Happy New Year!
On behalf of our team, we hope you've had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break!
How have you gone with your New Years 'resolutions' so far?
Or perhaps you don't have any resolutions, and instead are continuing on the path of your longer term goals?
Either way, we thought we'd start the New Years by offering a bit of motivation to ensure you start the New Year on the right track.
We've taken a leaf from Michelle Segar a Motivational Scientist and Faculty Director of Sport in the United States who has helped us achieve our goals over the years so we thought we'd share her 4 fold approach...
So here it is in our own words....
Make sure you think about what has worked for you in the past when it comes to goals you have achieved, but also consider why you're choosing the goals that are ahead of you.
Before you enter the next stage, you need to be sure that you're moving towards a certain direction for the right reasons.
Is getting on your bike a chore or a gift?
If it's becoming a chore - perhaps you need to rethink things through and ask why you started riding in the first place, and what motivated you from the very start.
Let go of what has been!
Right now it does not matter whether you have achieved your past seasons goals or not.
The past often has a way of finding itself muddled up in the now and we won't lie, it's pretty bad for your motivation levels - particularly if it wasn't the best experience.
Reset now, envision the memories of the past being locked away in a box in the the back of your mind and don't allow them to come out.
If you think about yesterday, or even today, consider the good things that have happened in your day and if time was no barrier, what experiences would you fill your time up with.
It may be spending more time with your partner, visiting a relative, laying in bed meditating before starting your day, spending more time on the rollers, etc.
Once you work out what experiences make you feel good, make them a priority to do more of them.
This will lead to greater happiness and motivation which is going to help you with other areas of your life, like your cycling :-)
Plan a week, complete the week's plan, and then sit down and evaluate how the week went.
What worked, what didn't, and then plan for next week.
In life's busyness this can be really hard to do - but we guarantee, if you can map out a few weeks in a row and make time to evaluate, you will work out what is sustainable, and beneficial for you.
This might look like focusing on short quality training sessions instead of long sessions to accommodate more family time or allowing for an additional rest day per week to work on other areas of your life.
If things don't go to plan, you can always revisit the reflect and reset stages.
And remember, there's always something to be learnt and gained in EVERY situation.
Have a great year ahead!