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Health and Wellness, | 04.21.22

How to Stay Motivated to Reach your Goals

With how busy everyday life is it can be difficult to stay motivated when working towards your goals. Responsibilities as friend, parent, employee, and partner can consume your time and energy. It’s important to carve out time for you and your goals. Let’s talk about how you can maintain your motivation, especially when life gets “lifey”. 

So, how do you stay motivated?

  1. Identify your WHY. Why did you set this particular goal for yourself? Do you want to make your health a priority? Do you want to have more energy to play with your kids? Do you want to feel better in social situations? Not everyone has the same why, so identify yours. Write it on a post-it and stick it on your bathroom mirror to remind yourself every morning. 
  2. Break your goal down into manageable pieces. Feeling overwhelmed by ALL THE THINGS you need to do can impact your level of motivation. Creating smaller single tasks that are short-term can make larger goals more doable. 
  3. Visualize yourself achieving your goal. Take a moment to close your eyes and create a mental picture of yourself succeeding. What does it look like? Maybe you see yourself at a party socializing comfortably because you are not anxious about the dessert table. Maybe you see yourself standing in front of a mirror with a genuine smile on your face because you have healed your relationship with food and yourself. How do you feel in this image you have created? Do you feel confident? Healthy? Free? Immerse yourself in this. 
  4. Abolish distractions. Life gets busy and distractions are going to happen. Maybe it’s a  particular relationship in your life, or certain things that cause your mind to wander away from your goals. Identify what these potential distractions are and come up with some strategies to help eliminate or decrease them.
  5. Find a like-minded community.  May it be a therapist, a trusted friend, or a support group, having people who support your goals is important. These communities can help with accountability, offer support during particularly difficult times, and celebrate your successes with you. Surround yourself with people who care about you and your well-being.
  6. Use positive self-talk. You spend more time with yourself than you do with anyone else, so the words you use when talking to yourself have an impact. Pay attention to the words you use and make positive changes. Find some affirmations that you connect with and post them around your space. Don’t let your own voice stand in your way.
  7. Take note of potential obstacles. What could get in the way of you accomplishing your goal? Are you concerned about pressure from others on birthdays, holidays, and family dinners?  Is there something within yourself that could stand in your way? Take some time to reflect and become aware of these potential roadblocks. 
  8. Celebrate the small victories. Completing a task that pushes you closer to your goal, whether big or small, is still an achievement and something to be proud of! Celebrate with your friends, treat yourself to some self care, or just take a moment to congratulate yourself.  

Although it can be difficult to stay motivated, the feeling of accomplishing your goals will be worth it! 

Want more support? Sign up for the Breaking Up with Sugar Course! A 6-module online course that will help you break up with Sugar and heal your relationship with food. Also, check out Molly’s youtube channel and subscribe to the Sunday Love Letter to get support, information, and motivation on your journey to create a loving relationship with food.

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