A while back I came across an article where a woman used a motivation technique that I instilled in my own life for one week. Unfortunately, that’s all the further it went. However, now that January and it’s wintery days have taken a toll on me, emotionally and physically, I have decided to revisit this method.
Let’s face it, winter is a tough time for most people. The days are usually gloomy, cold, and the couch calls you more than the treadmill. Seasonal Affective Disorder affects many people, making it hard to feel motivated to go to work, let alone be social or workout. Resolutions quickly fade away and our new focus becomes just to “hang in there” until Spring. Don’t you think that if the new year began in April it would be a lot easier to stay on track with your new year goals?
My proposition to you during these couple months is just to ask yourself, “why not?”. Take it one week at a time or take it one day at a time. Focusing on smaller increments makes sticking to a plan a lot easier. So when you are feeling unmotivated, get out a pen and paper and create a “why not” list. For example, “Why not cut out sugar for two days?” or “Why not do something physical everyday for a week, even if it is for only 15 minutes?”. Asking yourself “why not” is a way to take a different perspective on things. You have a lifetime to eat sweets, you can go without it for two days, right? On the other hand, if you have been so strict on yourself with your diet and exercise habits, “Why not take a day of rest and give yourself a break?” So whether you create a new “why not” every day or every week, find a time increment that works for you, because sometimes we really do need to just take it one day at a time.
My “why not” list for this week:
“Why not limit TV watching to 1.5 hours per night for one week?” (This will probably cut our TV time in half!)
“Why not break a sweat every day for 5 days straight?” (My motivation to be active greatly decreases during the winter)
One week….I can do it. And you can too! So ask yourself, “why not?”.