Can I tell you a quick story?
I used to run a lot. Then I stopped. After awhile I decided to start running again.
I’d put all my running gear out the night before and go to bed with the alarms (545am, 547am, 550am) on my watch set and all excited about running 10km!
I can run 10km, I’ve run a marathon!
Then I would wake up in the morning and think:
- I don’t feel 100%.
- I don’t think I can run 10km.
- I don’t want to run 10km.
- It’s too cold, and it might rain.
- I had too much creme caramel last night.
I’d kill the alarms and stay in bed for another hour.
This wasn’t an ideal thought process.
So I changed the plan. I decided that I would run 5km. I can run 5km quite quickly, even as unfit as I am.
I started getting up, and I ran a few 5kms. The running habit began to kick in. Running became part of my routine.
I structured my run, so there is a turning point. If I turned left, I would complete a 5km circuit. However, if I turned right, that opened up an 8km course or even 10km.
Some mornings I felt great and, even though I had set out only to run 5km, I’d turn right and run 8km. Sometimes (okay, rarely) 10km.
No matter what, my goal each morning was to get up and run 5km.
I was running again and that was the key.
Cool story, but how is it relevant to you?
Is there something you should do, but don’t? A task or project so big, it seems insurmountable? Or maybe you do need to exercise?
Maybe tomorrow, you could set aside 25 minutes doing something. Just start with 25 minutes.
You can find 25 minutes, right? And, surely, nothing is so distasteful that you can’t do it for 25 minutes.
So on your marks, get set, set a timer for 25 minutes, and go!
When the timer goes off, your worst case scenario is that you have accomplished 25 minutes of something. Even if you don’t do any more of that thing today, you’ve still got 25 minutes under your belt.
Then, tomorrow set yourself another 25 minutes of that task or project. C’mon. It’s only 25 minutes!
The next step is up to you. You can turn left or right, but at least you’re already running.