Motivation is the key to success and achieving your goals. Without motivation and drive to achieve, the goal might as well be non-existent. This article details the four pillars of motivation so that you can stay on track, achieve your goals and reach your dreams. With motivation, anything is possible.
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1. Get a Training Partner
One of the best ways to stay motivated is by having a training buddy. A workout partner can really help push you to your limits and also make you feel like you’re not alone on your journey towards greatness. They keep you motivated and provide encouragement when you need it the most. They make you go to the gym when it’s the last thing you want to do. They also have a great use as a spotter! Of course it helps if your partner has similar training goals to you, that way it’s a match made in training heaven. Get a training buddy and see your gains go through the roof.
2. Setting Short and Long Term Goals
Goal setting and goal tracking is very important in helping you achieve your ultimate goals. It is well planned goals that can turn your hopes and dreams into reality. Setting goals has many benefits, including: Keeping you motivated, on track, focused, and giving you a sense of achievement when you reach them. There are many different types of goals, but all goals need to be realistic and well planned, not aggressive and untimely. Your goals could mean the difference between success and failure.
Using the SMART system for setting goals is a tried and tested method and a sure fire route to paving the way for your success. The SMART system is as follows:
S is for Specific
Are your goals specific to what you want to achieve? Make them as specific as possible to really have a focus.
M is for Measurable:
How can your goals be measured/ how will you measure your progress towards achieving them? This could be as simple as weight loss measurements or strength gains.
A is for Achievable:
Are your goals achievable? Do you have enough time to achieve them? Goals should be set to push you, but they must be achievable otherwise failure will provide frther disappointment and setbacks.
R is for Realistic:
Are your goals realistic? Be honest with yourself and ask yourself some searching questions. Justify to yourself why your goals are realistic. Setting a goal to be an Olympic Gymnast within a year after having only done your first introductory gymnastics session the week before is not realistic. Common sense applies here.
T is for Timed:
How long will it take to achieve your goal? This is not the same as measurable. Measurable refers to how you will measure your goals progress. Timed refers to how long will your goal take. Set a realistic time frame that pushes you, yet is achievable.
Celebrate each milestone of your journey to keep you on track. Set goals and separate yourself from the crowd. Own them and achieve them!
3. Training the Mindset
To win the game, your head must to be in the game, or you won’t succeed. The mind and body go hand in hand, so both need to be in harmony for you to achieve your goals. A healthy mindset is just as important as a healthy diet and a proper exercise regime. Of course this is easier said than done so here are a few ways to improve your mindset.
Tip 1: Self-love not self-hate – Believe in yourself, forget the nay sayers
Tip 2: Visualization – see what you want, have it ever present in your mind
Tip 3: Create discipline – Self discipline is crucial, only you can achieve your goals
Tip 4: Repeat the good, throw out the bad – Focus on what works, not what hinders
4. Track Your Progress
It’s one thing to write down your goal down, but it’s another to track them and monitor your progress. It is essential to monitor your progress, because it is only by seeing the changes you have made that you will be motivated to continue. If no change is noticed then this is where people begin to lose motivation. Get a diary and calendar and begin to track your progress. Also recording photographic or video evidence is a great tool for reviewing progress and reflecting on performance.
These four pillars of motivation are key ingredients to staying on track. If you utilize some of these tips while trying to achieve your goals, you will have the drive to keep going and reach your ultimate dreams. The sky is the limit!
Whatever your ability, here’s your chance to be involved in a charity race where your participation will make a huge difference.
On Saturday, October 3, 120 runners will take to the stairs of Hilton Dubai in The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence in support of the humanitarian situation in Syria.
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And with registration closing next Tuesday, you can still join them for the annual event, which is open to 16-years and above.
With 36 floors and 730 stairs to tackle, the course maybe daunting but once at the top, you will get a magnificent view of Dubai’s skyline.
Even if you do not participate, donations are welcome as all funds raised will be donated to the Emirates Red Crescent charity, which will help those who have been affected in the Syria crisis.
Now in its fourth edition, the event, sponsored by Race ME and Precor Fitness, has become a popular event on the Hilton Dubai calendar, and while hundreds have taken part in the previous races, this year’s looks set to be another success.
“The Hilton Dubai Tower Race is back for another and we are very excited to be hosting it again,” said Alexander Musch, hotel manager of Hilton Dubai, The Walk.
“It’s a really important event for us because all the funds we raise will be donated to the Emirates Red Crescent, who work closely with people who have been affected in Syria and their refugees.
“The previous three times we have done this was warmly well-received from the public which was great to see and we hope this year will be another great success.”
And with a few days remaining until next week’s deadline, Musch is calling out for more people to participate.
“It will be a great event with a vibrant atmosphere and it will be plenty of fun,” he said. “It will be really sociable and is open to all abilities whether you regularly take part in sports or not. Taking part is the key as we want to raise as much money as possible, whether it’s from sponsorship or donations.
“It’s also about giving back to the society and to combine this with sports is a great way to raise funds. I will also be taking part so would like to invite the members of the public to join and be part of an event where your participation will make a huge difference.”
What: Hilton Dubai Tower Race
Where: Hilton Dubai, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence
When: Saturday, October 3, from 07:30
Contact: For registration visit www.premieronline.com
Henry Blofeld is an English sports journalist, best known as a cricket commentator for Test Match Special on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.
He has established a reputation as a commentator with an accent, vocabulary and syntax that is quintessentially Old Etonian both in style and substance. He also writes on cricket and has authored eight books to date.
Blofeld, 77 today, was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting in 2003.
Although his injuries curtailed his own cricketing career, Blofeld did play 16 first-class matches for Cambridge University during 1958 and 1959.
The 1958 side was skippered by future England captain Ted Dexter and his first victim on his debut for Cambridge against Kent, was also another future England captain, Colin Cowdrey, whom he caught off Dexter’s bowling.
1956: Paolo Rossi, former Italy striker and 1982 World Cup winner (59)
1971: Moin Khan, Pakistan team manager and former international captain (44)
1979: Lote Tuqiri, dual-code international wing for Australia, formerly of Leicester and Leinster (36)
1988: Juan Martin Del Potro, Argentinian winner of the 2009 US Open (27)