Do you trust yourself? Most of us don't ask that question too often as we naturally tend to think that we all do. What many of us don't realize is that your level of self-trust can be different about different things. You may trust your instincts and yourself in some things, like driving your car or caring for pets, for example. But what about when it comes to making big commitments or decisions? Do you trust your intuition and reasoning to make decisions that are actually yours and makeYOU happy and not someone else?
Where do you get your motivation from? What is that feeling of determination you experience when you are about to start something new? In the beginning of any new adventure, like starting a new training program, for example, sheer excitement is usually motivation in itself. Everything in the beginning is challenging but almost always immediately rewarding. Every day you get a little better and continue mastering movement patterns that usually lead to even more improvements. After a certain period of time, however, things can become stale. Perhaps, you have achieved your original goals, or maybe you have reached somewhat of a plateau. Or maybe the newness has just worn off? The question then becomes, where did all that motivation go? Why did it become so much more difficult to stick to your regime and continue with your fitness program?
Whenever we are faced with adversity we naturally tend to become overwhelmed with emotions. What allows us to jump back to our life is something we call resilience. Resilience is common to all people, we are all able to bounce back to some level of normalcy.Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress. Being resilient does not mean we do not feel sad or angry or uncertain. Quite the opposite; being resilient means we can take all these emotions we are experiencing, process them and become stronger and more adapted to whatever the life wants to throw our ways.
Goal setting is an art. Most people have goals and most people have no idea how to achieve them. Some believe that simply having a positive mind will make all of their dreams come true. While achieving great results requires a certain level of belief, positive thoughts without an action plan are just that - positive thoughts. Research has shown, over and over again, that human brain needs some sort of a written plan with clear expectations and deadlines to be able to stay focused.
Simply writing down what you wish would come true isn’t enough either. First, you need to define your goals. But when you do this, be SMART. Have you heard of SMART goal setting before? If you have, great! If not, you’re in for a treat. This is a proven method to help define goals that are reasonable.