It’s simple: Begin. Anywhere. New blog post? Begin. New project at work? Begin. Job searching? Begin. New workout routine? Begin. Dishes in the sink? Begin.
I know what you’re thinking: easier said than done, right? What is it about the beginning that is so overwhelming? We often get stuck worrying about the outcome, not knowing where to begin, or fearing failure. Sometimes we’re just tired and it seems easier to get take-out and settle in for a night of television than it does to prepare a healthy meal and workout.
Motivation isn’t something that happens to you. You happen and motivation is the result. It is a choice. A choice to act. What…a choice?! Yes. The thing is, you are in control of your motivation or lack thereof. This realization is life changing – you have the power.
We often feel like if we only had some magical motivation pill, we would be able to do more, be more, and have more. I challenge you to look at motivation as a choice. When you’re feeling stuck, uninspired, or overwhelmed, decide to begin anyway. This decision will breed forward movement. Remember when you were in school and had a big paper due? You’d sit in front of the screen for hours just staring at the cursor. Eventually you’d start with the middle of the paper and the words would start flow naturally. Start in the middle and work your way around to the beginning.
Tips for Finding Your Motivation
Clean up! A clean and organized space is a big motivator. Clutter creates chaos. The simple act of cleaning off your desk can clear your mind and encourage you to get started on that project you’ve been stressing over all day.
Get moving! Feeling especially sluggish? Put on your favorite song and dance around the house or take a walk around the block. By getting your blood pumping and heart rate up you will pull you out of your funk.
Call in reinforcements! Do you find every excuse not to go to that yoga class? The only time cleaning the bathroom is appealing seems to be when it gives you permission not to exercise or do your work. Make a pact with your friends to meet at the gym, do that juice cleanse together, or spend a dedicated 90 minutes on separate tasks before rewarding yourselves a phone date.
Just do it! The hardest part is making the decision to do it. Whatever “it” is, just get started. Don’t worry about starting at the logical beginning point or having the perfect outcome. Start anywhere and keep moving.
What are you going to begin today? Me? I’m about to step away from the computer and onto the yoga mat.
I wish you a fantastic week as we close out the summer!