fitness · motivation

Go Team, January 12: Give Yourself the Things You Need

Does your idea of the way you *should* be get in the way of getting the support to deal with things the way they are?

For example: For ages, I thought I *shouldn’t* need to set reminders to exexcise because if I really wanted to exercise, I would find an effortless way to fit it into my day.

That’s nonsense, of course.

I have lots of different priorities on a day to day basis and no matter how important exercise is it can get lost in the juggling of my different priorities.

When I finally gave myself permission to set reminders for everything I needed to be reminded of I had a lot more success and I relaxed about the whole thing.

We all lead complicated lives, and we have a lot of things to fit into every day. If we don’t make things easier for ourselves we will struggle to fit even the most important things into our schedules.

So, please give yourself the things you need in order to be successful.

That might mean you set reminders to exercise. Or even reminders to get ready to exercise.

Perhaps you sleep in your workout clothes so you can be ready to go in the morning.

Maybe you need a pair of kneepads for when you do yoga because it’s too uncomfortable otherwise.

Perhaps you make a list of exercises to do.

Or you buy yourself a set of gold star stickers to stick to the calendar after every exercise session.I

f you want to exercise regularly give yourself the things you need, emotionally, physically, psychologically, logistically, or socially, to give yourself the greatest chance of success.

And try not to think of any ‘shoulds’ connected to it.

If you have a plan in mind and it would be easier if you had certain supports in place, then, by all means, get those supports in place.

Even if those supports seem silly or ridiculous, if you need them, you need them.

Don’t ‘should’ yourself away from anything that will help.

Give yourself the things you need when you need them.

You can do this!

Here’s Your gold star for today’s efforts:

A GIF of a five-pointed gold star with a sparkly white part in the center.
Such a shiny star! A worthy marker in celebration of your efforts so far.

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