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Strategies for increasing your motivation

Self-sabotage and strategies for achieving your goals
How many times have you woken up in the morning, full of good intentions, only to find yourself at the end of day having done a million things but none of the things you wanted to get done?

You ask yourself: How can this be? Have I not planned properly? Was I not motivated enough?

The answer is: you may have planned properly, but somewhere inside, something stronger than your desire sabotaged your efforts to accomplish your goals, leaving you disappointed, frustrated and critical of yourself. Experts call it your unconscious.

Be that as it may, our unconscious may be… well… unconscious, but consciously, we can arm ourselves with strategies that will help us show up when our willpower is waning.

If you have never done yoga, you might consider giving it a try; discipline of the mind and body is the essence of a yoga practice. It helps you increase your motivation, become calmer, more balanced, and more attuned to what’s going on inside you. Not to mention the health benefits of increased flexibility and improved circulation!

Having a hard time getting motivated to do yoga? Here are some practical tips that can help you right now in revving up your motivation:

  • Reflect on your commitments and why they are important to you in the first place. Write them down along with the feelings associated with honouring or NOT honouring those commitments.
  • Find an accountability partner and share your commitment with them. Accountability Partners are your cheerleaders – they push you forward when you want to back out.
  • Make small commitments rather than big ones – e.g.: instead of committing to not having any chocolate all week, commit to go without all day.
  • Once you have committed, do not dwell on the decision. Just do it. It is easier to silence your “little devil” before it speaks than getting in a tug-of-war with it.
  • Practice daily meditation and breathing exercises to help quiet your mind and increase focus. Take a look at our website for sample guided meditations.
  • If you stray, don’t beat yourself up. Reflect on what got in the way of honouring your commitment. If you are good at honouring your commitments to others but not so good when the commitment is to yourself, look at this issue honestly! Both types of commitment are important if you wish to live with integrity. If the issue is a recurring one, you may want to contact our Life Coach for support and focus.
  • Enlist a friend to commit with you.

Developing discipline takes time. Yoga can help you with it while providing you with increased physical and emotional well-being. When intermingled with meditation and breathing, yoga also helps control cravings. The emotional and physical control yoga creates allows you to regulate more easily your body reaction to stress and increases the ability to have self-control.

In short, the unconscious is powerful, but once you decide what is important to you, you can arm yourself with ammunition to fulfill your commitment!

Inspirational Quotes

“Remember that your character is the sum total of your habits.” ~ Rick Warren

“If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done.” ~John Lubbock

“Conscience warns us before it reproaches us.” ~Comtesse Diane (Marie Josephine de Suin de Beausacq), Maximes de la vie, 1908

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