I thought you would never ask.
Let me give you a bit of history first. I have been jogging regularly every second day… really. And, things are looking up. Okay, not because I’ve been posting regularly; I am trying to work on that. But, my improvement on the self-encourage front, along with the fact that I have a treadmill, seem to be working great. I can no longer use the bad weather excuse, which seemed to come in handy on my low motivation days. As far as trying to stay motivated? I could never seem to find the answer to change my attitude towards jogging, or exercise in general.
I had read somewhere that a woman who had basically the same lack of motivation that I have concerning running, had changed her thought process. She used to wake up and say, “Ugggh, I have to go running today.” Now she says, “I get to go running today.”
She went further to say that just changing one word in her language, transported a message of negativity to a positive and powerful statement, which she says can be used for a plethora of things, like:
I get to wash the tupperware. (I’d say wash dishes here, but I really dislike washing plastic stuff. Not sure why.)
I get to rake the leaves. (Thank God that’s finished for this year.)
I get to dust the furniture. (One of those chores that as soon as you think you are done, you could immediately start at the beginning again due to the constant bombardment of dust particles settling gently on your furniture.)
Hmmm… there may be a theme here. Anyway, I think you get the picture.
I was sceptical, but willing to give it a try.
I admit on the first go, I said it with a defeatist tone, “(Heavy sigh) Okay, I get to go jogging today.” You would think that I was about to undertake a huge and daunting chore, like having to count the dust specks on my coffee table and categorize them by genetic make up and label them one by one. Certainly not something anyone would want to do, but as the days passed and I used this “get” word more often, something changed. I went from looking at this “huge chore”, to actually looking forward to exercising. Repetition really does work for many things.
Now, on my jogging days I say, “(Insert upbeat tone here) Hey, I get to go jogging today.” It’s a whole lot better than having to sort dust is all I have to say.
Oh, one more thing, in case you were wondering; I don’t really sort dust.