So you know where you want to be, you’re just lacking the ‘get up and go’ to get there?
Oh how I know that feeling! Making it a habit is something I think the vast majority of human beings suffer with throughout life. I remember when I was trying to get back in to a daily yoga practice how hard it was even though I knew I’d feel awesome once I’d done it. It was a daily struggle, normally left as long as possible, simply because there were other things I felt I needed to do ahead of my yoga.
The thing that changed for me? I changed my priorities. I realise now that I was side-lining my yoga practice as something that I wanted to do, but I didn’t feel was as necessary or as important as other things. I would never dream of being late to work so I could have more sleep because I prioritise work over my sleep. I had to shift yoga to be more important than the other stuff I was doing. I had to schedule it and stick to it.
Despite what people say, motivation isn’t about will power. I have zero will power. It’s about how much you want it and how important it is to you. Let’s face it, most people who have stopped smoking took a few attempts at it, and if you ask them, most will say they failed the first few times because they didn’t want it enough.
If you want something enough, you’ll make it happen. If you don’t make it happen, maybe it’s a sign you’re not in the right place for it right now.
I don’t want to trivialise peoples’ attempts to make change here – it’s a valid process and sometimes we need to ‘fail’ in order to learn where our priorities lie and how important things are to us. Don’t get frustrated or disheartened by this – figure out what is important to you and why. Maybe that’s what you want to focus on.
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