Motivation is an amazing force. It can take you from one place in life to somewhere you never imagined in your wildest dreams. My recipe for reaching goals is to first start with giving myself a HUGE goal, the ultimate one that I dream that I want to reach. Then I keep on the path of reaching that BIG goal by to setting SMALL achievable goals along the way that are a day away, a week away, a month, away… until I get there.
Those “instant gratification” goals are key, because change doesn’t always happen overnight. We don’t just run a marathon our first day of running, or lose a ton of weight on our first day dieting. It is a process. One of my GIANT goals in the past 5 years, a goal so big that I was afraid I could never achieve was to become a Barre instructor. Once I knew what I wanted, then the real obstacles started coming. The ones that kept overshadowing my great motivation… "I can’t possibly become a fitness instructor, because I’m almost 36! That is WAY too old! I didn’t have anywhere to teach. I wasn’t certified. What if no one liked my classes?" The list of reasons I told myself I couldn’t do this went on and on and on and on… Ultimately, all I had to do was just start.
My first step was to start practicing barre, even more than I already had. I gave myself two weeks to find and register for a Barre teacher training program. Then I gave myself the goal of approaching five studios about teaching Barre, while at the same time doing 5-8 personal training sessions per week to learn how to be a better teacher. I told myself I had to complete all this within my first month of becoming certified to teach and so on and so on. Small steps, every day and achievable goals until a year later, I became a Barre teacher. It was the motivation to get somewhere new that kept me moving, even when it felt uncomfortable. Whether you’re trying to lose 60 lbs., start a business or run 26.2 miles in a Marathon, it has to start somewhere. The hardest part is knowing what you want to do, and once you know, the motivation will come a lot easier. Motivate yourself to really LIVE… even if it’s one tiny step at a time.
AUTHOR: Jessica Diaz
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