You are a sure thing! Do you look in the mirror and believe that about yourself? Take the opportunity this summer to believe this. I’ll be right there with you working on it as well.
Missing yesterday’s post made me realize that I need to commit to writing in order to develop a healthy habit. I’ve been a little wishy washy on the day and times during which I write, so I’ll make a commitment. I’m going to write at least four times a week, including three weekday posts and one weekend post. Free wifi is available almost everywhere if I’m ever away from home, so I have no excuse to not keep this up! The tricky thing about habits, at least in my experience, is that good habits are hard to develop and easy to break while bad habits are easy to develop and hard to break. I always get really excited about the beginning of a new hobby or activity. I keep that momentum for a little bit, and once it peters out, I find that my motivation to continue dissipates as well. The times where I’ve been able to keep up with a hobby are when I am part of something that is beyond me, like doing ballroom dancing in college or concert band in high school. Sure, there are those days when I was lazy and skipped a few scales at the beginning of a clarinet lesson, but overall, I kept playing for years. I developed friendships from those activities that in turn helped me stay motivated, too. I think the push to change has to come internally. But we can absolutely take advantage of outside influences to keep us motivated when we lose it ourselves. It’s a relationship. You figure out what works best for you, and that might be different week to week, mood to mood. So, I’m going to use your viewership as an outside influence to help motivate me to write. You’re probably trying to tackle something this summer, too. Feel free to lean on me to help you achieve your goals! It’s a symbiotic relationship. The individual pursuit of happiness makes all of society better. I’m a firm believer in this and happy to discuss more in the comments if you agree or disagree!
Another thing I’m realizing with writing is that I struggled to write yesterday because I’m still finding my voice and what I want to write about. I actually wrote a blog post about puns. I haven’t posted it yet because it’s not my strength! I know developing quick-wit is going to ultimately help me achieve personal and professional goals, so I need to keep at it. Just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean it isn’t good for me 🙂
That’s been the major theme of my workouts with my trainer, too. Today, he made me perform leg step-ups which challenged my balance and stability. I lack core strength, so I was bad at it. However, when he makes me do this again next week, I’ll be a little bit better, be able to do a few more reps. The improvement will make me want to continue, and I’ll get another little motivation boost to keep going back.
I don’t think I’ll be tackling a new activity each week this summer because there is a purpose to each activity I’m trying out. In some cases, I hope to develop long-term hobbies, and other activities are stepping stones to a higher goal. My overall theme is going to be developing habits and the work that goes into them. Supposedly, medium-intensity habits take approximately 21 days to develop. I’ll begin tracking that for working out and eating healthy.
I did finally hear back from the horse stable, and I have a lesson scheduled for tomorrow! I’ll be able to fulfill promises of writing about horseback riding and punning by the end of the week. Stay tuned and thanks for reading!
Sports Commentary: The Cubs blew out the Cleveland Indians yesterday 17-0. WHATTT??