4. Push yourself
There will come times where you may plateau in your progress and struggle to stay motivated, this also applies to life in general. This is when you need to really push yourself, dig deep and find that will to push through your plateau. Take a deep breath, spend some time in nature, and tell yourself that you will succeed. Positive thinking really is a powerful thing. Print off some of your favourite inspirational quotes and put them somewhere you will be guaranteed to see them every day, keep repeating them to yourself to maintain your focus. Henry Ford got it right when he famously quoted “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right”.
5. Accept failure
If you do have a moment of weakness and have a cigarette, miss the gym cos you’re too tired or eat some chicken when you swore off meat, don’t beat yourself up over it. This will not do you any favours, especially when the best thing you can do is get back on that horse and learn a lesson from it. If you know that alcohol makes you crave cigarettes, have more alcohol-free days. If you know you hate working out after work, start going in the morning. And if you know it’s hard to avoid meat when you go to family get togethers, make a delicious vegetarian dish so you won’t feel tempted. Tyrosine is a powerful amino acid that stimulates the neurotransmitters involved in concentration, motivation and satisfaction, and reduces cravings for addictive foods and alcohol.
6. Reward yourself
Small rewards are a great way to encourage you to go further, especially during those difficult first weeks. Perhaps you can reward yourself by buying that book you’ve always wanted, going to the movies with a friend or having a couple of pieces of your favourite chocolate; learning moderation is key. Whichever way you choose to reward yourself, remember you’ve earned it. You should be proud of your achievements and a great way to boost your momentum is to share it with close friends and family. You’ll feel even more motivated to keep pursuing your goal.