by Reid Wilson who knows Chris through working with him and becoming friends at Luther. They have continued their relationship as Reid has moved into physical therapy school at the University of Iowa. With his experience in therapy and blogging, Chris has asked Reid to blog consistently on Chris’ progress, motivation, and hope. We hope you enjoy his quick reads with his thoughtful, fun, and action oriented writing.
Moving through the week repeatedly for 52 weeks can become monotonous. The same tasks tend to pile in front of you. Email, workouts, meetings, bills, and anything you would like to list throws itself on the pile. We begin to lose motivation to do anything to that pile because that pile has too much size.
So how do we become motivated to continue? Sometimes we get caught up in the promises to be more productive or quick solutions to be more efficient. Other times we get caught up with excuses and that is just a no no. A great way to to move through your week is to use Wednesday as a midpoint that excites you. Chris and I decided to switch it from hump day to bump day. Wednesday is the time to take a small nudge toward your success and the weekend with a jumpstart to your motivation.
Here is How In 2 Steps
Be an Athlete and Visualize Your Success
You have imagined yourself finishing a workout or how you will look good in front of everyone at work after crushing a presentation. Great athletes are constantly visualizing their success through a performance, race, or game. Suzanne Gerber on Forbes has visualization as her number one key to motivation. She says, “See it, feel it, hear the sounds that accompany the end result.” If an emall pile is taller than you, feel what it is like to be done and get there. If a workout seems daunting, hear your favorite music as you complete your workout. Then go listen and get it done.
Use a Modern Mechanism to Fire Up
If your visualization is needing motivation, try a motivational video which you can search on YouTube. Chris and I recently exchanged emails on this awesome video. There is even a website called Motivation Grid that says when life knocks you down, we pick you up. That is a nice promise from the online world. Listening to a good speech and watching others achieve fires mirror neurons in our brains. Mirror neurons are cells that allow us to empathize with others and emulate experience. So, use them to see, feel, and hear motivation.
Now that you have a strategy and external mechanism to get you rolling with your motivation, pick something that you have not started. Get it done with the two days left this week and be ready to visualize a great pile and camel free weekend.
Hope. Motivation. Work.
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