Some days, your Streak towards your goal gets derailed by a bad case of the “I don’t wannas.” Over the course of 56 days, it’s simply bound to happen. Unless you’re superhuman, you’re not likely to be able to sustain continual enthusiasm over the course of several weeks. There will come a day (or several days) when you just don’t feel like doing your daily action step.
Maybe you’re tired. Maybe you’re feeling under the weather. Maybe the idea of lying on the couch binging on your favorite guilty-pleasure TV show just feels way too tempting.
We’d like to let you in on a little secret: These are the days on which your success is really built. Anyone can stick to a goal when they’re super-excited about it. It takes heart, strength and spirit to stick to a goal when it feels like the last thing you want to be doing right now.
So when those low days hit — and they will — here are 5 strategies you can use to bust through the “I don’t wannas” and do your daily task anyway.
Remember Your WHY
In a previous post, we helped you get clear on the WHY behind your Streak — the motivating factor that made you want to commit to this challenge and made you believe it was worth it. That WHY is the driving force that can push you forward even when you’re stuck in a mire of low motivation.
When you look at your running shoes in the morning and your brain screams, “It’s too early for a run! It’s too cold! I’m so tired!,” recall the reason WHY you decided to run for half an hour every morning. Maybe it was to lower your cholesterol. Maybe it was to lose some weight. Maybe it was because you’re embarrassed about getting winded every time you walk up the stairs to your office.
Whatever your WHY, call on it when you’re facing a moment of low energy. It can put your task in context and renew your motivation enough to get you out the door.
Change Your Internal Monologue
Something in us balks when we’re faced with a task we don’t feel like doing. The more we try to convince ourselves we should do it or we have to do it, the more we feel like digging in our heels and refuse to do it. We’re adults, darnit! We can do whatever we want to!
But this sort of back-and-forth is decidedly not grownup, and it’s also decidedly not helpful when it comes to motivating you to do the thing you know you ought to do. Instead of trying to talk yourself into doing your task, reframe your perspective about the task. Don’t tell yourself “I have to do this”; tell yourself “I get to do this.”
Remember, there’s no mean drill sergeant screaming at you to do this for no logical reason. You committed to this because you knew it would change your life in some way, big or small. So do it for you.
Find an Accountability Partner
There is definitely strength in numbers. When your motivation is waning, it can make all the difference in the world to have someone who can hold you accountable to your own promises.
It might be a friend you can call for a quick pep talk. It might be a group of friends on Facebook you report to daily, who’ll be sure to call you out if you miss a day. It might be a buddy who joins you in your activity, like a gym partner who takes the same Zumba class you do and can remind you to be there.
There will be times when your motivation fades, so set up a support system who can help lift you up and push you forward when your own energy needs a boost.
Look Back at How Far You’ve Come
The whole point of a Streak is to leverage the power of positive momentum. When you see how far you’ve come, it can inspire you and renew your dedication to keep moving forward.
Take a look at your 56 PDF or your Goal Streaks app and look at all of the days you’ve completed so far. Some of those days probably weren’t easy, but you did them, and now you’re farther than you’ve ever been before. You owe it to yourself to honor all the work you’ve put in so far.
Keep the Streak going. You’ve come so far already..
Just Do It
The 56 Days of Giving It All challenge was deliberately created to focus on small steps — doable, daily action tasks that aren’t overwhelming but can add up over time to create big change. If none of the other strategies above have helped to rouse you from your “I don’t wanna” funk, then it’s time to get a little (lovingly) tough with yourself.
- Remind yourself your task will only take X minutes.
- Remind yourself you could already have completed it in the time you’ve been dragging your feet.
- Resolve to just get it done already so you can stop stressing out over it.
- Then do it. Simply do it.
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