OK I have to be honest! This week has been tough! I have not been motivated. I’ve spent a lot of time in bed.
I was in bed so much that I thought maybe my body was telling me something and I was getting sick.
Nope! I’m fine.
Just not motivated. 🙁
No matter what I told myself this week I just couldn’t get myself to the gym. (Or even to the yoga mat at the end of my bed.)
So it got me thinking.
How do I motivate myself when I’m just not motivated?
Funny thing is, the more I thought about it, the more reasons I would think of NOT to do something.
So, finally on Sunday evening I stopped thinking about how to motivate myself and just did it!
After my nap, and after finishing the best book ever, Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella, and after seeing there was nothing on TV that could still hold my attention, I realized there was absolutely no reason I couldn’t get on the treadmill. And I also realized that if I kept laying there thinking about it, I would never do it.
No more thinking about it.
I got up and put on my workout leggings and tennis shoes. (I left my comfy t-shirt on though.)
It just so happened that Ashley was playing with my hula hoop. I promptly told her I needed it and she lovingly obliged.
She was probably happy to see me out of bed finally!
(If you follow me on IG I’m certain you got a good laugh out of the Boomerang she made of me hooping it up!)
Warming up with the hula got my blood flowing and I happily jumped on the treadmill.
I was so happy. I thought, when I enjoy this so much, why do I have such a hard time motivating myself?
The problem is I was over analyzing it.
Do you ever do that?
I had what is commonly known as analysis paralysis.
Don’t let this happen to you.
The next time you’re struggling with motivation remember this…
Taking action is the easiest and most effective way to get over analysis paralysis. Bar none!
Nike got it right, “Just Do It!”
The first step is usually the hardest.
When you can’t seem to find motivation, just take action. Any kind that moves you closer to your goal.
It’s kind of like what they say, “Do it until you feel like doing it.”
I read a great blog by Mark Manson calling this the “Do Something” principle.
It’s a quick 6 minute read if you have time to check it out.
Your actions create further emotional reactions and inspirations and move on to motivate your future actions. Taking advantage of this knowledge, we can actually re-orient our mindset in the following way:
Action → Inspiration → Motivation
The conclusion is that if you lack the motivation to make an important change in your life, then do something, anything really, and then harness the reaction to that action as a way to begin motivating yourself.
I love this idea! When you’re not motivated, don’t waste time sitting there trying to think of ways to motivate yourself.
Time to take action!
Don’t overthink however, DO think of how good you’ll feel afterwards!!!
Happy Monday my HiP friends!
I hope this helps jumpstart your week.
If you have any simple yet effective motivational ideas, please do share in the comments!