4 ways to beat the blues after achieving goal: tips from a trainer

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Pamela Hernandez of Thrive Personal Fitness has advice on how you can beat the blues, even if you're not an athlete.

You followed your training schedule to a T for 26 weeks. You crossed the finish line feeling better than ever. Now that it is all over, however, you may feel a little blue.

That “let down” feeling after training with such laser focus and determination for ANY race or challenge is completely normal! You can just sign up for another race, or you could use it as an opportunity to try something new.

****Follow your passion. I love the idea of a 100 Dreams List from the book 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam. Making a list of 100 things you want to do, see or experience (no matter how big or small) can help you find where your passion really lies.

When I felt my own slump not too long ago the list helped show me where I really wanted to go both personally and professionally. It helped renew my passion for what I do and discover new paths I wanted to explore.

****Hire a coach. To reach these new goals it can be helpful to hire a running coach or a personal trainer, especially if you’ve never had one before. He or she can help you discover your weakness and strengths as well as provide new ways of attacking old issues. A coach can also provide the structure and accountability you might be missing since your last event.

****Share your expertise. You also might find this is the perfect time to BECOME a coach. Teaching others is a great way to find your joy again and often learn a thing or two. Organizations like Girls on the Run are always looking for running coaches to team up with young women running their first 5K. Other charities may need your
help organizing a race or volunteering. (If you haven’t already be sure to check out Paul’s photo gallery from the Red Dress Dash that both he and I participated in for the American Heart Association.)

****Be a beginner again. When the joy goes missing also try to remember how fun it was in the beginning. Run, ride or lift just for the fun of it. Lose your tracker and forget the app. Just go out and move for the sheer joy of it. Remembering how to be beginner again by joining a group or taking on a new skill is a great way to find the
happiness in pursuit again.

Need more motivation tips? Check out my new book, Motivation Is Made Not Found, for 30 other ideas and action steps to help unlock the secret to creating your own motivation.