What are your goals? More importantly… what is keeping you from them?
In our day-to-day we often find ourselves pushing aside our dreams in favor of what is easy in the moment.
“Want to go for that run?” . . . “It’s too cold. “
“When are you going to start that project?” . . . “I am busy today, maybe tomorrow”
Life’s perfect circumstances rarely fall into our laps. It takes planning to find motivation where you might have none. Here are three easy tips to help you bust excuses before they start.
Plan out your Day
We all know the phrase “if you want something done, give it to a busy person.” There is usually time to find in your day. Setting a time period for tasks can help you move swiftly by giving you a goal to shoot for. Structure will also keep you from acting on a whim and doing something that completely throws off your day.
Meet your Needs
Head off the cravings that pull our attention away from our goals by making sure your needs are met. Maybe you didn’t go on that run because you did not feel safe outside or sheltered from the elements. Maybe you’re hungry…
Get that warm jacket on, strap on some reflectors and find somewhere to run with plenty of people!
Motivate your Mind
Our brains can be our best friends or our worst enemies. Rather than allowing your head to begin thinking of things it would rather be doing start to visualize yourself completing a step towards your goal or think about how nice it will feel to accomplish that goal.
Self-talk also works! “I will feel good once I accomplish this”
Last winter I thought it was too cold for me to ride my bike. The excuses stared to pour in… “I don’t like to exercise inside…I can’t be expected to train in THIS… my glasses fog up from my breath, it is unsafe to not see.. my face might get frost bitten..I don’t want to pay for a gym membership…”
Be careful what you hide behind, the solution might just be a little ridiculous…