Today I have decided to tell a bit of a personal story from Thursday, as I think it illustrates how motivating yourself now encourages you to feel more motivation in the future….
It was really really hot here in Auckland today and to be honest with you I didn’t feel like doing very much at all.
I spent the day inside an air conditioned office and when I went outside to walk home I just got so tired. I really didn’t want to walk home and even more than that I really did not want to go to the gym!
I was desperately trying to think of valid reasons not to, but none of them were really good enough. I couldn’t put it off till tomorrow because than I would get all out of sync and be training hard the day before training hard again, with no rest in between. Not what I want.
I also could not justify missing the workout altogether because I have a plan from my trainer and if I don’t do what I should do then I won’t get the results I have asked her for (which will be delivered if I stick to my plan). I would be letting myself down if I didn’t train and also I would be letting her down too.
Also on top of that I would be letting you guys down too because how can I claim to know about motivation when I can’t even motivate myself!!
I still really didn’t want to go though! All I could think about was how hard it was last week and how much I would sweat and how I might not even be able to do it coz I was so tired!
I was really getting myself down. Fool
But I did it.
I just went to the gym and I got on the bike for my warm up and I said to myself that it’s only going to be an hour in here and then I can go home. That’s not bad. It’s just one hour out of the day.
And as soon as I started I began to feel a little better. Not wildly better, just a little. But… that feeling got more with each new exercise and as I worked my way around I felt better and better.
By the time I was doing my cardio at the end I actually felt good! Energized even. Yeh – I was loving it!
And that’s when I realized that it was because I showed myself that I could do it. I thought that it would be hard and I thought that I would get all sweaty and horrible and I did, and it was hard, but I did it – the whole hard sweaty workout! And at the end I did 15mins of cardio to finish off and I stretched and I felt really happy about my body and what it can achieve and that made me feel good inside. Like actually good, calm, grounded and happy about being me.
So next time when it’s a hot day and I don’t feel like working out I can always think back to today and how great I felt afterwards – that can be my new motivation.
So I guess what I am trying to say is that old chestnut again – even if you don’t feel like working out DO IT ANYWAY – you will be glad that you did