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I don’t like to exercise. I never really have. There are times I can forget I’m exercising while I’m having fun playing a game or sport, but it has to be something I’m truly loving and that is rare in my adult life. I’m just not one of those people that is like “woohoo – I get to exercise today!”
Still, I understand how important exercise is for my health. It keeps my heart healthy, help me deal with stress and anxiety, and just makes me feel better. Knowing that, I have to decide to exercise even when I don’t want to do it, because the benefits are worth it.
That is the same thing for a lot of the things we need to do but might not WANT to do or FEEL like doing. What I hear a lot of times is “I don’t have the motivation to do ____.”
When we think we don’t have the motivation, what that really means is that we aren’t remembering what we’re doing it for and we’re not remembering the important benefits we’re working toward. We haven’t committed. We’re just waiting for the fancy to strike us though we may never feel like it.
That is why, instead of waiting for motivation, we need to think through the things we need to do, all the adulting things like exercise, declutter, clean, work, pay bills, make dinner, and commit to doing them even when we don’t feel like it.
I’ve already mentioned that I don’t play catch-up, which means I don’t use the excuse that I didn’t do something yesterday as a reason to talk myself out of doing something positive today. I’ve committed to myself to try to do the things each day that will make my life better and make life better for my family. The commitment is what makes the difference.
This means that I do the adulting things even when I don’t feel like it. And yes, that includes exercise. Actually, I’ve given myself a personal assignment during this challenge.
I’ve committed to myself to exercise every single day of the challenge, because not only is that important for my health, but it reminds me how many of you feel each day about decluttering. And then I can empathize with where you’re at and figure out better ways to inspire and help.
I hope you will join me in doing the hard things that are good for us. Join me in committing to change, instead of waiting around for the motivation. We can do this, one step at a time.