It is very important to keep our motivation and to make changes or at least keep changes in our life that are good while at the same time pushing out bad habits.
The problem that we sometimes run into though is complacency.
The Danger of Complacency
Complacency always rears its head at the same time that we are working towards some kind of big goal and are part way there.
How many times do you find yourself losing weight, meeting people, getting a better diet going and then you suddenly stop or plateau in your changes?
I have, you have, we all have gotten bored of change
The thing with life is that we interact with people. Some of these people we perceive as better and some we perceive as not quite as good as us and when we make changes we suddenly feel like we have made great changes compared to those around us.
This can make us either get uncomfortable with being so different or think we gotten it all right. Both of these thoughts are dangerous and avoidable.
Let’s stop comparing ourselves with others
OK, so I wanted today to write about a Weekly motivation check, this is something that I borrow from Getting Things Done.
In that book, David Allen wrote about having a Sunday night check of what has happened last week and plan this week. This is critical so that the world does not force you to follow it and instead you take some control over your life.
So take this challenge up for yourself on Sunday. Ask yourself a few questions and YOU get to decide how you are doing, not everyone else
Weekly Fitness Motivation Checkup
Here are the questions from last week:
1. How did I eat everyday? Good? Bad? What did I eat, how did I fail by cheating, how do I feel about me eating overall?
2. How many times did I workout? How hard was each workout? Did I get more cardio or weights in?
3. How was my rest? Have I kept free time for myself? Are there things in my life keeping me too busy that should not have done?
4. Who was I looking at for motivation in areas of my life? Did I listen to others or my own body telling me what to do?
Here are the questions for the week to come. Remember these are based on the answers from the questions above.
1. Based on last weeks eating, Can I take it up a notch, can I plan my eating better? How can I avoid the cheating or want of bad foods?
2. What is my workout schedule? How can I make it better? Do I need easier workouts? Harder workouts? More or fewer days off? Would work out at a different time of day help?
3. How will I make sure that I take care of myself this week? Go to dinner? Go to a movie? Read a different book? Meet some new friends? Step outside my comfort zone socially?
4. How can I improve myself in all the different parts of my life? What one part of my life is really lacking and what will I do this week to improve that.
Eight Questions? Twenty questions? Not quite sure how many that adds up to but it is really just a starting point for you.
The idea, of course, is to take a snapshot in time (Sunday Night) for just a few minutes and see what is working and not working in your life and decide how you will push it harder this coming week to live a more exciting life full of joy, passion, happiness, and excitement.