This past week, we moved. Yes, we packed up everything in our house and moved into a different house just a mile away. We squeezed the move into a busy month and a busy week, and we worked hard to get everything ready. It’s amazing what a couple of people can do when they put their mind to it. Our goal was to have everything moved by 1:00pm on Saturday, and we hit the goal…just barely, but we did it. We had some great help from family and friends, and now we will continue to unpack and organize as we enjoy this home.
I remember a feeling on Friday morning, in the middle of the move. My wife got up early and was packing boxes. I was in bed, sore from hauling boxes the day before, and I wanted to just lay there for a little while longer. The conversation I had with myself was a back-and-forth discussion about why it would be better to turn over and go back to sleep instead of getting out of bed and get moving, even though it was only 6:00am. Eventually I crawled out of bed, groaning, and kicked into gear to catch up with my wife’s pace.
We kept the pace and achieved the goal.
I don’t know about you, but do you struggle with motivation? Sometimes it’s just so easy to turn over in bed and NOT go to the gym; It’s easy to NOT start and finish that project around the house that has been waiting for you; It’s easy to NOT focus at work and get the things done that need to be completed.
Motivation: “The general desire or willingness of someone to do something.”
Here are a five tips to help you to keep moving today:
#1) Keep Your Eye on the Goal
Know what it is you want to do, you need to do. Create goals to help you know when you have reached it.
Example: I want to lost 5 pounds so I’m going to manage my diet and exercise until I lose 5 pounds.
#2) Get Some Help
Invite others to help you. They can either help you complete what you want to get done, or they can provide some accountability by checking in with you. Knowing that someone else is watching and cares is great motivation!
Example: I’m going to finish writing 5 chapters of my book and I have asked a friend to ask me about it at the end of the month.
#3) Manage Your Time & Resources
Distractions will keep you from doing what you want to do. Watch out for them. Limit them. Run from them. Stay focused!
Example: I need to get 7 hours of sleep so I can be my best at work, but I stayed up late watching a great movie. Bad choice as it affected my work, which was a priority!
#4) Know Your Limitations
Sometimes the things we are trying to accomplish are unrealistic, and we are constantly discouraged because we don’t get everything done that we want to. Be realistic. Create SMART GOALS.
Example: I want to lose 75 pounds this week, so I’m going to manage my diet and exercise until I lose 75 pounds this week. Unrealistic!
#5) Celebrate & Rest
When you hit your goal and complete something you are working towards, stop and celebrate! Enjoy the moment, don’t just dive into something new. Take some time to rest, even if it’s a short break or a walk around the block. This will prepare you for the next goal.
Example: We finished our move, we made the deadline. We took the next day off of packing and moving and had some fun.
If it’s Time to Move, Get Moving!
“Do it NOW. Sometimes ‘LATER’ becomes ‘NEVER'”
“Don’t stop when you are tired. Stop when you are done.”
“Never, Never, Never, Never Give Up” Winston Churchill
“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King
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