Sometimes you’re eager to conquer the world and other times you just cannot deal with whatever it is you’re being asked to do (including your daily workout). Sounds familiar? Motivation is a tough thing to harness and especially these days it feels like we could all use a little boost.
There’s so much information out there on this topic and some of it is pretty easy to apply. According to Psychology Today some easy ways to get yourself moving include: giving yourself more options, and drawing up a behavior contract with yourself. And there’s always the tried and true reward method if that works for you.
If you’re more inclined to look at things through the lens of individual psychology, boy do I have a treat for you. Recently, I heard an interview with Gretchen Rubin, an author and podcaster focused on habits and happiness. Her take on motivation is pretty simple: your responsiveness to doing things is dependent on your relationship with expectations. You can take a quiz on her website here to figure out where you land on her list of personality types and how to get better at motivating yourself. And if you really want to dig in, there’s always the book.
Take what you want here, but I think the moral of the story is that we all have off days and you’re never going to be motivated to do all of the things on your plate everyday. Try your best and remember to enjoy the journey. You’re doing great.