Day #15: Keeping up your motivation

I’ve long realised that motivation wanes throughout the day. It’s often super-high when we wake up, but then we often forget our goals in favour of pleasure and taking it easy.

I thought: ‘If only there were a way of keeping my motivation high all the time!’ Some people get tattoos of their motivational mottos, but that seemed a little drastic.

Then I thought: ‘I could buy bracelets with the slogans on’ – but luckily, before buying any, I realised I’d forgotten that I actually make and sell name bracelets here!

I’d never considered using them for motivational messages before, but yesterday I crafted three bracelets to fit my wrist. I chose dark colours to go with the black dresses I wear on tour, but lots of cheery colourful letters are also available on eBay if you prefer bright colours and fancy making your own bracelets.

I had a limited number of characters available, so this one is for the slogan ‘The hard way now produces an easy way later. The easy way now produces a hard way later.’

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This is true for everything from dieting to exercise to work to childcare. Love your kid with all your heart and soul and be attentive, no matter how boring the activities they want you to pay attention to, and they’ll love you back. Pay no attention to your kid and you’ll eventually get a depressed kid who doesn’t want to spend time with you.

The next bracelet says ‘Build a life for yourself’.

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This exercise I’ve created is about imagining yourself outside of your body, and answering the questions: ‘If you had to build a perfect life for this person, what would you have them do? What would they eat? How would they train? How hard would they work? How would they parent?’

Often, we can’t be objective about our own activities and it’s easy to take the lazier, more pleasurable route through life. By imagining yourself as someone else, you distance yourself and so building a perfect life for yourself is easier – almost like playing a video game. What do you want your character to achieve, and how will you get them there?

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The last bracelet just says ‘Make yourself proud’ – which I discuss here.

Since I’ve been wearing the bracelets, I haven’t binged and I’ve definitely been more aware of my actions. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Diet update

Days: 14

Total loss: 6.8lbs

Still need to lose: 60.6lbs

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Takeaways

The easy way now produces a hard way later. This is true for everything from dieting to exercise to work to childcare. Put in maximum effort now and reap the rewards later. Slack off now and pay the price later.

Build a life for yourself. Imagine yourself outside of your body, as though you were a video game character. Ask yourself: ‘If you had to build a perfect life for this character, what would you have them do? What would they eat? How would they train? How hard would they work? How would they parent?’

Make your motivational slogans visible. If you don’t like the idea of using name bracelets (which are cheap and super-comfortable to wear), elegant bangles are available too – or you could opt for a discreet tattoo.

Quote of the Day

‘A dream doesn’t become reality through magic. It takes sweat, determination and hard work.’ – Colin Powell

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