Motivational Tricks to Keep Yourself on Track

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One of the most challenging things about setting any goal is mustering up the motivation to stick with the plan for the long haul. The truth about motivation is that if you’re not actively cultivating it each day, it’s easy to lose. So make these motivational techniques a part of your lifestyle to get better results!

  1. Reward yourself—without food. Set up your own rewards system for each healthy action you take or each goal you reach. Whether it’s putting a dollar in a jar for every workout you do or gifting yourself a shopping spree for sticking to your goals for a whole month, rewards that work will be personal and motivating to YOU.
  2. Find a goal buddy. Do you have a friend who wants to reach similar goals? Set up the buddy system so you can encourage each other regularly. Sometimes, simply having someone to talk to when you have the urge to go off-plan is all you need to stick to it.
  3. Create a vision board. Use Pinterest or even a poster board at home to collect images of what your goals mean to you—or what your life will be like when you reach them. Look at these pictures often to visualize your success and remember why you set your goals.
  4. Throw “perfect” out the door. No one is perfect. You will slip up sooner or later. But by accepting that mistakes are part of the journey to any goal, you’ll be able to stay on track instead of letting a back step derail you. If you miss a workout or mess up on your diet, simply learn from it, accept it, and move on. This is by far one of the most powerful techniques to stick to any goal-setting plan!

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