Being motivated is the key to staying with something new. At first, motivation can come from people around you. You might try a new activity that a friend or counselor suggested, but to continue doing something new, the motivation must come from inside you. For example, you might join a team sport because somebody tells you it’s healthy. When you start to feel healthier and stronger, you’re likely to stay with it. If you find the team has a poor attitude or you’re only going because you feel pressured, look for another sport and don’t feel like a failure. When you find an activity you really like and it makes you feel better physically and you feel a sense of belonging, you’ll find you want to go, not feel like you have to go.
Pick a challenge—not too hard, not too easy. Build motivation within yourself. Stay clear of pressures and stay in charge. Facing comfortable challenges will make you feel competent and motivated to do more.
Here are some tips to help you build inner motivation:
Current as of: March 2, 2017
Author: Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services