When Motivation Isn’t For Sale (Part II)

by julie on November 22, 2011

As previously noted, motivation doesn’t grow on trees.  It’s not for sale either – not even at Lululemon. Sorry! Three more motivation techniques:3.  One day moment at a time: It can be tempting to assign one feeling or sensation to an entire day.  People often say: “I’m tired today,” or “I’m down this week.”

Yet, physical sensations and mental states-of-mind can change in a heart-beat.  I challenge you to measure your feelings by moment instead of by day.
Try staying open to the possibility of feeling differently by the afternoon or evening. Say, “I’m tired at the moment, but we’ll see…

This strategy has been freeing to me – as I experience physical discomfort daily, but the day is long and full of possibilities!

4. “I will not touch my bed. I will not touch my bed.”

I’ve GOT to go for a run!” I told myself one sunny afternoon as I arrived home around 4:30pm.

But I was feeling “blah” and I knew that once in my bedroom, the Sirens of Sleep would call from my bed – pulling me in against my better judgment.

I repeated, “I will not touch my bed. I will not touch my bed,” as I changed, grabbed my ipod and head back outdoors.

This silly mantra kept my good intention in the forefront of my mind and muffled the Sirens of Sleep.
 
5. Jock Jams: When in doubt, I blast a favorite tune or watch athletic gear commercials on YouTube.  Currently, my favorite song is “Shake It Out” by Florence + the Machine. My favorite commercials:
 
IMPORTANT: listen to your body – only you know what you need most. I do NOT exercise when experiencing a sleep attack or excessive daytime sleepiness. I like to exercise right after waking up from a nap.  These suggestions are from my personal experience – I am not a doctor or sports specialist.

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Gail November 23, 2011 at 9:33 am

" physical sensations and mental states-of-mind can change in a heart-beat.  I challenge you to measure your feelings by moment instead of by day. "
Julie, this is great advice! Even being sick there are times of the day I feel better and have energy to accomplish something. Thanks for motivating and inspiring us!

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