- ADJUST YOUR GOALS
Do not aim for the Tour de France before learning to ride a bike. Experts say to start small and list your goals that you know are achievable in a short term timeline.
- TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
Studies show that keeping track of your accomplishments with help you get a better sense of the improvements you are making, and will motivate you further, including progress pictures and keeping a journal of your workouts and eating habits.
- DELETE GUILT
Ate "Bad", missed a workout...GET OVER IT! You can not move forward by beating yourself up over something that has been done. Accept it and continue on to your goals. Nothing will deflate your motivation, by feeling guilty.
- FOCUS ONLY ON YOU
Keep your focus your specific goals and progress. You can not compare another person progress with your own, it will lead you to negative talk if they are making faster progress then you are. It is your own journey.
- BE VISUAL
A photo or object that represents your goals may help you obtain the goal faster. "Keep your eye on the prize"! A recent New York University uses this stratagy with athletes called "attention narrowing"