If you’re struggling with finding motivation, you’re not alone. Motivation is one of the biggest struggles I find among my clients.
To be honest, before I entered the coaching world, instead of finding motivation, I found every excuse not to do something good for me.
Just because something is good for us doesn’t mean we want to do it all the time.
“I wish I could just do better.”
“I know the right things to do, why don’t I just do them?”
Will-power is a muscle and like any muscle, it fatigues.
To speak to the validity of challenges in taking on a healthier life… you’re right, eating healthy and exercising can feel overwhelming.
If you’ve ever had these thoughts, here’s a gentle, effective way to get you moving forward.
It’s called the 5-minute action.
Hear me out.
There’s nothing special about 5 minutes. It could be 10 seconds, 1 minute, or 10 minutes.
The point is:
- It’s an action—something you do.
- That action is very small, something that feels easy and doable.
- It moves you in the direction you actually want to go.
- It’s an easy win—which gives you the confidence boost to do more good for yourself.
Nice, right?! So, let’s get to the good stuff, putting it in action.
How to do it
Pick one action that might have a positive impact on your health and well-being right now.
Here are some examples:
- Cut up some carrots for a later snack.
- Do five minutes of stretching.
- Slowly enjoy a cup of tea.
You can also get a little more strategic and pick an action—maybe even one to commit to daily—to support a larger goal.
For example, maybe your ultimate goal is to get back into the habit of eating mostly home-cooked meals.
Take ONE small action in support of that goal.
That might look like making a grocery list, looking up some recipes, or chopping up a few vegetables.
It can be tough to get motivated, but here’s a secret: It’s action that drives motivation, not the other way around.
When you do a small thing to improve your circumstances, this actually inspires you to do more things.
Now you’re no longer “waiting to get motivated.” You’re creating your own motivation. And if you’re creating it, you have an unlimited supply of it.
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