For those of you in the south east area of Australia right now (and in even some parts of Queensland) you would have experienced what they’re calling the Polar Vortex, which is basically a blast of cold weather coming straight from the balmy 😉 shores of Antarctica.
As we focus on motivation this month, I want to have a quick ‘chat’ to you about how we can stay motivated in the dead of winter when there is less daylight hours to play with, freezing cold mornings and plenty of reasons to snuggle up on the couch with a blanket and a block of chocolate.
Regardless of whether it’s health-related, business-related or lifestyle-related, we can fall off the motivational wagon in winter.
Here’s how to jump back on the wagon and ride it towards spring which is only 49 days away (not that I’m counting or anything!).
1. Plan ahead
If you were going to go for a walk in the morning but end up staying under the doona, consider planning ahead by getting your clothes and shoes ready, right next to your bed. Anything that makes getting out the door quicker and easier with less excuses will move you towards action.
2. Phone a friend
‘Do you want to build a snowman?’ Anna asked Elsa in the now famous Frozen movie. Why? Because it’s more fun with more than one person. Anything else in winter is too. If it’s exercise, do it with a friend. If it’s a business goal, stay accountable with a coach or work colleague. If you want to get more organised at home, work on some goals with a friend and stay accountable.
3. Set mini goals and action plans
Want to have all your tax for the last financial year done by the end of July? Set a goal and create an action plan around the steps you need to take to do it. Do you want to spend more time with your friends? Write a list of who you want to catch up with and when and get on that phone and schedule some in!
4. Strength in numbers
We talked about phoning a friend, but how about becoming part of a groundswell of people with a similar goal to keep you on track? Things like signing up for Deepak Chopra and Oprah’s 21 Day Mindfulness Challenge in July or taking part in fundraising activities for initiatives such as Dry July will keep you on track. Being part of ‘something bigger’ than yourself AND with such a great cause behind it, is always motivating.
5. Look ahead
A friend of mine signed up to the Seven Bridges walk yesterday. It’s not until October, but it’s a way she is making sure she keeps moving and walking during the colder months. AND she’s grabbed a few friends and they now have a training plan, catching up every weekend to walk 10 – 20 kilometres together. Brilliant!
The trick is to commit. Commit to your goals and action them regardless of the weather.
Lose the excuses and gain the benefits of keeping active both mentally AND physically during winter. This will get you sliding into spring with a whole lot of vitality and energy instead of being behind the energy eight ball.