5 Steps to Mindful Self-Motivation
Friday, December 11, 2009
Not sure where I got this but thought I would share it anyway. I read it almost daily.
The 5 Steps to Mindful Self-Motivation
Here are the five things you need to do to turn off your autopilot and keep yourself in decision-making mode:
#1 STOP. Whenever you find yourself reaching for something to eat, putting something on your grocery list/cart, or talking to yourself about what to do with the next chunk of time, just STOP for a minute ----don't do anything until you give yourself a chance to decide what you really want to do.
#2 THINK. What do you want/hope to accomplish with this choice you're about to make? What's the best thing you can do in this situation to help yourself accomplish that? How do you think you'll feel after you've chosen any of the options you're considering? Are you willing to choose the option you think will make you feel best afterwards, or is some other factor more important to you at the moment? Be honest and open with yourself --- don't just include the goals or intentions you think you should have. If what you really want right now is to do a little comfort eating, or give yourself a lttle treat that's not on your menu, or take a nap instead of exercising, just say so --- no rationaliztions or excuses necessary or allowed.
#3 EXECUTE. Once you know what you want to accomplish with the particular choice, and have decided on the best way to make this happen, just do it. And recognize that it's YOU making the decision and taking action --- not the food, or the couch, or the situation, or the other people involved, or your genes.
#4 PAY attention to the results. Did your choice give you the results you expected? Did it make you feel the way you thought it would? Is this something you'd be happy to do again? If not, what can you change to get the results you're hoping for?
#5 START over again at #1. Take what you've learned and use it to help you figure out what to do next time you have a similar decision to make. Repeat this process as necessary --- and it's ALWAYS necessary.