Saturday, October 13, 2012

Change - The Best Motivator.

Sometimes, I get stuck in a rut. I get comfortable with my day-to-day routines; at work, at home, at the gym, whatever. I find what works and tend to stick with it. For the most part, this is a good thing. It provides consistency, quality, and predictable results. It can also start to get awfully boring. Interest and excitement can wane, and so can one's motivation to continue on. My philosophy in life has always been to work and play hard, and to always try to keep improving. This is where change is so important.

Disneyland Aug 2010 - Main Street U.S.A.

Change can be one of the great motivators in life. Being able to respond to disruptions in any aspect of life can be a good thing. At work, stepping back and looking at your environment, looking at how things get done, looking at end results and questioning whether things can be improved is important. Changing routines every now and then often freshens things up and can give new perspectives.

Change at home is a classic area of need for motivation. I am guilty for leaving tasks undone around the house, well, just, because. We often get into the routine of cooking the same things over and over. You get the drift. Shaking up the routine by finding a new recipe online, trying a new technique out for making dessert, making a more entertaining lunch for the kids (?Bento Box anyone). Just do it.

The same goes for the gym. Workout routines are good, but it's important to switch them out every few weeks. Adding 10% more weight, hitting the same muscles with a new machine, trying out a new class all can be highly motivating and improve your overall well-being.

As we get into the colder months, we all tend to lead more sheltered and, dare I say, more boring lives. In our suburb, once November hits, the only way you know actual people live on our street is by the tire tracks in the snow on their driveways. Everyone seems to drive into their "automatic garage door opened" entryway, not to be seen again until spring. This winter, change up the routine, and get outside, do something different and stay motivated!

Let me know what you do to keep from getting bored.

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