Friday 30 September 2016

Karl Henry: Motivation is key to reaching your goals

Surrounding yourself with empowering people will help you stay focussed on your fitness journey, says our fitness expert. Here he shares his top tips on how to keep hitting those targets, even on an off day

Karl Henry

Published 25/05/2016 | 02:30

Mr Motivator: Trainer Karl Henry shares his tips for staying motivated during training.
Mr Motivator: Trainer Karl Henry shares his tips for staying motivated during training.

Wasn't it great to see Rory McIlroy and Alex Ferguson on stage together recently in the Convention Centre in Dublin? Two superstars, experts in their field, giving us all a glimpse into their minds and what makes them so succesful, during a talk to raise funds for the golfer's charity The Rory Foundation. One of the common themes was that successful people are motivated, focussed, driven, sometimes ruthless, and have a burning ambition to push themselves and those around them to be the best.

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They are empowering to be around. I am sure every reader knows someone like this, someone who lifts your mood by just talking to them. These are the people that you really want to surround yourself with.

Becoming motivated is the key, setting targets to stay motivated and keep going no matter what, no matter how many off days you have. I think this is one of the key messages that we can all take away from their talk. And yet motivation is something so many struggle with.

It can be so hard to keep it going , especially when you have a bad day. This week I thought I would bring you some simple tips that hopefully can make it a little easier for you to find that motivation and to stay motivated too.

• It all starts with a goal. Like it or love it, goal-setting is the key. You need a real reason to make changes. When the going gets tough, you will need to dig deep and push on through. To do this, you will need the right goal. I often call this a trigger point - it can be a photo or a comment or clothes that don't fit, but it needs to happen to trigger your goal to make that change.

• Don't tell people about your goal. The more people you tell, the harder it is going to be as you are placing more pressure on yourself and when you fall off the wagon it will be harder to get back on. As much as I admire people for posting and tweeting about what they are going to do, for most people it just makes things so much harder! Aim to do it for yourself, tell your close family and then just get on and make it happen.

• Remember Rome wasn't built in a day, so results take time.Anyone who tells you differently is not telling the truth. Pick a goal that you can work towards over time and once you are getting closer you're winning.

• When you fall off the wagon, remember no one is perfect, and change is hard. The key part here is that you get back on track as soon as possible. You need to draw a line in the sand, accept the fact that you had a bad day or week and move forward. There is no point beating yourself up over it and feeling even worse, just remember that everyone does it and being able to move on quickly is the best thing that you can do.

• Don't just settle for average. Goals can be big or small, they can be whatever you want really. When setting your goal or setting a new one having achieved the first, why not aim for something epic, something huge, something that you will be able to achieve even though its a big leap? All too often we settle for the normal, the average, when we are in fact capable of so much more. As they say, reach for the stars.

• Build that positive network. I have always said that those around you will directly impact how you feel, look and think. Surround yourself with those who will help to push your boundaries, your goals and your abilities. Surround yourself with the people you want to become, not those who can drag you down or restrict you from achieving your best.

• Do it today! Do it now, write it down, text it to a friend ,call someone and commit to the goal. Don't put it off or wait another week, make that commitment now, today that you are going to make the change, to register for that event and you are going to do everything in your power to make it happen, leave no stone unturned.

Irish Independent

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