This Sunday started out like most Sundays tend to for me these days. Eyes open around 8am and it’s hello hangover. The usual thought is “Well alright, this is fine, I’ll just drink a cup of coffee and recover.” But really, it ends up ruining the whole day. Actually “ruin” might be a really strong word, but it definitely swallows a chunk of productive/activeness I can’t get back.
So as I sat on the couch this morning, I realized this cycle was in play. And I wanted to stop it, especially after half a week sick in bed, but I couldn’t get my ass up! Why couldn’t I motivate? What is the deal, mel?
When in doubt–Google it.
So I googled “How to motivate” (how sad) and read this article. The wise man who wrote this, no doubt he has a long white beard, laid out 3 high level steps to kick shit in gear:
- Boost your confidence–yes, you can
- Develop a tangible focus–what do you want?
- Develop direction–make it actionable, how will you get there?
I love these steps. Yeah, it’s pretty simple and a little captain obvious, but it’s helpful. I read into it not just to help me get my butt off the couch, but to apply it to my goal of getting back in shape since these illnesses screwed me over took hold on my life.
I immediately emailed a friend of mine to tell her I was going to make a plan. Though it’s not one of the wise man’s 3 steps, telling someone your goal will help keep you accountable. I know what I want (better health & fitness), I’m confident I can make it happen, and now I need to make a plan to get there. Without a plan the goal will just float in a pretty cloud over my head for months as that thing I’d like to do. And that’s just a waste of a cloud.
So this week I’m going to figure out a schedule to get myself back into shape. I’m thinking I shouldn’t dive in head first because I probably owe my body a little more time to recover from this week’s flu ordeal, but then I’m all in. GET BIG!