“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” Lawrence J. Peter
I was recently kicking around one of my fave blogs, Project Swole, which is run by my bud Steve. I found a post that I thought would be fun to revisit. It’s titled Make Your Own Motivation.
We all struggle in our day to day lives. Maybe not with the exact same things, as some are blessed differently than others. You may be surprised to learn that what you struggle with isn’t all that different than the next guy.
Seems that I’m always wrestling with having money to pay the bills, work, time with my family, etc. (not in that order).
Setting priorities is a great way to start. This can be as simple as jotting down your top 5 short term goals and taping them to the fridge. To-do list are a popular form of doing this on a day-to-day basis.
It never fails–I will put off sleep in order to do something. It doesn’t have to be anything important either, such as watching a t.v. show that I’ve seen before. Then the next day I’m wiped out, and think to myself, “Self, what the heck were you thinking?”. To which I reply, “I dunno.”
Exercise and diet are two other common areas that many of us put at the bottom of the list. I’ve been guilty of that on many occasions. The sad part is, I know that it’s going to make me feel like crap.
Break it down
Steve has a couple of great suggestions that I want to share.
- Get a lifting partner. Bottom line, accountability. You’re so much less likely to bail on the gym if somebody is expecting you to be there.
- Tell others about your plan. Accountability rears it’s head again. I know that if I have to answer to somebody, the chances that I’m going to flake are much less likely.
- Health first. *Spoiler Alert!* None of us are going to live forever. I know that may shock a few people, but it’s true. That being said, take care of yourself so that you can take care of your loved ones, and anybody that may rely on you. That includes work.
- Being strong is a good thing. You just never know when being in good physical condition may come in very handy. Steve uses the example of something falling on you or a loved one, and you being able to lift it off. Or how about being attacked? If you’re all fluffy, you’ll have a hard time defending yourself. Here’s a secret–when you’re in good shape, you will have a confidence about you. Would-be attackers don’t like confidence in their prey, and will often chose another target.
- Music may soothe the savage beast, but it can also turn you into one. Training while listening to soft jazz will not coax you into lifting a heavier weight. Something that causes a guteral response, like good rock music, will get your juices flowing. Who knows, you may just get a new personal record with the right song.
Bring it in
Whatever the reason, everybody needs to find their motivation. For myself, it’s all about my family. My wife and daughters are everything to me. I want to do everything that I can to be here for them as much as possible.
I have a day job, which I really enjoy. I have responsibilities there. We also own a business. I have goals that I want to achieve.
Without putting my priorities in order and proper perspective, I’d fail. I just can’t let that happen.
What do you do to keep your priorities straight?
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