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8 Ways to Stay Motivated & Kick butt in 2016

As we move through the year many of us tend to slack off back into our old ways and we lose sight of the goals we set for ourselves and the idealistic, starry eyed dreams we have so admirably intended. How do we make 2016 different? How do we stick to those goals and actually achieve them, rather than find ourselves making the exact same resolutions time after time again?

Read on as we provide some helpful tips for children, students and adults to keep going and kicking butt right through until December!

 

  1. Make a Genuine Commitment

Let’s face it. All too often we say we are going to do something, but don’t really mean it. In order to attain your goals you have to make a solid commitment to working at them. Write your intentions down and communicate them to someone, as this will also help you feel accountable to produce results.

 

  1. It’s in the Details

Be very specific about what you want and how you are going to get there. Should your goal for 2016 be to ace those Maths exams and get that A, set up a detailed study schedule and progress plan. If your dream is to finally speak up at the office meeting or run that race, take care to be specific about how you are going to get there. Having a clear idea about what you want will greatly improve your chances of getting there.

 

  1. Keep your Goals Visible

Make a vision board or put up pictures of what you want to achieve this year. Maybe you want to train enough to run a marathon or do something to help others. Make these ideas visible and ensure that you see them on a daily basis. This will act as little reminders and keep your eyes on the prize, literally.

 

  1. Plan for Success & Reward Yourself

Do not plan to fail. Don’t even think about it. Decide right now, again, that you will attain your goals and that nothing is going to stop you. As each week goes by and you do what you planned to for that time period, enjoy a small reward. Whether it’s a bite out with a friend or a quick shopping splurge, these little treats will keep you going.

 

  1. Face your Excuses

It’s all too easy to make excuse after excuse as to why we are not doing what we should. “I’m tired; there’s not enough time today; I will do it tomorrow,” sound familiar? When you are faced with these moments and have to make the decision to do what needs to be done or miss another opportunity, take the plunge and stick to your commitment. Once you stop making excuses and taking action it will become easier to keep going.

 

  1. Don’t let fear stop you

At times we feel self doubt and unsure as to our own skills, and this leads to us procrastinating and avoiding what we set out to do, due to a lack of confidence. Stop right now and look at yourself in the mirror: use your sternest voice and tell yourself “I will do this. I can do this and I’m going to do it now.” Fear only results in our not performing and ultimately letting ourselves down. Refuse to give in and you will surprise yourself with your own tenacity and skills.

 

  1. Keep the Positivity up

One of the best ways to keep motivated is to keep positive. Whether you need to read some funny jokes or you have a mantra that you like to repeat daily; do what you need to in order to remain in a positive state. It’s also helpful to have a friend or family member that you can rely on to motivate and encourage you when needed. When negativity is looming, try your utmost to steer clear of it and focus on the good.

 

  1. Keep Going, no matter what

At times we all stumble and fall and miss a few steps. It’s ok. This happens. The key is to not be too hard on yourself. Accept the fact that we all lose our way a bit and sometimes it’s a little bit of a struggle. So, you scored a B instead of that desired A. It’s not the end of the world. Tomorrow is a new day and when we keep going and never give up, we achieve our goals time after time.

 

Make a decision to put these steps into action and chances are you will have achieved success way faster than expected.

About the Author:

Carla-Mari Moore completed her BA Degree at the University of Stellenbosch with majors in English literature, Philosophy and Psychology. She then went on to attain her International Chef qualification and spent some time in the culinary world. She has been spreading her passion for helping others and her love for working with people by co-owning Gutsy Tutoring, Gutsy Green and blogging about what she loves and wants to share with others!

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