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A counterintuitive way to get motivated

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If you feel yourself starting to lose motivation, here's some unsolicited advice that may help you get through it.

 



This year I made a promise to myself that I would get back to my disciplined ways, and so far it's going well.

 

The commitment I've made to myself is to be up at 3:30 in the morning Monday-Friday to either finish or work on my highest priority.

 

The reality is, with a 9 month old son, and all of the things I need to do throughout the day, I really don't have any other option if I want to hit my goals.

I've been more productive in the last few weeks than the previous few months, and I can feel the momentum building.

 

There's one thing I've noticed that I wanted to bring up.

The first few days weren’t too bad, as I was excited to get the new year rolling. After just a few days though, I found myself trying to convince myself that "It's going to get easier" at night before going to sleep.

 

I kept getting up, and I was annoyed that it wasn’t getting any easier. Those thoughts began to creep up in my head.

“You can sleep for another 15 minutes”

“You can do that in the afternoon”

“If you don’t rest you won’t have energy for later”

The excuses started to pile up.

 

I knew I had to change my approach.

 

So, over the last week and a half, instead of trying to get myself to believe it would start to get easier, I actually started doing the opposite.

I started telling myself “This is going to suck"

 

And sure enough, waking up at 3:30am does indeed suck... for the first 5 minutes. I’ve found that if I can make it 5 minutes after my alarm goes off, I’m good to go.

I've noticed that by telling myself the truth, I have a much better mental approach, and more realistic expectations when I wake up in the morning.

 

I'm not setting a trap for myself thinking its going to somehow magically get easier.

I've been able to get so much more done every day, even if I only have 45 minutes to an hour to get things done.

 

My challenge to you is to tell yourself the truth about whatever your goals are. Embrace the challenge, and get excited to face those voices in your head every single day.


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