I like a page on Facebook called I Love to Run. They post positive quotes, sayings, stories, etc all about running and motivation. It's a GREAT page. At the end of everyday, they'll post their quote: "You either ran today or you didn't".
The first time that showed up in my newsfeed it made me stop and think. Hmmm ... I either ran today or I didn't. It just so happened I hadn't so of course my first reaction was shame and kind of a bit of disappointment in myself. That's a bummer and certainly not the best approach to motivation!
So I thought, why not flip that around. What if when I wake up in the morning and right when my eyes pop open I say to myself: "I'm either working on my goal today or I'm not". That felt better because it was something that was ahead of me. I still had a decision to make.
That's a step in the right direction but is it right? I mean it's positive and all but with the addition or "or I'm not", I'm giving myself an out. The thing about a decision is that once it's made, I should be cutting myself off from any other possibility. There shouldn't be an "I'm not" option. Right?
So I tweaked it again. "Today, I'm working on my goal."
Having pondered all of this last night, I woke up and literally the first thing that came into my mind was "Today I'm working on my goal". Let me tell ya, that's a powerful first thought! Instead of thinking of all the things I had to do today, or how much I'd rather stay in bed or how much snow we had last night (YES! SNOW!!!!! Ick), I thought of my goal.
That's been motivating me all day. I suppose I could start the day saying that to myself and even repeating it out loud and then perhaps at night saying "I either worked on my goal today or I didn't" but the truth again is that I don't want there to be an "I didn't". I know life happens, but this is a stage in my life. In this stage, I can make wise food choices and propel myself to my weight loss goals. I'm not giving up pizza forever ... just until I lose the weight.
I can do that.
Motivation is powerful as is self talk. Today, I'm finding my motivation in the words I'm speaking and thinking to myself.