February is one of those months that can be a problem month. It’s one month into the New Year and motivation starts to trickle away. We expect to have that bikini body or that promotion at work by now. We think four weeks of really hard work should get us to those goals. But that’s often not always the case. We need to remember that good things take time. Don’t lose hope this February. Use these tips to stay strong with your goals:

  1. Lose the negative self talk – Take a couple days to think about the things you’re thinking about. I know it sounds crazy, but paying attention to our thoughts will drastically change our motivation. Do you regularly have negative self talk? Or are you lifting yourself up? Take all your thoughts of failure and turn them into encouragement. For example start using more phrases like:
  1. Stop expecting too much too fast – Big goals and lifestyle changes take time. We often set unrealistic goals. If you’re following through with your goals but not seeing immediate results, then stay with it. Keep with those goals for two more weeks. You could be ready to turn the corner and start to see the results you’re after. Whatever you do, don’t give up.
  2. Seek out the small details – If you’re not seeing huge results right away then focus on the small details you may not be paying attention to. For example, maybe you aren’t seeing physical changes with your body but maybe you’re feeling more energized or maybe you’re consistently drinking more water/eating more vegetables, etc. Seek out the small details and count those as a WIN!! Those little changes are going to make a lasting impact!
  3. Find an accountability group or buddy – Let’s be real, making any lifestyle change is HARD. It’s not easy to break bad habits or create new healthy habits. February is a great time to reach out to a friend, coach, coworker or family member. Find someone you trust and ask them to keep you accountable. Sometimes all we need is a little accountability.
  4. Don’t be scared to pivot – Take an honest look at the last four weeks. Have you been doing what you promised yourself you’d do? If the answer is no, then figure out why. Maybe you set goals you don’t truly care about. Maybe you set too big of goals and need to break them down into smaller steps. Whatever it might be, don’t be afraid to pivot. We should always be reflecting on what’s working and what needs some adjusting. Make that change and keep pushing forward. Let February be a month of growth and perseverance!