What worked for me is to change my mentality from wanting to workout 3 times a week for 1–1,5 hours that I’ve been doing for a couple of years to workout daily but for only 10–15 minutes.
This was the game changer as I don’t need to get myself motivated to start a 10–15 minute session because everyone has a free 10–15 minute time slot during their day. Either if it’s in the morning or just before going to bed, everyone has that time. But not everyone has the time to do a 1 hour long gym session plus changing, showering and commuting every day. It is very hard to get motivated to do so for the long-term.
When I moved places, I had two options:
Get up at 5 AM to be able to go to the local gym for an hour (that is a small and crowded place – I don’t like waiting and spending time in such places), head home, take a shower and go to work, not leaving me enough time to work on my own projects.
Invest in a basic home gear and work out every day at home for 10-15 minutes. Saving time for going to the gym, changing and a lot of effort.
I choose the second one.
My ‘investment’ quickly paid off, after four months as I was saving money on traveling and monthly membership fees at a gym. Doing the daily workout every day since 2 years and I love it.
This mindset adjustment can be used for reading as well. I thought reading is about getting through 30-50 pages in one go. For that amount of reading time, I needed extra motivation in the past to even start. I felt the time spent on thinking ‘What if I don’t want to read more than 10 pages’, ‘What if the book is not interesting after page 15?’ exhausting. All these unconscoius questions had one purpose: making me stop reading before I get to my 30-50 page goal.
Did these questions succeed? Most of the time. Leaving me disappointed for not reaching my initial goal of 30-50 pages.
But what if I change my goal to read 4 pages on a regular basis?
Changing our goals to align to our inner true motivations and don’t rely on our preconceptions (getting through at least 30-50 pages) was key for me. After following this principle, I could start reading a Book or eBook without the need for prior ‘mental preparation’ and feel satisfied once I reached my goal of 4 pages. If I feel like reading on, I can, but I already ‘won’ with achieving my goal.
One of Daniel DiPiazza’s email thought me this technique whom just published an eBook about scoring the life you want.