You’re halfway through our Challenge and we’re so proud of all of you! We see the commitment and those push ups are getting better and better looking; we love that! So take a moment and give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back.
(Ok, that’s enough. Let’s not get too cocky here ) As I’ve already mentioned, we are indeed at the halfway point and I must issue a strong warning at this vital junction! This is usually the area where motivation starts to wean a little bit. Intensity and drive start to nosedive and small indulgences start to creep their way into your daily life (that little spoonful of ice cream, that nibble of a brownie, that tiny sliver of a slice of pizza, that lame workout you attempted but didn’t complete…. the list goes on and on I’m afraid). Maybe you’re not feeling particularly strong in class one day so you don’t push yourself as much and as hard as you really can. “Whatev” you say, “I’ll be back next week at least and I’ll try harder then.” Right?
Don’t let the halfway point be your tipping point. Keep going strong, keep pushing yourself and keep the motivation going. One way you can make this happen is to visualize your reward. Visualization is such a powerful tool and one that can help you in many areas of your life. Picture yourself feeling sexy and strong, buy that gorgeous dress and know that when you wear it you’re going to feel like a million bucks! Imagine the confidence that will exude from you when you walk into a room. Feel the compliments your husband will shower you with when you show him that you can in fact do more push ups than him (and with better form )
You need to visualize and feel how it will be to make it to the end without giving in to any, even the tiniest of stressors that may enter into your life. Don’t let a bad day ruin you for squats and breathing techniques. It’s the things are easy to let go of that actually do more for you than three slices of pizza!
Maybe you’d prefer your goal to be something more tangible, like a facial or massage, giving your body a well-deserved treat (both physically and mentally). Or maybe giving yourself more time by setting aside specific ‘Me Time’ works for you, so all your hard work isn’t tossed aside as the needs of your family start to take precedence. Realize you’re just as important as your children and you too require some rejuvenation time (and don’t feel guilty about that!) Allow yourself time to meditate, to breathe, or to even keep improving on your push ups.
Whatever you want to see happen in your life you can make happen by believing in it and visualizing it. (I realize I’m starting to get all “The Secret” on you and while that book may be a little out there for many, I do believe that there is power in your thoughts for sure!)
Now, there is the other side of rewards and I’m pretty sure you all know that I’m not talking about that kind of reward. (i.e. setting up shop at the Cheesecake Factory, sipping on Lemon Drop martinis, eating precious mouthful after mouthful of strawberry, chocolate swirl cheesecake with the caramel crust. I agree, it sounds awesome but things like that are best shared with about 20 of your friends—thus granting you about 1/2 spoonful of cheesecake.)
The rewards I’m talking about are ones that can actually help you in your daily life to either feel more confident, powerful, balanced and totally less stressed!
So take five minutes today and think hard about what you want to see happen as you work through our Challenge. Decide on a goal (and that goal can change as you change, nothing is set in stone), and work towards that goal. Keep it in front of you and go for it! It’ll definitely help to keep you on the right course and motivation will be all around you at all times.
To make it really work for you, let us know your goals in the comments section. Writing it down and letting others see it will really help to make that goal even more of a reality! I’ll start. My goal: to help women accomplish goals they never thought possible!