Thursday, January 24, 2013
Finding motivation isn't always the easiest thing. I know this. Sometimes what motivates you one day doesn't work the next. Sometimes something that should motivate you doesn't work at all. Finding the right motivation is a challenge in and of itself, completely apart from actually losing weight. So, I thought long and hard about what could motivate me, and maybe motivate others. I thought about what it takes to get moving in the right direction, about how you gain momentum, and eventually attain your goals.
I came up with a mantra that seems to work well for me. It's a small step. Small steps are what you take to start your goals. Small steps are easy, giving a fantastic sense of accomplishment. They're attainable. They're something everyone can wrap their minds around, and do. My motivation, my mantra, is "5 minutes". That's it. 5 minutes is nothing, right? Anyone can do something for 5 minutes. 5 minutes on the treadmill. 5 minutes before eating that second cookie. 5 minutes of working on my dream. Anyone can do 5 minutes of something. Even if you're sick, or bed-ridden. 5 minutes of sitting up instead of laying down. 5 minutes of stretching. 5 minutes of lifting weights.
The beauty of "5 minutes" is its size. It's so small. It's so easy to do. This creates many benefits. It's so easy to grow. "5 minutes" on the treadmill when you're feeling sick could easilly turn into 20, just by adding another "5 minutes" to it. "5 minutes" or stretching could turn into more as you feel other parts of your body that need stretching. "5 minutes" of not eating that cookie could turn into all day of not eating that cookie. Another benefit of "5 minutes" is it's so easy to add to other things. Already doing 30 minutes on the elliptical each day? What's "5 minutes" more? 15 minutes of stair-climbing? Add "5 minutes"! Lastly, it's so easy to commit to. If you're really feeling horrible, maybe "5 minutes" is all you can do. But if you commit to that every day, you're still "5 minutes" closer to your goal than you were before.
I'm sure "5 minutes" has other benefits that can help other people. Whether that goal is lose weight, clean your house, start your own business, or quit smoking. "5 minutes" can be applied to any goal you're trying to attain. I hope that other people can find this mantra as useful as I have!