“100 things to do before you die, 25 exercises you should try today, the top-50 places to visit on your next long weekend, etc etc…”
Now, they can be motivating can’t they? If you’re at all like me you see those lists and your think “hot dang, I’m gonna do that NEXT year! Yeah, that’s going to be great!” Shiny objects or not, I’m.All.Over.That. Next year. (haha)
You know what I dislike most about those lists? I’ll tell you, it is that they are so appealing. I know I can’t hit the whole list any time soon, but I just can’t take a look and not google/wiki/map/research all of them anywaysss. You think DOING all of those things takes time? Try researching them. THAT takes time.
With all these things that seem to be demands on our time, we need to realize:
1) they are not demands, only suggestions – really nice suggestions – so don’t feel negative pressure.
2) they are someone else’s ideas – not yours – so keep in mind they may be wrong.
3) there are actually a million and one things to do – no such thing as a top-10, 50, or 100 – so feel free to write your own list.
Yesterday I joined a new gym. We’re not talking new treadmills, a pool, some cybex machines kinda-gym… we’re talking a weights in a big warehouse, loud music, chin up bars, chalk everywhere kinda-gym.
I’ve been training hard for years and am in “great shape” according to 99.9% of the gym-going population. Trouble is, I want to be more like the .01% of the gym-going population.
So I walked in and felt a bit intimidated. It was a great feeling. It was scary. It was powerful. It motivated me to not fall flat on my face. It worked.
What was the last time you put yourself in that situation?
(PS – as it turns out, it was just my perception of “new and different” that was intimidating. The others there looked intimidating, but were some of the nicest, most supportive people I’ve worked out with!)