Starting something – ANYTHING – is often the hardest part. But if you can just take action, one little first step, it gets easier.
This, my friends, isn’t a self-help platitude. IT’S SCIENCE!
Remember Sir Isaac Newton? He said a body at rest tends to stay that way, and a body in motion will stay that way, too. The point is, don’t feel bad about yourself because it’s sometimes hard to leave the house and go to the gym… or to start building a new healthy habit… or to start doing anything you REALLY want to do but can’t seem to get motivated about.
*** 𝑺𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝑵𝒐𝒕𝒆: 𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒊𝒔𝒏’𝒕 𝒅𝒊𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒓𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒐𝒏 𝒂 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒉 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒊𝒕𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒎; 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒊𝒔 𝒂𝒍𝒔𝒐 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒖𝒄𝒌 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒐 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒅𝒊𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒄𝒂𝒏’𝒕 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒊𝒕 𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒅. ***
The solution is often to take one small step. Just one. If you want to go work out, then please, start by putting on your gym clothes and your sneakers.
Tell yourself that’s all you must do: Just get dressed for the gym. Then what? Well, shoot. Now you’re dressed for the gym. Might as well walk to the car, right?
And then what are you going to do except start it and go somewhere… See what I’m doing here?
Seriously! It’s a simple mind trick that works wonders. It’s like how a recovering alcoholic tells herself she just has to go one day at a time without drinking – even though she knows full well that she can’t ever do it again.
I always tell people this is how I incorporated a self-care corrective exercise program by ethically deceiving myself.
I didn’t want to do them because they were tough, and I “just wanted to keep doing what I had been” because it satisfied my ego.
But I am wise enough to know that I had to do different and challenging activities if I wanted a different outcome.
So I tricked myself by saying, “ok, I’ll just lay on the ground while I watch a show.” ”
Well, since I am down here, I’ll do one of the easier corrective stretches…”
“Hey, that felt pretty good. I think I’ll do another….”
15 min later, I completed my routine.👊🏽
The thought of doing it was much more challenging than just doing it.
Little bites are so much more digestible than giant ones! One action leads to another… causing momentum… and so on…
And if you need support, I’m here for it…
It’s not just working out, it’s building a foundation for a better life.
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