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Habits blog 6 - Thursday

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Today's blog topic is "motivation and advice". Suggestions about these are available on SP, on the Net in general, in newspapers, magazines and books. And motivational ideas and sound advice are always useful. But on a daily basis it's all up to me. No one can make me floss my teeth, use a Swiss ball instead of a chair or fill in my food tracker for me.

I've learnt over more years than I want to remember that it's how I look at things mentally and emotionally that drives my failure or success. I have to convince myself that something is really doable for me and that it will be of lasting benefit. Small rewards like new books or flowers or clothes really don't do it for me. I'm fortunate enough to be able to get what I really want anyway. What drives me these days is basically visualisation combined with fear! I need to visualise myself as a tough, mobile and independent old lady and not one confined to a small room in a rest home or hospital, dependent for care on others. Unfortunately I do not need to visualise or imagine this fate - I see it in one or two friends and feel sad about their situation.

So I believe I need to remain healthy and active so that I can enjoy the rest of my life, and so that it doesn't turn into mere existence. That's what motivates me to walk each day, what makes me do that ST when I'd rather be reading a book, why I look after my teeth (and am planning to do the same for my feet! emoticon. It's why when fish and chips beckon I ignore the gesture and turn to the vegetables, fruit and wholegrains. And it's why I Spark every day to focus on the means of becoming that tough and independent old bat!

Anna Freud
I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.

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