I am going to let you in on my secret weapon that keeps me going when things get tough. I recently read a blog by my friend Anne, over at This Running Moms Life, called “It’s Not Always Easy” where she talks about how getting out the door can sometimes be a huge challenge. It doesn’t seem to matter whether you have been running for years, it still isn’t always easy to find the motivation to get yourself into your kicks and onto the pavement. I could relate to her words as if I had uttered them myself.
I lose motivation every two weeks for a few days at a time. I have a regular cycle of the “I don’t wanna’s”. I don’t like it and haven’t worked out how to avoid it. But that is the truth. I have a simple, secret little remedy that I am going to share with you that helps me to keep going.
You can use it to get yourself out of bed for a run, halfway through a run when you start to dive mentally, or any other tough situation when that little voice in your head is telling you to
cut it short,
you can’t do this,
what were you thinking…..
There are three little words that I utter to myself. And it doesn’t seem to matter how many times I have used them, they still work. There is something reaffirming and compelling about them. They instil a sense of belief in yourself. I find this much more motivating than yelling at myself to keep going or telling myself to stop being a sloth and get out there. Belief in yourself seems to be the bed rock that you build everything else upon.
My secret weapon…
“You’ve got this.”
Sometimes I add more, like, “You know you’ve got this. You can do it.” Try saying it now. “You’ve got this.” Feels good, doesn’t it?
Simple, easy, compelling and it works.
Give it a try and let me know how you go. I find it to be magic.