You CAN redefine your relationship with Motivation – (Hint: it doesn’t have to be all or nothing!)
Ok. So I used to run religiously. I made sure I got out a minimum of three times a week but it usually ended up being more. (Stick with me here, this is definitely NOT an “I’m amazing and have super willpower and natural athletic ability” post.)
I had a good system down; a sustainable routine of workouts and even mostly good eating habits. (They say to follow the 80/20 rule of eating healthy 80% of the time so you can cheat 20% of the time. Nailed it!)
But then my good friend, Motivation, started drifting away.
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Motivation is a fickle, jerk of a guy sometimes. Even during the good times he’s hard to keep around. One day he’s my bff, the next he’s nowhere to be found. Why am I even trying to keep this relationship going?
Because it’s worth it.
So very worth it. It’s not always easy, sometimes it’s ugly. But any relationship you want to be long term needs to be nurtured. Stay in touch. Go shopping, have coffee together, watch a movie, talk stupid over a beer.
But you have to remember that every great relationship also needs time apart. It’s ok to do your own thing sometimes.
So don’t get upset or discouraged when Motivation isn’t banging down your door everyday. That would get kind of annoying anyway, especially if he uses the doorbell. Ahhh, the doorbell! It’s like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. But I digress…
Like any friend, some days Motivation will be right by your side, making a workout seem easy or giving you the encouragement to tackle that ridiculously disorganized closet. Who knew you had so many freakin’ towels!
Other days, you’ll feel like you’re worlds apart. On those days, realize that it’s ok to not be giving 110% all the time. Burn-out is not cool.
Just remember that Motivation is still on your side. He’s not an enemy. He’s not someone that’s out to ruin your day. He wants you to do well and accomplish your goals too. Welcome him back the next day and get back to it!
Your perspective changes when you start looking at your relationship with Motivation as one of a friend rather than one of an adversary. If you have any sort of goals in your life, which I sure the heck hope you do!, Motivation is what’s going to help you succeed.
So let’s get to it! Picture Motivation by your side (I like to think of him as a happy cartoon mug of coffee. See image above.) and get going!
Let’s put together some tools:
- to do lists
- calendars (I LOVE having a calendar in my face to show me what I’ve accomplished or need to do)
- organizational tools
- a great support system of friends and family
- everything you’ll need to get sh*t done! (like the world’s strongest coffee!)
What are YOUR goals? Exercise more? Eat healthier? Go back to school? Maybe start your own blog??? Which I would love to read, by the way.
You and Motivation are going to accomplish great things together and I can’t wait to hear about it!
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