Do you ever experience a heavy feeling when you need to start something?
For example, you need to clean your room and the thought of it weighs you down so much that your motiviation is close to zero?
Why is that and how can you change it?
I believe the lack of motivation is just lack of MOMENTUM. It’s not that you don’t want to clean your room; it’s just that the energy needed to get through to the other side of the task is perceived to be less than needed.
Let’s look at this differently. If you have a huge pile of clean and dirty clothes on your floor, your bed is not made, and you have miscellanous “stuff” scattered everywhere, your perceived effort might be very large. You might even think it could take ALL DAY to clean up the mess!
Most of us will then abandon the idea and go do something else that takes less time and is much more rewarding (like making a snack). This cycle can go on for days and even weeks until an event pops up that is worth the pain, like a friend coming over and staying in your room. After cleaning your room, you experience so much peace and joy, and wonder why you forgot how great it feels.
I am here to remind you that YOU ARE WORTH THE EFFORT of cleaning your room and deserve to enjoy it EVERYDAY. It’s good for your health, too. This is true for anything else that you have decided you need to do, like eating healthy foods, exercising, staying true to your commitments, or finishing a task at work.
So, what do you do when you need to get started even though you really don’t feel like it?
Just take ONE step towards it. Make only ONE push.
You will be amazed how easy it is to do just ONE thing.
It takes almost no effort to put all your clothes in a pile, to sort through at a later time. It takes almost no effort to grab a piece of fruit for a snack instead of chips. It takes almost no effort to roll out your yoga mat and spend 5 minutes in a child’s pose. It takes almost no effort to put your sneakers on and walk on the treadmill for 5 minutes. It takes almost no effort to open a bill and write a check. It takes almost no effort to dial the phone and make an appointment.
What you will find is that ONE small effort will GENERATE SOME MOMENTUM and you just might (maybe) find that you have enough energy to do something more afterwards.