This morning I ran into a friend as I was dropping off my girls at school. She asked me if I was about to go running and told me how envious she was of me that I could muster up the energy to get out there. I asked her what she meant. She said, "I want to go running. I tell myself all the time that I'm going to make it happen. I buy the shorts and the shoes and I get it in my head that I'm ready. But, then, I don't do it. I just can't seem to get over the hump." Admittedly, I'm not an expert on motivation and there are always days when I can barely get out there myself, but what I did tell her is that "the hump" doesn't have to be so big. Why not make it a bit smaller and easier to get over? Eliminate the "but" and just say "i want to". Then make the goal something that is attainable. 3 miles instead of 5. 1 mile instead of 3. A long walk instead of nothing. And then try it again. And keep trying until you do it. And, when you're ready, raise the hump. "Ok", she said. "No more 'buts'". And then we high-fived.
Listen to this:
Maps - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs