First up, I’d like to thank you all for weighing in yesterday on post length. I really appreciate everybody’s opinions on that topic!!
Next up, let’s talk about motivation.
Motivation is a tricky beast.
Motivation, much like the Disney Beast- who was a mean beast and then a nice beast and then a human enchanted to look like a beast- is one tricky beast.
Sometimes your brain is just agog with ideas and energy and you’re all:
“Woohoo it’s time for my run! Run run run. I love to run. I love a little cardio. A little car-di-OHH YEAH I’m on fire today! And I have like 8 ideas for blog posts, what to choose, what to choose. Oh wait what’s that, Brain? Something awesome? Make that 9.”
And then other times it’s like:
“Ehh, I have no idea what I’m going to blog about today, maybe how much I love my pillow. And yes, I’m happy right here on the couch with said pillow and no, I have no plans to put on pants.”
Monica covers both extremes in a convenient minute and a half:
Luckily, most of the time, most of us are somewhere in the middle.
But whether we’re talking about the motivation that gets you out the door and gets your feet moving quickly one after the other for miles and miles or whether we’re talking about the kind of motivation it takes to write a blog post, sometimes you just don’t feeeeeel like it. In those moments, you just have to show up. Because showing up is
80% the entire battle.
Like, all it takes is that choice to make an appearance. You may find that once you’re there (wherever “there” may be) and you start doing it (whatever “it” may be) that you actually feel great. It might turn out to be one of your best workouts.
But sometimes it turns out you were right to be weary, and it sucks. But even if that’s the case and it’s painful and you hate it the whole time, infinity times out of infinity, you’re going to feel better afterwards than you did prior.
Sometimes the only way I get myself to Bar Method is promising myself I can leave half way through. To date that has never once happened. Once I’m there, I get into it. The same goes for blog posts. When I have no motivation, I tell myself that if I just open a new draft I can write “no towels, need sleepy” (from Tommy Boy) over and over again. But, inevitably, I begin to type sentences, and add pictures.
Some good, some not so good.
Finally, the best of both worlds:
An awesome pillow that makes me want to leave my bed. I need this.
Do you ever find that sometimes your best workouts/ blog posts happen on days you did NOT want to exercise/write?
Do you want that pillow too?
What are you doing for the 4th??