Staying Motivated

RIDE Instructor Piper Renard

RIDE Instructor Piper Renard

This is the first new year of my adult life that I did not make resolutions.

Here’s why: I decided to stop doing what hasn’t ever worked for me in the past.

When I thought back to every new year and their resolutions, I realized how misaligned my actual intentions were. I was so focused on “fixing” something or “doing it right this year” and put so much pressure on myself to follow through, that the meaning of my resolutions was completely lost.

And then inevitably, like so many others, I did not follow through and would end up feeling like I’d failed, along with all the other negative (and untrue) things we tell ourselves.

But this year I remembered a favorite quote:

“The beginning is always today”

Man, is it a good one!

Staying motivated is HARD.

Crushing goals is HARD.

Making positive changes is HARD.

A major first step to staying on track is looking at what DOES work for you, as well as identifying what may NOT work for you or is holding you back.

I know that when it comes to my fitness goals, I do best when I’m held accountable and am receiving direction of some kind - which means I won’t stay inspired if I work out on my own.

I need other people’s energy to get me there and to keep me going! Although I often wish that weren’t the case, if I want to be successful than I need to be honest with myself when setting my goals.

Another big factor in staying motivated is not to be too hard on yourself. You may have a lot of things you want to accomplish but remember to be kind and gentle with yourself. The more you load on, the more likely it is to feel too heavy in the long run.

Also, don’t beat yourself up if you miss some days at the gym or don’t finish a project as quickly as you’d like (or at all!) - that just means it might be time to reevaluate or restructure those original plans you laid out.

Change is life! Adjusting as you go is life! Don’t be afraid to tweak those goals and dreams as you move forward!