Have you ever wanted to change something in your life? Perhaps a milestone birthday is coming up or the kids are going back to school or you realize your jeans have gotten a little snug during the quarantine. 2020 has been my year to make small changes. It started with wanting to age well, continued as a practice to help tame the angst during the initial COVID-19 outbreak, and has helped me look for the positive amidst the global pandemic.
But before I launch into a healthy eating program, or walk 10,000 steps a day, or organize my closets, or set up a morning routine, I try to start with these basics every day. I have found that they provide a foundation for my success.
1: Notice your negative thoughts
Ultimately, we must be kind to ourselves. It is so easy to get into negative thought patterns. I am so lazy, why can't I just do it. Why do I always_____? Why don't I ever _____? Be curious and notice your negative thoughts.
2: Get uncomfortable
Our comfort zones are good for many things. It makes life simple to have a go-to meal that you eat regularly, for example. It's not so great when we want to make a change. Lean into that discomfort. Get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.
3: Show up
Focus on progress, not perfection. Take one small step. If that's too overwhelming, take a smaller step. The important thing is to consistently show up!
And of course, I love this quote by Amelia Earhart:
"The most effective way to do it is to do it."
Are you looking for more ways to motivate yourself? Check out this 4-step framework: How to Motivate Yourself Even When You Don't Feel Like It.
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