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As we come into March, those January goals are either completely on track on just on the cusp of abandonment (if they haven’t already been scrapped and if you can even remember what they are). So, with this in mind, how do you keep your motivation and maintain your healthy habits while enjoying the process?

Assess your goals

It’s important to establish why things may have gone a bit topsy-turvey. Evaluate whether your goals are SMART so you can realign your focus. For those who may not be aware of SMART, it’s an acronym which you can use to set/evaluate your goals. SMART stands for:

Prioritise

I recently wrote about priorities within one of my Instagram posts and I wrote about how flexible priorities can be. I personally take a mental note of my priorities each week as I believe them to be constantly changing. I always have the same type of priorities e.g. family, relationship, money, work, sport etc but the order of these changes each week. Many people will often place family as their priority, which is fantastic however if your family is stable and going really well, does it need to be top on your list? Perhaps by re-evaluating, you can change it around and make some space to hit those goals.

Set a plan

It’s great to have a goal in mind but how are you actually going to achieve it? If your goal is to cover a certain distance during the year, what mileage should you have covered by June? By August? Be realistic in what you’re able to do and set yourself a plan. Plans will not only give you something to work with but will keep you on track if you’re running behind.

Reward yourself

As well as your plan, give yourself rewards for hitting those targets. It doesn’t need to be a foodie treat necessarily but while you’re planning, think about what will work for you with rewards. Fancy going bowling or having a movie night in? Go for it - you deserve it!

I’d love to tell you that just by following these steps, you’ll smash your goals but it doesn’t come without hard work. These are just some of the steps to help keep you on track and ultimately, if you fall off the band wagon and need to get back on it, don’t stress too much. Goals are goals but any progress is progress. It might take you a bit longer but with planning and hard work, you’ll get there!

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Jamie Gane

Teacher of Mathematics from Basingstoke

Age group: 25-29

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