Mo­ti­va­tion: Jen Wilder­strom

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We’ve all been een there: t One minute you’re work­ing to­ward owwaard your goals with mo­men­tum, and an the e next you’re buried in frus­tra­tion. Dur­ing Dur­ingg those tho hard times, feel­ing over­whelmed is to­tally to ally nor­mal, but don’t waver. Quit­ting is thee he quick qquick road ro to a des­ti­na­tion that you never want wa to o reac reach.

Ad­dress­ing singg a m mo­ti­va­tion slump is sim­pler than you may ay th think. A tool I use daily is tun­ing in to my in­ner com­pass, o and it will work for you too: Be­fore mak­ing choices (big and small), play out the story line in your head. Each de­ci­sion will add up to you stay­ing in­vested in your goal.

Imag­ine it’s a Mon­day, and you’re think­ing of skip­ping the gym. Now con­sider whether you can live with the con­se­quences. For me, miss­ing a Mon­day al­ways trips me up men­tally, caus­ing me to be­gin my week down on my­self. But mak­ing my work­out means I’m go­ing to start my week in a solid place— and feel as if I can take on any­thing.

Pic­ture your own pos­i­tive sce­nario. Tell your­self that all you need to do is walk through that first door­way, whether it’s a fig­u­ra­tive one (begin­ning a more pos­i­tive thought process) or ac­tu­ally walk­ing through the gym’s door. Then start slow. You know you’ll do bet­ter than you imag­ined— you al­ways do!


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