Let’s start this week with one of my favorite all-time quotes on the subject of motivation:
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.
– Zig Ziglar
Yup. That’s motivation for you. That fleeting feeling you get, that flutter of happiness, when you’re thinking of doing something that might just be good for you. You think, “ah, what a nice idea it would be to get up at, say, 5:30 a.m. tomorrow morning to trek out to a yoga class before my day begins.” (This is exactly what I am trying to talk myself into for Monday morning – by the time you read this, I will have either done the deed, or not. Full report Tuesday).
Motivation is lovely. Motivation can make us feel powerful, strong, ready to succeed. And motivation usually lasts just about as long as, say, a two-year-old’s attention span. If you’ve read this far, you’ve probably already felt motivated…and then, not so much. Motivation is tough to bottle up and dole out in appropriately-sized doses.
Motivation is so hard to keep around that some time management experts are now recommending that we don’t try to manage our motivation (read: the emotions regarding the task that lies in front of us). Instead, we should manage our habits and our schedules. The motivation to get things done will show up when it feels like showing up.
This week is Motivation Week at Every48. I’m polling my buds about how they get (and stay) motivated to work out, what tips, tricks, bribes, cool outfits, and fun activity-related rewards they’ve come up with to keep themselves on their game, and I’ll report back to the troops here. What I’ve already learned is that even people who are super-successful-seeming are not motivated 24/7 to do the hard, slogging work that leads to the triumph. They manage themselves in a very sure and certain way. They become super-reliable, no matter how many times they actually wanted to press the snooze button that morning. They become people that other people can count on – because they’ve already become somebody that they can count on themselves.
This week is dedicated to helping you (and, let’s face it, me) become somebody you can count on for yourself, by keeping your commitment to regular exercise. Here we go.
Recent #Every48 workouts: Friday 6/6 – a BIKE RIDE at the gym: what I call the “5/15/5/15/5.” It’s 5 minutes of warmup, 15 minutes of moderate to “harder than moderate” pace, then 5 minutes of easy pace, then 15 more minutes of harder pace, then 5 minutes of easy pace to cool down. If you do this right, you should be working pretty hard in the two 15-minute sets. Sunday 6/8 – a RUN outdoors. Gorgeous and sunny in Seattle today – so much so, that I got a little overheated and knocked my run back by a mile. 5 miles at easy pace.