When it comes to achieving goals, I think it’s fair to say we can easily lose our way and get distracted, even though we all start with the best of intentions! Suddenly you find yourself totally un-motivated and frustrated at the whole situation. You see… our little friend motivation, is a bit like a naughty puppy, take your eyes off it for one moment and it’s gone walk-a-bouts! It is possible to retrieve it back again and that’s’ where H&H come in! Sustaining motivation is the key to the tricky lock of goal setting and goal completing, so we want to share our H&H secrets to staying motivated, whatever your goals may be…

Be Specific
Rule number one, don’t be blasé with goal setting. You may have a rough idea in your mind of what you want to achieve but in order to give yourself the best start you need to be specific. Want to start running? Set yourself a distance. You want to make sure your goal is as recognisable as possible so that you’ll know as soon as you’ve achieved it. Being 100% clear on your goal will help enable you to figure out a successful strategy.

Know your reasons
Another significant factor to be aware of is understanding why you want to achieve your goal, as it’s important to have some kind of underlying passion for it. Whether it’s quitting sugar (if you haven’t already!) or spending more time with your family, get a pen and paper, and note down why it’s so important to you.

Display your inspiration
Being able to see something that inspires you towards you goal is so easy yet incredibly effective at keeping you motivated. For example, if your goal is to save some money for your dream holiday, stick some pictures of your desired destination around your house (I stick mine inside cupboard doors!) You’ll constantly be reminded of how much you want to go and it will over-ride the temptation to spend money on that morning coffee! (Make a green tea at home instead!)

Get reading
Reading about and researching your goal is another good one! An on-going goal of mine is to be more adventurous in the kitchen so I’m constantly looking at new recipes online and scrolling through books and magazines to gain inspiration. Becoming knowledgeable in your goals is a great way to keep you motivated and you’ll gain a better insight in to what works and what doesn’t.

Find a goal buddy
Grab a friend and get them on board! Conquering a goal is way more fun when you can share the experience with someone! It becomes less of a goal and more of an exciting challenge where you can both take part and be a supporter too. Besides a little friendly competition never hurt anyone!

words by Molly Jennings