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myHealth Blog: How To Stay Motivated When You Are Not

Hi and welcome to this week's 50 & Beyond Health & Wellbeing blog. Each week I will provide you with knowledge, tips, advice and recommendations to inspire you to sustain good metabolic health specific to being over 50. Chris Deavin, myHealthCoach

Many people have said to me over the years, “I don’t need a coach, as I am a very motivated person”. However research has shown motivation is not unlimited.

Every one of us has a certain degree of motivation. Otherwise, we would have no desire to keep living. So, how do we tap into motivation when we need it, and how do we make it last so we can reach the goals we have set ourselves?

Here are some tips to help you stay motivated through the process of achieving your health goals.

1. Accept The Fact The Journey Is Going To Be Hard

Whenever you embrace a new challenge i.e get in better shape or run a 10k race, your motivation is at its highest. The challenge is something new, and we are eager to get underway to conquer it.

As time goes on, though, this new challenge will require more effort and time from you. As it becomes more difficult (as any challenge will; otherwise, it’s not a challenge), our motivation to continue may decrease.

To get around this dip in motivation, accept from the start that the challenge will become more challenging. So when it does, you will not be surprised and will be ready for it. Use this to motivate you to carry on, as it was to be expected.

2. Remember Why You Are Challenging Yourself

Always remember why you started the challenge in the first place. You wanted to become a better person than you were and achieve something you didn’t have. This will help you continue when motivation dips.

With the thought of why you are challenging yourself, your focus will be maintained, and your passion for achievement will keep your motivation high. When there is real passion for doing something, then motivation knows no bounds.

3. Take Time To Refocus & Set Mini Objectives

Even if you are passionate about what you want to achieve, your motivation could still dip. Don’t worry. This is normal and could be down to a variety of things.

The rest of your life could be getting in the way. The world stops for no man (or woman), and the commitments need to be taken care of. The key is to learn to temporarily disconnect from your challenge and then re-focus later when other things have been dealt with. This will actually help in refocusing you on your challenge and give you fresh motivation.

Setting mini-objectives (bite-size actions) to complete your challenge is part of the refocusing tip.

Breaking things down into smaller objectives helps you stay motivated instead of trying to focus on the overall challenge all of the time. Feeling overwhelmed is a surefire way to lower and extinguish any motivation to carry on.

So, even though motivation is limited, there are still things you can do to increase and sustain the motivation you feel at the start of any challenge.

Your Next Step

If you are struggling to stay motivated on your way to the health you want, why not jump on a call to discuss the steps you can take today to turn that belief around? Drop me an email via to arrange a time and day that suits.


Meet Your Coach

Chris Deavin, Owner, myHealthCoach

I have been working as a Health Coach for over two decades now, helping people from many backgrounds improve their overall health and well-being, achieve life goals and become more successful in their professional and personal lives.

My coaching approach is very client-centred, placing each client's goals, wants, needs and desires at the heart of my coaching. I have only succeeded in my own life and business for so long because of the success of my clients. If they are not successful, then nor am I.

By having a very personalised coaching approach, my clients feel that I will work tirelessly to help them achieve the goals they want and believe in what they want to achieve.

By helping 100’s of clients over the years, it is that experience that helps me succeed where many other coaches fail. Yes, it is important to be highly qualified and recognised in the field of coaching, but it is the ability of a coach to implement what they know that ultimately leads to a client being successful.

As your coach, I bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the coaching relationship. I have experienced what works and doesn’t when creating and implementing the right coaching plan for my clients.

Please email me at with any health questions you have or if you require more information about myself and the health coaching I provide.

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