As I sit here anticipating my workout, I find myself conflicted. I wanna go, but I don’t. Have you ever felt that way about something you needed to do?
Here are six ways to gain victory over the I-don’t-wanna’s:
1. Make a list of all the reasons you should do that thing you’d rather not.
2. Make another list of all the negatives that are likely to occur if you don’t.
3. For those things that don’t already come with a deadline, try setting one. (This helps me a lot.)
4. Grant yourself a reward when the task is done. (However, a big piece of cake after a workout is not an appropriate reward – just in case you’re/I’m wondering.
5. If it’s an ongoing task, choose an accountability partner who will keep tabs on your progress.
6. Developing a grateful outlook will help you reframe those responsibilities that sometimes weigh you down. (For instance, I have much to be thankful for when it comes to exercise: 1) I have a trainer who really knows her stuff; 2) I have the physical ability to workout; and 3) I know I’ll feel much better even after I get there.)
How about you? What motivates you to do those things you’d rather not do?