It’s that time of year again! Some of you have probably done a great job of following through on your New Years resolutions…and some of you have not. Remember that it is not too late to get back on the bandwagon and achieve your goals.
Are you or your clients feeling stumped with the February blues? Here are some ways to stay focused:
1. Check in and evaluate.
One of the most important things you can do is do an honest evaluation of where you or your patients are with the goals you set previously. Maybe the goals are too lofty or ambitious to accomplish within only a month. Maybe your patients thought they would be more motivated than they are. Regardless of where you and your patents stand with these goals, being honest with yourself is the most important thing
2. Appreciate the baby steps.
Small steps are the way to go! They’re called New Years resolutions for a reason – sometimes they take an entire year (or longer) to accomplish. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done and remember that change does not typically happen overnight.
3. Allow yourself small indulgences.
Remind your clients that nothing feels better than rewarding yourself. However, if weight loss is a goal then food doesn’t have to be a reward. My personal favorite indulgence is an expensive piece of workout clothing after I’ve completed a race because it motivates me to keep training! Ask your clients to brainstorm some rewards that don’t interfere with their long-term goals and help keep you motivated. They’ll thank you in the long run – we promise!
What are some other methods that help keep you motivated and accountable for your goals?