Finding motivation in the ‘now’

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If you lack motivation when it comes to committing to a good heart-pumping workout then you might want to consider working out your future goals. This gives you something to aim for, and adds zest to your workouts. In addition, an action plan can also make it a little easier for you to reach these fitness goals. But if you are hoping to change the way you approach fitness and physical health in 2014 then it is really worth preparing yourself mentally here and now. By focusing on how you are at this present time, you will have more clarity about where you need to be in the future.

By creating mindful awareness you can put thoughts into immediate action and practice what you intend to, and put your motivation to the test. And while keeping an eye on long-term goals can act as a beacon, guiding you to your ultimate destination, there are many ways you can give thought to the present situation, creating a strong base from which to flourish.

Where are you at?

It might be a case of finding a quiet place to sit and contemplate, analyze and acknowledge where you are both physically and mentally. This is a time to be honest and not look back over past fitness failures but consider where you find yourself in the present time. You might want to write down your present ‘status’ and this could include your weight, your fitness and activity levels, as well details about your lifestyle.

What are you doing right now?

The next stage in creating this present-day profile is to look at how you tackling any fitness issues you have. Are you involved in positive activities or does the way you live your life detract from or exacerbate your situation? If weight is an issue then are you eating healthily right now or do you eat all the wrong foods. This might be a temporary or new habit or you may intend to make changes but you need to be honest with yourself about your current health habits.

What do you want in 2014?

With the New Year just round the corner and the usual glut of festive indulgence leading up to it, clear your mind of 2013 and look at where you want to be in 2014. This isn’t a time to question whether you can achieve your goals or being hard on yourself for not being anywhere near. It is an opportunity to come up with fresh ideas and a different focus for the year ahead.

What do you need to do?

Unless you are a fitness expert or understand different ways you can make physical improvements, then you may decide the best course of action would be to get in touch with an expert to consolidate a plan and ensure you are in the right state of mind to take affirmative action. You may also want to write down what you intrinsically know you need to do in 2014 to instigate the changes to come.

Why aren’t you doing it already?

You know where you are at, where you want to go and you have some idea of how to get there. So, how come you’re not taking these steps already? Consider your current state of mind, lifestyle and influences, as well as any other factors such as work, family and friends, which are impacting your behavior. It may be that your goals for 2014 are different than they are right now, or have been in the past. Maybe you are only just deciding to run a marathon, for example.

Live your goals in the present

If you want to lose weight then live like you have reached your goal already. Surely a slimmer you wouldn’t want to eat junk food, would you? Or someone who regularly runs 10k wouldn’t be lounging around all the time or never even walking around, let alone sprinting. By living your future goals in the present you may activate a new perspective and a different approach, ready for the year to come.

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