Motivation Monday: Seasonal Downside

I am still here.  It’s been more than a week since I’ve written a word on the digital page, meaning there is a lot to catch up on for a guy who is trying to write a blog post every day.  But it happens, sometimes there are vacations, busy weeks at work, and crises to manage.  Life happens, yet still I continue.   Today’s motivation post will talk about part of the reason for my shift, and how I may be the only person who sees a changing season as a frustration, even if it is the long-awaited Spring.

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If you have read one of my older posts talking about New Year’s Resolutions, you’ll see that seasonal changes are the best times to start a new project or change your lifestyle, as opposed to the turn of a calendar year.  The nice weather and extra daylight gets everyone up and out of hibernation.  This past weekend in Toronto, tons of people were out enjoying the fresh air, walking, running, cycling.  There were even a few drunk morons arguing about nothing – Life has returned to the city.

If you’re planning on starting something new, hop to it.  This is the time of year where you naturally have more energy to go along with the extra daylight hours.  If you start something now, nature is on your side, and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to create a new routine to fall into.

The downside of this is that if, like me, you’re already in a good routine, it’s easy to break it.

Since January 1st of this year I have worked out every single weekday before work.  It’s been amazing and I’ve felt so much better.  It went along nicely with my blogging, acting as two daily checkboxes that go hand in hand.  But this week was tough because the warmer weather gave me more incentive to get outside and away from the false lights of the gym.  This isn’t a bad thing, my body wants the extra sunshine, and the vitamin D that goes along with it.  But getting up at 5am each day, I started getting thoughts of ‘hey maybe I can just go for a run today after work instead of the gym this morning.’ I thought I could sleep in a bit and do my workout later.  what’s the harm?

The harm is that it messes with a  good thing.  When something works for you, and is moving you in the right direction, there should be no reason to change it.  Small tweaks are good to refine your techniques and see if you can be more efficient.  But why make big sweeping changes if you aren’t sure they will be sustainable?

That being said, the one concession I will make is to go for an early morning run, during the same hours that I would be at the gym anyways. And even then I doubt I would do this more than once or twice per week.  It’s more for the routine in my schedule than anything else.  That’s what’s important to keeping everything going strong.

There have been so many times in my life where I have shifted things.  Where I felt whatever I was doing was not working, and so I tried something new.  I have learned what works for me, but it took a ton of failure and years of effort.  It doesn’t have to.

The key is to find what works for you, and do it faithfully, endlessly, until you get where you want to be.  It will mean sacrificing things, doing things differently, and saying ‘no’ to things you really want to say yes to. But that’s the way it is, changing things for the better takes concentrated effort.

 

And so I’m concentrating on keeping this blog going. Happy Spring!

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