Just yesterday morning, the alarm went off and I hit the snooze button, I then had a goose bump moment thinking about what my friend Rachel had just said to me the day before. But before that goose bump moment my mind was racing with a 100 excuses on why staying in bed was a better option than going to the gym. Too cold, too dark, too cosy, I just went yesterday, I will go in the evening…
So, often to motivate myself I say just give it 10 minutes and then stop. This works because the hardest thing is often starting, and once you start and have momentum you actually find it hard to stop.
Other times I plan a reward, like catching up with a friend for a coffee, after cracking that complex proposal. But none of those strategies were relevant that morning, when the choice was gym or sleep in.
But coming back to Rachel and the goose bump moment. I remembered how she had just said the previous day “You never regret going to the gym, but you always regret not going”. So the thought of regret propelled me out of bed. And Rachel was right. At the end of boxing class I felt so glad I went. In an ironic twist I got a text from Rachel saying she had slept through her alarm!
What about you? What motivates you to get out off bed? I would love to hear your ideas.