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6 Ways to Avoid Losing Your “Why?”

By Sarah Shelton, Health Coach

When you want to make a lifestyle change, no matter how big or small, it’s not always easy to stay motivated. Even the people who seem ultra-focused can lose their “Why?” – that root-level reason they’re trying to do something.

This may happen because you’ve gotten comfortable where you are. Maybe you haven’t seen results fast enough and feel discouraged. Perhaps you’ve taken on too much, too soon. Whether you want to sleep better, reduce your blood pressure or have more energy to play with your kids or grandkids, change is a process that doesn’t happen overnight.

How to Keep your “Why?”:

  1. Have a plan: Mapping out the steps you’ll take goes a long way toward ensuring you can achieve your goal—and reduces the chance that you’ll get off track.
  2. Stay positive: Everyone has off days or even off weeks. Don’t let these make you forget why you wanted to achieve a goal in the first place!
  3. Remind yourself daily: Put up a motivating quote like “I’m too blessed to be stressed” or “You miss 100% of the chances you don’t take” in a place you’ll see each day. Or, use a photo of a loved one or other special item as a visual reminder of your goal.
  4. Be realistic: Work on one attainable goal at a time.
  5. Make yourself accountable: Keep track of your progress to maintain awareness and accountability.
  6. Reward yourself along the way: Be proud of your progress and don’t forget to treat yourself as you complete milestones.

Remembering why you set a goal in the first place is also important. You can do this by asking yourself why making the change is important to you and how your life will be different as you make progress and achieve your goal.

Sarah’s education and certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Public Health Promotion
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)


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