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How to Get Motivated for 2018

How to Get Motivated for 2018


It's really easy to talk about what your resolutions for the new year are, but like many things its sometimes hard to execute them.  A follower suggested how to get in the mindset of motivation so here are some tips that I have found useful to stay motivated.

1.  First things first.. Set a date with yourself.

We all make plans with friends, significant others, family, and work -- Why not make plans with yourself?  I always tell my clients in my fitness classes that just coming to class and stepping foot inside the studio is the biggest and most challenging hurdle of class.  With that being said... the biggest hurdle here is making that time to INVEST in YOURSELF.  So first things first.. write yourself in your calendar and do not cancel.  (One of my resolutions for this year is to make time for myself at least once a week.)  Maybe every first of the month you can hit up a Starbucks or Barnes and Noble and then progress from there and make it every Sunday for example.  

2.  Declutter your space.

I found early on as a student, that it was really hard for me to concentrate if the space around me was cluttered.  And as I practiced nursing, one of my professors told me that one of the first things she did when entering a patient's room was clean up and stay organized.  It's almost being more mindful and clearing out what is right in front of you in order to get focused.  Actually, right before I started this post I cleaned up my apartment.  It also helps you stay focused on this present time, so your heads not wondering off somewhere else.

3.  Write it down.

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"Write it down on real paper, with a real pencil. And watch shit get real" -ERYKAH BADU

I find that writing things down makes things just a little bit more tangible.  Whenever I make "me" time, I like to get my planner and map out what exactly it is I need to do for the month.  Then I will try to sit down again before the beginning of the week (like on Sunday) and break down what I need to do each day. 

4.  Make a Vision Board.

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A few years ago I attended a wellness workshop with my cousin.  The workshop talked about how you can design your life.  She said something along the lines, "If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up anywhere."  So that really resonated with me, and she suggested making a visual of your goals to help guide you and stay on the right path. 



5.  Be consistent.


Remember practice makes perfect!  Remind yourself of what your goals/intentions are.  Bask yourself in it.  If you ever heard of the law of attraction, you may know what I mean.  I read the book #BOSSGIRL by Sohpia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal.  She said that before she started up the clothing line, she immersed herself in everything that was Nasty Gal.  She made her passwords to her accounts something that would help her consciously think of her goals.  You can even set your background on your phone or computer screen to help you keep your eye on the prize.  I believe the more you do this, the more you become mindful of the things around you and your actions.


I hope this is helpful for you as it is for me.  What are your tricks on staying motivated?



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