When you’re little, no one tells you how hard adulting really is. You think it will be about having money, staying up late, and eating ice cream for breakfast. They don’t say that your paycheck will be laughable, that you’ll live for naps, and that ice cream for breakfast is out of necessity, not pleasure.I always thought adults were super motivated to go to work and come home to raise their families. Then I became one. And most days I have as much motivation as a high school senior in June. None. Whatsoever.Every night I set my alarm for 5:00 a.m. with high hopes that one day I’ll be able to stick with it. Still, 95% of the time I hit snooze or shut the alarm off, and before I know it, it’s practically time to leave for work. Whoops!
So, how do you find motivation?
The 5 Second Rule
If you haven’t heard of the book The 5 Second Rule, here’s the one-liner rule that author Mel Robins gives:
“If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds, or your brain will kill the idea.”
While it may not be a life-shattering revelation, the 5-4-3-2-1 approach has gotten me up and out of bed on many occasions. It’s even gotten me to speak up in meetings, tell friends how much they mean to me, and work through a few of my other struggles.
It’s something to consider if you need an extra push to make things happen.
The will to work out
I usually lack motivation when it comes to working out. Yes. Seriously. It’s a constant struggle to leave my warm bed, change into my workout clothes, and tiptoe down into my basement gym which is a solid 57 degrees.
Motivation is fluid, which means that it can be hard to keep the momentum because different things drive us all at different times. I know, personally, that some days my motivation is abundant and I can accomplish my entire task list and then some. Today – for instance, I woke up ON TIME, worked out for about an hour, burned over 500 calories, and got in over 4,000 steps before 7 am. Other days, just getting out of bed or washing my hair feels like an accomplishment.
Where does motivation come from?
For me, it comes from a desire to be my healthiest self AND to look great for my upcoming trips to California and Miami. That last reason might be a little superficial, but it’s a strong one.
In order to stick with a goal, you have to find something that – even on your darkest of days – will keep you moving.
Here’ are a few ideas. If you’re motivated by:
Challenge – play a game to be better than you were the day before.
Food – treat yourself to your favorite meal after you complete a big task (like purging your garage of junk).
Money – set aside some dough after every workout and buy yourself something fun when you’ve finished a program or month’s work of workouts.
Likes – if you’re into social media (like really, really into it), post about your progress and rack up those likes!
Just do it
In the end, take a lesson from Nike and just get it done. On the days when you don’t want to get out of bed – and there will be plenty – 5-4-3-2-1 it and move! Especially when you really don’t want to.