I (Andrea) have been spending the past couple of months in physical therapy for a bum shoulder. I’m finally done, and the facility I go to also has a gym, so now I’ve got a free month to continue stretching, and of course, exercising and getting into better shape.
On Monday I went in for an evaluation and the trainer gave me a routine I can start following. Yesterday I started. But before I even got out of the car I thought to myself, I wonder how long I’ll keep this up? And then I realized I was already giving up before I had even started.
I’m not a quitter. Quitting is “this is too hard, and I can’t do it.” Quitting is playing Monopoly where you have Baltic Avenue and $30 and your opponent owns all the railroads and two sides of the board so you just quit because you believe there’s no reason for you to go on because you can’t win. I don’t quit. (I’ll suffer through to the last mortgaged property!)
I’m a Give-Upper. I come up with reasons why things shouldn’t happen. Why I shouldn’t be doing something. I really don’t have the time to devote to coming to the gym. I don’t know if I want to spend the money for a membership. Oh, and here’s the best one that actually happened yesterday: I can’t work out with this kind of music. It’s so demotivational. Yeah, that happened.
It’s a struggle to be motivated, let alone stay motivated. For me, I really need to be in a good place. In “the zone.” Especially working from home. Having a work at home job really pushes the limits of “give-upper” mode for me some days because I find myself getting overwhelmed and then I find myself giving excuses about why it’s okay to give up on things.
You really have to start your day with a positive focus. Understand what you want to accomplish and then you’ll be less likely to be a quitter a give-upper. This morning I started with a schedule. One long schedule that I’m already behind in by about 15 minutes as I write this blog. If I don’t stay focused, I’ll spiral into the give up mode, and by lunchtime I’ll have given myself several reasons why my schedule won’t get accomplished.
Stay focused, whether it’s going to the gym or working from home, or just trying to stay on a schedule. You can get it all accomplished without giving up.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.