Last year (or was that the year before?) I had decided to join in the One Word 365 challenge where you choose one word and work on that for the year. For example, someone might choose the word “relaxed” and that was what they would strive to work on for 365 days – becoming relaxed in certain situations, learning how to relax in the midst of chaos, etc.
I had worked on my word, and I honestly can’t remember what it was, for a few (or even several) months and then promptly forgot all about it. After recently seeing others around the blogsphere begin sharing their words for 2014, I decided to attempt it again this year.
I’ve chosen to focus on the word motivation.
Why motivation? Because I find that I can lose it quite quickly as well as over time. It can start in January after I make some kind of resolutions (though I tend to not make any resolutions because I end up not sticking with them) or promises to myself of changing eating habits, exercising, reading my Bible every day, praying more, etc. Before I know it, those resolutions or promises have been thrown out the window – sometimes I just “forget” that I’m working on changing a habit, and sometimes I get frustrated because I don’t see immediate results (I’m an instant gratification sort of gal, and I get easily discouraged if I don’t see the results of doing something right away – but that’s a story for another time).
This year, I’m going to work on keeping my motivation or finding new and/or improved ways to motivate myself in whatever it is I’m attempting to do or make.
And while I’m definitely no expert in motivation (which I seem to prove over and over again), I think I need to work on changing a couple areas in my life that could help me get and keep motivated in other areas of my life.
1. Eat properly – I need to change up my eating habits. I need to eat healthier foods, I need to eat properly balanced meals, and I need to cut down on the “junk food.” While this will also benefit other areas in my life (i.e. weight loss), I’m sure eating better, and getting the vitamins my body needs, will help me feel better physically and contribute to keeping motivated in other areas as well.
2. Exercising – that dreaded 10-letter evil word. Yes, I definitely need to be exercising. It has its own benefits, naturally, but if I exercise I will start to feel better physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually (at least I’m hoping it helps with that). Feeling better in these areas, which will then help me feel better about myself in general, should also help lead to keeping me motivated.
3. Getting Enough Sleep – this is an area I can often struggle with. I am a natural born night owl. I function better later in the day, the evening, and at night. This has been an issue I’ve dealt with (or struggled with) all my life. I can try to adjust things by going to bed earlier, getting up earlier, etc. but it’s torture at times, and I find myself falling back into the night owl routine. I end up needing naps when I come home from work because I’m so tired (which will then affect my sleep pattern for the night), I need more coffee, I can get a little cranky at times, and this is something that DEFINITELY sucks the motivation for anything right out of me!
So, these are three areas that I am going to work on to help me with motivation. Of course, there are also areas that will be beneficial in the long run with my overall health, so it should be a win-win situation, right?
Now, to just keep motivated at these things…it’s not going to be an easy task!