How To Stay Motivated

You won't, but you can stay consistent: here's how.


What's something everyone wishes they had more of, but no one can seem to hold on to? If you mumbled 'motivation', you're right. Motivation is more than some catchy quote on your wall: the Oxford English Dictionary defines it as 'the general desire or willingness of someone to do something'. I don't know about you, but I don't think there is anything I desire every day (ok, maybe more cuddles with my dog!). Actually, there is: I have the desire to reach my goals.



Set Goals


S.M.A.R.T. goals are my favorite: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Thinking "I'll start working out next week" while you binge on the next episode of Manifest (so good, watch it!) isn't a goal, it's a fleeting thought. Be SMART:


  • Put down the remote (after at least one episode, because it's that good)

  • Look up local fitness studios/gyms (like Dance Soul Motion) or at home programs

  • Try a class with their amazing intro offer

  • Realize 'I can do this'

  • Create a schedule, set a goal (muscle gain, weight loss, mental health...it's all good!)

  • Give yourself a finite amount of time: I will attend 30 classes in 60 days!

  • Get going!

Use Your Schedule


If you haven't read it yet, check out my blog post on time-management. Put your goal in your planner. Then write out your schedule. Maybe you'll attend 3 fitness classes a week and complete 2 at home workout sessions. Is that achievable? Yes? Great, get moving. No? Re-asses so you are realistic. Once it's in your planner there's no going back. If you're like me (which I bet you are since you're reading my blog!) you'll hate leaving that checkbox unchecked for the day!


Stay Consistent


Early morning alarms. Family nights. Work meetings that run late. Don't get distracted: check off that box! If you committed to workout 5x a week but only have 10 minutes one day because life got in the way, do 10 minutes of something: this helps your brain create a habit.


Now You're Motivated

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Soon you won't need motivation to "go workout" because it will simply be a part of your day! I picked working out because the number one excuse I hear as a trainer and health coach is 'I don't have time', but know this technique works for anything. Learning a new language? Set aside 10 minutes every day, at the same time, and get talking (to yourself...). You'll progress faster and that alone is motivation to continue. Wanting to finally start that new book? Keep it by your bed and wake up 15 minutes earlier and start your day with adventure (or mystery, romance, or whatever you like to read).


Whatever S.M.A.R.T. goal you have, you can reach it with a lot of consistency and a little motivation!

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