Motivation Is What Gets You Started. Habit Is What Keeps You Going
Monica Concha, Trainer Manager and Master Trainer at Chelsea Piers Athletic Club, talks resolutions, goals- and finding your own personal victories.
The start of a new year can be a powerful thing. A chance to start fresh, set new goals and feel optimistic about the year ahead. Sometimes, this can feel overwhelming, and people set themselves up to fail by setting unrealistic goals or simply failing to launch.
We sat down with Monica Concha, Trainer Manager and Master Trainer at Chelsea Piers Athletic Club, to discuss how to get going, and keep going strong, in the new year.
CP: Oscar, this time of year can feel both motivating and daunting to people who are looking to make changes to their life. What’s the best way to get going, and keep going strong, in the new year?
MC: It’s quite simple – set a timeline of small goals that can realistically be achieved and will not overwhelm you. The issue that most people run into when setting their “New Year’s Resolutions”, is that they set too big of health/fitness goals and shortly after, lose the motivation and desire to keep going because they do not see results fast enough. People who want instant gratification forget that in order to truly be successful, they have to be patient and be willing to put in the work.
CP: We recently spoke about the quote, “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” What does this phrase mean to you?
MC: Motivation is a very powerful tool for the infamous “New Year, New You” trend. It resonates with most people who are looking to jump-start their health/fitness goals, but in order to keep going, one must execute a routine that encompasses mindful eating and exercising. This habitual behavior will then become a part of your lifestyle. Once you start to feel and look better, you will not want to deviate from achieving your goals.
CP: How can people remain confident in the goals they set?
MC: You have to believe in yourself. Dedication, determination, and discipline will go a long way if you stay grounded. You have to focus on YOU and keep in mind that the reward of longevity is priceless. Obstacles are inevitable, so keep your head up and keep pushing forward. You cannot let one bad day get the best of you.