I’m out of shape. The scary part is that the men in my family don’t have great genes. Based on my father, uncles, etc, “middle age” for me will be about 29. I need to get motivated to exercise.
You’re probably thinking “this has nothing to do with productivity or the law.” But isn’t motivation a key to productivity? And don’t lawyers have to be productive? See, it all ties together.
Do you have something you’ve been putting off? Final exams, perhaps? That healthier lifestyle you’ve been talking about since January?
Let’s get motivated!
Now I’ll burst your bubble. I don’t have a great trick to help you find that initial burst of motivation. Honestly, you’ve just got to get up and move.
But, you only have to take a small step. That’s right, get up off the couch and take one step.
Once you take that first small step, go sit back on the couch. Now, get up again and take two steps. Sit back down.
Keep repeating this process. Each time you get up (or work on that goal) only focus on getting a little farther than you did before.
Small steps are the key! If you decide, “I’m going to run a marathon,” you can’t just run 26 miles tomorrow. You’ve got to start off very small. Your ultimate goal can be 26 miles, but each day’s goal should only be a small improvement over the previous day.
I biked 7 miles today!
Since I want to exercise, I’ve been trying to get back on my old, hand-me-down, purple, girl’s mountain bike (no joke – it’s purple).
Fortunately, Leo inspired me by riding 10 miles on his own bike. I thought, “I should get out and enjoy this beautiful Virginia spring.”
Saturday I almost gave myself a stroke riding about 2 miles. Sunday I came home exhausted after 3-4 miles. Today, I got home and realized I rode 7 miles. And my goal was just to go farther than before. Maybe tomorrow I can match Leo’s 10.
The point is that I’m focusing on small steps. I’ve made this a mini-game with myself. I’m determined to do better than yesterday. That’s it.
What is your small step?
Now think back to that nagging goal or project you’ve put off. Come up with one small step you can take within 24 hours. Don’t just put it on your trusty GTD action list. Go do it!
But in the mean time, let’s talk about here. Maybe we can help each other move closer to a goal. 294 minds (according to FeedBurner’s counter!!) are better than 1.
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