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The Secret to Motivation

master everyday life Jul 09, 2020

I have a confession to make.

I’m never motivated to wash my face at night.

Like, ever.

By the time 10pm rolls around, I’m just tired.

Splashing cold water on my face feels downright cruel, and my makeup has smudged itself off anyways, so I don’t even “see” the need to spread cleanser all over it.

Here’s the thing, though: I somehow always manage to wash my face—even though I never feel like it and even though the consequences of not doing so aren’t really all that bad.

Why?

I have a nightly plan—a routine—that includes washing my face.

And because I have the plan, I just execute it.

I don’t wait for motivation to come.

I don’t even expect it to come.

But because I have a plan, it gets done.

Sister, I think we can get so much done when we do feel motivated that when the motivation goes away we think we can’t keep going.

And that’s just not true.

Motivation is a fickle friend. It will come and go.

But you can make progress no matter what if you have a plan.

Here’s what I want you to do:

  1. Choose one thing that you want to do, but struggle to stay motivated to do. (Example: workout 30 minutes/day, 5x/week).
  2. Look at your schedule for the next week, decide WHEN you’re doing to do that thing each day, and write it down. Literally put it in your calendar and set a reminder on your phone.
  3. When the reminder goes off, go do the thing. It doesn’t have to be perfect or even pretty, but just go do it.
  4. Repeat and repeat and repeat.

And then celebrate the progress you’ve made! Executing against a plan isn’t easy, but it’s always worth it.

And if you get tired, remember: I’m over here cheering you on… and splashing cold water on my face, too. 

We’re in this together.

(And I’d genuinely love to get to know you more. Come say hello over on Instagram (@katie.haahr) or email me – [email protected] – I’ll get back to you ASAP, I promise!)

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