Thank the members of my morning Cycle class for this post.
Today is December 1, meaning New Year’s resolutions making is exactly one month away. Resolving to take steps to live better lives is something many of us do.
Want to keep those resolutions? Then don’t wait. Do it now.
And “do it now” by starting small.Earlier this morning, I asked my class to think of the top three resolutions they may be considering. I asked them to select ONE resolution that they will act on today. I also encouraged them to come forward and write it on the “Now Year’s Resolutions” poster board at any time before, during or after the class.
Why did I ask them to come up and write their resolutions? Certainly not to pry. But we make more of a promise to ourselves when we write down an intention. The intention becomes more concrete. In other words, we’ve put ourselves on the line when we put our intentions in writing.
So decide today. Would you like to add more cycling or yoga classes?
Do it now. Start small. Attend one new class this week. Feel proud that you will be ahead of the “resolution rush” in the gym.
Are you ready to give your greatest speech? Your first speech?
Do it now. Start small. Join Toastmasters. You’ll be part of an informed, supportive dedicated group of people who are committed to improving their communication skills.
Whatever steps toward self-improvement you need to make, do NOT wait until January 1. Do it now. Start small. And feel proud of your progress.
Today’s Wednesday Word is the answer I give to people when I am asked about motivating myself on the days when I don’t feel like exercising (yes, that happens), or those times that I can’t seem to start writing (yes, that happens, too).
Take 10 minutes.
It’s easy. Grab a timer. Use a mechanical version, the timer on your microwave or stove or the timer found on a smartphone. Set for 10 minutes. Pursue the action–whether exercising or writing–for the entire time. Don’t look at the timer. Work diligently for those 10 minutes, and just those 10 minutes.
When the timer stops, assess what you’ve done, and how you feel.
If, on the eleventh minute, you cannot possibly perform another rep, move into another yoga pose or pedal another second, then stop. Same thing with writing: If you can’t seem to find the words to write, then stop. You will have given it your all for the moment.
Here’s the thing: You will find that you can keep going. You can hold the pose, take another hill and master another sprint or jump.
Similar to writing, you will find that the ideas will come. The words and phrases will flow.
Feeling accomplished? Good. Reset the timer and work for another 10-minute burst, and again assess where you are at the end of that burst.
So take 10 minutes. That burst can help on the days when you are not feeling as focused.
And that’s your Wednesday Word.