17 Ways to motivate yourself
1. Love and appreciation
Love inspires motivation and motivation feeds appreciation.
As discussed above, mindfulness is key for success. Being mindful ensures that you are aware of your “why”, the reason for starting your Muay Thai journey, and are dedicated to making good choices that support your ultimate goal.
3. Be committed
Motivation for weight loss will suffer if you are not committed. Making a public commitment will help hold you accountable and enhance motivation.
4. Get a mentor/ Accountability partner
Having a mentor and/or an accountability partner will help with motivation. Having someone that inspires you and believes in you will boost motivation.
5. Animals help motivate
Getting a dog will increase movement. Dogs have to go outside and play. A dog can be an accountability partner!
6. Goal setting
You know your “why” and now you’re ready to get started. What are your goals? Are they realistic?
7. Pace yourself
The Muay Thai journey is a lifestyle transformation journey.
8. Perfection doesn’t exist and set backs will happen
Don’t be so hard on yourself. Be patient and love yourself through this process. This isn’t an easy journey. Expect a few set backs as you transition and get into the groove.
9. Don’t set your eyes on the end, set them on each day
What I mean is, focus on the journey, not the end goal.
10. Incorporate a plan that fits your day-to-day life
Everyone has different responsibilities and different reasons for training and losing weight. One plan doesn’t work for everyone.
11. Don’t weigh yourself everyday
This is a huge NO. Weighing in once a week and keeping track of progress is what you need. Weighing yourself once a day is one of the fastest ways to lose motivation.
12. Don’t focus 100% on the scale
The scale is just one way to track progression and even in that, special consideration must be given.
13. Celebrate and reward yourself!
When you reach a goal, celebrate! Share your success with your social environment.
14. Do Private Lessons
It is okay to private lessons to help motivate and coach you toward your goals.
15. Use music
Music is a motivation booster for sure! Music will help you move and groove, taking the focus off of the act and allowing happy to kick in and motivate you!
16. Keep those jeans!
You may have a pair of jeans that you want to get back into. Keep them! Let them motivate you.
17. Take pictures and document your awesome!
Your body will change as your eating habits and exercise habits change. Take a picture at the start and consider a photo every 30 to 60 days. Seeing your progress will help keep you motivated.