Sunday, June 25, 2017

Beginning Again

I have a theory: it's harder to start something back up than it is to start something for the first time. There are several reasons for this, I think, the primary and most compelling being the fact that we in some way failed the first time. Whatever our goal is, whether it's eating healthy or exercising regularly or writing a blog post about the two, we feel that we've tried it before and it didn't work out and so convince ourselves that it wouldn't be worth trying -- and potentially failing -- again. 

And then, even if you can get past the mental roadblock that is past failure, there's the issue of when to begin. It's really easy to put off something you haven't been doing for a while. You can tell yourself you're going to pick it back up again tonight, tomorrow, next week, the first of the month, but in the end you're not going to pick it back up until you roll out of bed and put your sneakers on.

Metaphorically speaking, of course, but in my case also literal as that's what I had to do this morning.

And, listen, sometimes the internal motivation isn't enough to quell your doubts and procrastination and fears of failure. And that's okay. It's okay to ask for help, to seek encouragement from those around you. Tell them your goals, ask them to support you. Log into the Nike run app and soak up the ever-inspirational -- if a bit aggressive -- slogan.

I'm not here to tell you it's going to be easy. If it was, this blog post would have been published a few months ago. It's incredibly hard, in fact -- especially when the alternative is to just not do whatever it is you need to do. But it's okay to rate your first step as challenging, to say you're breathing hard, to admit to struggling.

And make it easier on yourself in accordingly healthy ways. Go to the gym when it opens, be the first one there and get access to all the equipment and be surrounded by those who are equally motivated (the equally motivated and the morning people. but don't trust the morning people. they're hiding something).

And don't panic if you make a mistake. Don't throw out any progress or sink back into a rut. Maybe rather than creating a strict regimen that you must follow, get into the habit of beginning again every day.

Your mind and body will thank you.
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