This is ME today.
I am just not feeling it.
High of 22 degrees with a windchill of low teens means it is a “work inside” day. I actually prefer to work outside. Would rather cut the grass than run the vacuum. But when it is this cold and windy, my Vata Dosha gets aggravated. Vata dosha is one of the three constitutions in Ayurvedic medicine but that is not what this post is about. This post is about motivation, or lack there of on days when there is a list of things to accomplish and no desire to do them – for whatever reason.
My mother would say “just do it, get it done” Hmmm. a perfectionist giving advice to a sometimes procrastinator. Doesn’t always work. Especially since not only am I Vata dosha, I am a Gemini – yeah, I know, blaming it on an astrological sign is a cop out. But really, I am usually of two minds about most things. Over the years, I have become more in tune with the way my body actually works or doesn’t on some days. I am learning to pay attention to the signs. The feelings of agitation or unsettledness. Or the awesome feelings of unbridled energy. Sometimes that agitation is due to the actual weather elements that seem to affect me more than others. Warm, sunny days I have energy and motivation for tackling any project. I am unstoppable, I am in my element. I live for those type of days. But when it is cold, rainy, or windy, or even a combination of all three, lack of motivation is a thing that I have to push against. Yes, there are many times when I have to “plow through” and complete tasks – as things must get done. And done they get, but it is so much harder when I am fighting before I even leave the proverbial starting gate.
Below are a few of the ways that I beat the “mind trap” and work to regain focus and motivation:
Start with simplest, easiest task and begin to work my way through my list.
Don’t worry about doing everything on my list as some is better than none.
Cut myself some slack and see positive, not negative elements with the tasks that I am able to complete.
Remember that tomorrow is another day to shine!
Not even the Sun shines on all days.
But it is shining today so I will offer a thought of gratitude for a bright sun in a clear blue sky. That thought will be the motivation that gets me moving so that I can begin to tackle my “To Do List” today.
How about you? What do you do to motivate yourself to tackle your tasks? How do you define success on the days when you have to dig deep to find the motivation to start? Let me know in the comments below.
I hope you find the motivation and ultimately the success you seek today. Thank you for stopping by the farm.