Write a letter to yourself a week from now, anticipating how you might perform (or perceive your performance) during that week. Encourage yourself and call yourself out on your excuses - write whatever you believe is needed for where you are - and read that same letter in seven days. During those days keep that letter in mind. Try to 'earn' the feeling of encouragement you wrote down for yourself, or maybe even prove wrong the doubts you wrote down by doing something opposite everyday! (Repeat!)
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Don't look at the whole amount you must lose or the quantity of time you need. "Chunk" your time and write yourself a letter to start and end each chunk of time. Set a period of time- 3 months, 1 month, whatever. Write a letter to yourself as you start stating what you believe will happen by the end. Seal the envelope and set it where you can see it.
At the end of the chunk, write a letter telling what actually happened. Then write a new one to start a new "chunk". Keep the old letters as motivation.
Post yourself a reminder note that the SparkPeople site goes down for maintenance EVERY WEEK at the same time, Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. If you write yourself a note, then you won't have to post a message on the Site/Technical forum that the site is down and you can't do anything.
The vision collage can be a great source of motivation, but what about when you're traveling or at work and away from your visual reminder of your goals? Add it to your phone! Create an album on your phone of motivational photos, or write yourself a "note" of motivational words and quotes that you can turn to when you're tempted to go off course.
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