five minutes and fill them completely with a task that helps towards your goal.

Everyday you should strive to get at least those five minutes and just go all out towards your goal!

Day 12 – #50DaysMotivation

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We talked about negativity yesterday, both in others and in yourself. Today we are going to take a deeper look into another a major stumbling block that can affect your ability to reach your goal.

Do you love yourself?

Before answering I want you to think of the last compliment you gave yourself. Was it an hour ago? Last night? A few days ago? In the past week? The past month? If you can’t think of the last time you said something complimentary to yourself, then you could be in big trouble when it comes to attaining your goal.

Why? Because I think that you need to be your biggest fan if you are to achieve success. That doesn’t mean that you are vain or self-centered, it means you have a belief that you can achieve anything. You need to fully believe that you are worthy of receiving more.

Stop hating yourself for everything you aren't and start loving yourself for everything you already are.

When you start to really begin to love yourself, you’ll begin to see everything that you have already accomplished. And when you begin to see these successes, it’ll spur you on to your next goal. If you have a negative thought pattern going on 24/7, you are constantly beating yourself up! How can success thrive in that situation if all you can see are your perceived faults? Instead you are going to start to dwell on failures and negatives – and that does not get you closer to your goal. If you do not think you are worthy of achieving your goals, you never will!

So today’s challenge is to write 10 things that you love about yourself. It can be small things or big things but I want you to find 10. Write them down in your phone or on a piece of paper, anywhere you can find them easily. And for the next 7 days I want you to read these 10 things every morning while you brush your teeth! Bonus points if you do it again before you go to bed at night.

So tell me, was it easy to list 10 things? Or did you struggle? Did the first few compliments come easily but then kinda dried up? Let me know below!

Day 11 – #50DaysMotivation

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Today I want to talk to you about negativity and the impact it has on your success. If you tend to be a negative person or surround yourself with negative people, it’s going to be much more difficult to reach your goal. Why? Because if you tend to see things in a negative light, at the first hurdle you encounter in pursuit of your goal, you are more likely give up on succeeding.

I’m a firm believer that if you have a great attitude, you will attract people with a similar outlook into your life. But if you moan and complain, you will likely be surrounded with people who do not bring out the best of you. Who do not challenge you to do better.

A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together

You mindset is everything when it comes to being successful. And if the people around you are not championing you to be the success you can be, you have to take a look at yourself and see if you are bringing a positive force to those around you.

Today’s challenge is to examine your outlook on life. Are you generally positive and proactive when it comes to making your goals a reality or are you more negative and passive. Finding out which of these is your default setting will help you when it comes to planning out how to reach your goal. If you are negative and you tend to let slip-ups derail your efforts in reaching your goal, you need to find strategies that overcome this. Over the next few weeks I’ll be providing you with tips and strategies that can help you deal with negative emotions and negative people around you.

So today, write down how do you generally approach achieving goals and do you follow through?

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 5 – #50DaysMotivation

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Today’s challenge is a little easier than the past few days, and a lot more fun! This weekend I want you to do something that you really enjoy.

I know when you want to achieve a goal you can put all of your focus on achieving that goal and spend time feeling guilty if you are not making progress as fast as your would like. Even though this 50 day challenge is all about getting to our goals, we also want to foster a better mindset. Having feelings of guilt, anxiety and pressure on ourselves, can lead us to procrastinate on our goals which leads to more guilt and it becomes a vicious cycle.

You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be

The best way to break that cycle is to adopt a healthier mindset. And this can be done by taking time out of our daily lives just to have some fun. Something that has nothing to do with your goal. Something that you do for the sole purpose of enjoyment.

Even if you can only squeeze in 10 minutes to do whatever it is that you love, do it! It’s better than nothing. And I can guarantee in those 10 minutes you won’t be feeling guilty about the progress you’ve made in your goal so far. Even if you spend an entire day doing the thing you love, don’t fret that you wasted time. You had a wonderful time, enjoy it and don’t tinge it with guilt afterwards.

The only time you should worry about wasting time is if you are doing something that serves no purpose and gives you no enjoyment. If mindlessly scrolling though Twitter is not making you happier and is not getting you to your goal, that’s the time you need to stop wasting!

So this weekend, do something that you love – and enjoy it!

Day 4 – #50DaysMotivation

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Okay so hopefully you have planned your schedule for the past two days, including small steps towards your end goal in 46 days. Remember the most important thing during these 50 days is to consistently just plan the day ahead of you. Each small task you do is getting you to your goal, just keep trying to stay the course and push on through!

Go the extra mile, its never crowded

Today’s challenge is small but will make a big difference in getting you to your goal. I want you to push yourself a little harder today. Nothing you’re not capable of, put enough that will make a difference to your mind-set and commitment.

If you made the goal that you were going to become fitter, instead of walking for 40mins, I want you to add 4 minutes and walk for 44 mins.

If you vowed you were going to eat healthier, today when you cook dinner, make an extra portion and freeze it so you have a healthy meal on hand when you need it in the future.

If you said you were going to save more money, don’t buy that coffee on the way to work. Today save that money instead.

If you promised yourself you would read more, read for an 5 minutes today. Or read the next chapter in your book.

None of these things require major effort, but they each get you a little closer to your goal. If for the next 46 days you pushed yourself that little bit every day you would quickly see progress towards your goal!.

Day 3 – #50DaysMotivation

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So today, tell me if this sounds familiar?

A couple of days before the new year, you were totally pumped up to achieve your goal. You were excited and couldn’t wait to start 2016 so you could finally achieve the goal you so desperately wanted. Maybe you bought a gym membership, or a new juicer? Maybe you cleared out your spare room so you had space to do some yoga and meditation? Maybe you threw out that last packet of cigarettes you had so you wouldn’t be tempted.

Day one – fired up ready to go!
You have your lunchboxes all full of healthy food as you head to work. Maybe you even cycle to work! You get to work, smug in the knowledge that you got this!

Day two – whoops slept in late!
Okay so you slept in late this morning and it’s raining. No time to make your lunch. You’ll grab a salad in the local deli. On the bus you realise you forgot your runners so no popping to the gym after work. You get the salad in the deli – some limp lettuce leaves with rubber chicken. You spend the day eyeing up work’s vending machine but you stay firm and stick with your salad.

Day three – this is hard!
Weather is miserable. You cycled in but now you are sitting in wet clothes at your desk. You open your bag only to find the butternut squash soup you slaved over making last night as spilt all over your gym clothes. Amy from accounts comes by your office, they just found a box of chocolates unopened from Christmas. She’s just going to leave it on your desk so the office can share. With your wet clothes and ruined lunch, by 11am you’ve amassed a sizable about of sweet wrappers beside you. Ugh! You’ve fallen off the bandwagon. Ugh, once again you’ve failed. Why did you think this time would be any different?

Failure is not the opposite of success. It is part of success. Make sure you plan and try your best

Day 3 is often the hardest day when you start a new habit. Initial enthusiasm has waned but it’s too early to be motivated by results. Day 3 is often the day that most people call it quits on a new habit or lifestyle change.

Yesterday your challenge was to make a plan. Did you stick to it? Maybe you went completely off plan. That’s okay. Before you go to bed tonight, write out a new plan for tomorrow. Even if today was a complete disaster, don’t stress out over it or give up. Instead just look forward to tomorrow only. Why did today not go to plan? What happened that shook your resolve. Can you do something about this issue? Break down everything that didn’t right today and put the solutions into tomorrow’s plan.

Tomorrow is the only thing between you and your goal. Try and get tomorrow on track and you’re a step closer to your goal.

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