Anticipating Momentum by prepping ahead of time
There are days that you might be expected to do things and you really, really do not feel like it. What can you do to get going anyway?
Start with setting the alarm clock at such a time you can at least perform your “normal” morning routine*. A daily routine is meant to start every day the same way, no matter what. This can consist of starting with meditations, or listening to music, maybe even doing some exercises. Why is this crucial? It will help you get in the mindset you normally would experience when getting up feeling good (of neutral) about your day.
Preparing before going to sleep is just as crucial. Apart from the alarm clock you can already decide what clothes to wear for that one activity. Say you are to work out, make sure the outfit is already there. If you are to go to a different occasion, make sure you know how to dress and that it’s ready for you to put on. Why is this important? So it won’t be the excuse keeping you from what you need to do, regardless of how you feel.
Another important aspect is your mindset (and thoughts) before going to sleep. Thinking you’ll be dreading to get up, because of what’s going to happen the next day, especially when not feel like it anyway, will give you that exact same feeling getting up as going to sleep. That’s why a nightly routine is just as crucial as your morning routine. Maybe it’s a meditation, maybe it’s writing something down, listening to something that makes you happy, or simply some sentences or words which set the intent for the next day. Think for instance happy thoughts, more specifically being well rested and waking up excited and happy. If you make a pattern of this you will program your mind to have your body feel like this when waking up.
Last but not least, make sure all your hesitations have been taking care before you go to sleep. So know what hour schedule is, how much time you have for each activity and what your deadlines are. Knowing your timeline, will give you one less reason to worry, since you already mapped out your timeline. Take the unexpected into consideration too, so you won’t have too rush. The latter will only add to the pressure of not wanting to go to that one activity or meeting or whatever you do not want to do, or worry about when it comes to a limited amount of time.
In my case I didn’t feel like working out. My shoulder joint was hurting, I had go get up relatively early, meaning I would wake up tired and I needed to write and finish a crucial report between working out and my next appointment.
So the evening before I had taken my shower, so I would only need a quick wash-up, I’d sorted out my clothes for the gym and I knew that if I wanted to work out, I would at least have my shoulder fixed. When getting up I realized I needed both shoulders fixed and even though I felt tired (yes, I admit I had the wrong mindset before falling asleep), I did put on my work out outfit. I knew how much time I could spend, leaving me time to write my report and be on time for the client who needed it and on my way I went.
I went to the physical therapist on time and spoke openly about being tired (which I really was) and telling him I was dressed as if I would be working out, just for the sake of pretending to do so. By sharing this and putting on the right garment, I blocked myself from giving up straight away. Even more so, I created a support system. The first one by giving the physical therapist the opportunity to encourage me and explain to me why I should work out anyway, even if it wouldn’t be full out. The second one was by giving a signal to the brain that I was going to work out, since I was dressed like this for a reason. By showing up I gave myself a third incentive. Once I was there, I could see the equipment which would create a slight feeling of excitement. Once you finish right, you will create endorphins the moment you enter that area which left you all excited.
As soon as I got in, my physical therapist starting working on my shoulders. He discussed the importance of at least doing something and once I started, I got in the routine and the endorphins kicked in. I knew when I needed to leave at the latest, so time was no excuse to return straight back, without exercising. After all I was all dressed up for it, pretending I was going to work out, even when not feeling like it.
Fast forwarding, I got my shoulders fixed, did my workout almost completely, wrote the report and came to the meeting prepared. Even more so, I had another topic on Momentum. It was the preparation and the sharing
So let’s recap:
- Prep by knowing what’s expected from you;
- Know how much time you need during the next day per activity;
- Fall asleep with the right intent and do your normal night routine;
- Wake up and set your (positive) intent for the day;
- Get up following your normal routine;
- Create a support system;
- Make sure they know what they can expect of you, so it can only get better during the day.
Try it and share what happened next in the comment section below and on the Facebook post. You can find it either by clicking here and/or by going to Facebook.com/LadyLexysLifeontheRoad and/or Fb.me/LadyLexyM7t3.
Please share this, so you can discuss this topic and your findings with others, and don’t forget to leave a Message both there and underneath this post.
Don’t forget to also go to Facebook.com/LadyLexysLifeontheRoad, share it and leave a Message underneath this post.
In the next session we will be talking about what helped me get into the flow. I’ll see you again tomorrow!
Are you hungry for more? Stay tuned for my upcoming live Masterclass on Momentum!
If you want to join (for free), please sign up below!
More vids about momentum, motivation and challenging yourself can be found on my YT channel, LadyLexysLifeontheRoad, so please go there, hit like and subscribe to my YTchannel!