Digging Deep To Find Determination When The Going Gets Tough

determination to reach your goal

I’m half way though my 6 week mind and body transformation challenge and I’m starting to find some obstacles in my path. It’s at this point that I need to dig deep and really find that determination to push through the last three weeks.

What has prompted this dip in my resolve? A combination of static weight, sickness and intense pressure at work.

As a teacher my desire to do the best job I can in the classroom is driving me to neglect myself.  The dominance of school work has resulted in less meal planning and more ‘winging it’!  If you’ve been following my journey over the last few weeks  you will know that in the past it’s the planning that lets me down, so I hear the alarm bells ringing!

This is the first week that I haven’t created a food plan or cooked extensively at the weekend. To add to this I haven’t been to my regular gym sessions before school because I’ve been off sick and I’m sleeping in! These 2 things signal a drift towards old patterns and a slide away from my goal.

When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal,

you do not change your decision to get there.

This quote is a reminder that I must set my course doggedly, work around these obstacles and never lose sight of my goal: I will be a fitter, stronger me!

With school holidays less than a week away I need to re-focus, plan and prepare for the last 3 weeks of the challenge.

What do you do when you feel yourself letting things get in the way of your goals? Do you have any tips or tricks to share about galvanizing your determination and re-focusing? I’d love to hear your advice in the comments.


Further Information

Lisa is participating in a 6 week Mind and Body Transformation at Advanced Fitness studio. To read about goal setting and finding your why click here.


  1. Melissa @ Bright Side Up says:

    I find it hard to stay on track, especially with putting others first. I have been doing a program which luckily came to me in the form of an App. I have found this valuable as there are weekly and daily tasks as well as encouraging your progress. Keep pushing forward!

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks for the encouragement Melissa, an app sounds like a really good idea as you have it with you all the time on your phone! I have always struggled to keep my motivation going past the first couple of weeks, but writing about my experiences is keeping me more accountable!

    • Lisa says:

      Thank Becky, it helps to be maintain motivation and commitment with inspirational quotes, so #candidcuddles has been a perfect opportunity to draw inspiration from!

  2. Kirsten Toyne says:

    Hi Lisa, My advice is to really focus on what you want to achieve. Build a picture in your mind and go back to it repeatedly through your day. What do you want to feel? What will that be like? How will you act, move and behave differently? When we create in depth pictures and bring up the feelings that we want it is easier for our mind to get hold of and work towards. Best of luck. We all have dips in energy so be kind to yourself too, particularly if you are unwell. Kirsten
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