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JIBBIE49's Photo JIBBIE49 Posts: 83,899
1/4/20 9:17 P

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emoticon Try the Japanese Art of Kai-Zen. It is based on the fact that the HARDEST part of doing anything is GETTING STARTED. Thus, you set a timer for ONE MINUTE. Yes, just ONE minute and then you start- whatever, exercise, picking up the laundry, whatever. When the timer goes OFF, you can stop. Give yourself credit for DOING the task and go on. No more arguments in your head about how you are a failure, etc. The next day, set the timer again, and do ONE MINUTE. IF you decide to do more, so be it. You can, but your are NOT required to do more than ONE MINUTE. Celebrate. Tell yourself all the nice things you can. Continue this each day.
This works for children as well.

I use this to empty the dish drainer. Why at 70 years old do I still hate that task? Well, it was my "chore" as a child. I wasn't trusted with washing dishes, because my mother was sure I wouldn't do them well enough to please her. So, I still have an issue, but I find when the timer goes OFF, I finish the task. Kai-Zen works for everything.



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1/4/20 8:34 P

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Welcome!

The life you want is waiting to rise up to meet you. - Oprah


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1/4/20 2:20 A

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"Don't rely on motivation for anything. It is fleeting and unreliable. Discipline, however, is unyielding. Force yourself to follow through." - Anon

It's hard to force yourself to do things you don't really want to do. It's also hard to watch your body slowly go to crap and start sending you signals that you're going die sooner than later. Pick one, but you can't have both. Do a web search on the Don't rely on Motivation phrase and discover some answers. I started by forcing myself to get dressed and do a minimum of a three-minute workout. It worked. I lowered my goals to the point where even I couldn't find an excuse to not meet them. I don't remember the number of times I got dressed and only did three minutes, but I could count them on one hand. Most days it was at least a little more and eventually became a lot more. Here's a pleasant surprise. Motivation came back. As promised, it didn't stay, but it did keep coming back from time to time and in the meantime, I built some pretty iron-clad habits from which I seldom stray, motivated or not. Good luck and welcome back to SparkPeople!

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1/3/20 7:23 P

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Welcome Back!

Best of luck as you continue your Spark journey.



Jackie
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"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."
-Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

"Most people don't change until the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of changing."



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1/3/20 6:31 A

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"Youth and beauty are not accomplishments. They are the temporary, happy byproducts of time and/or DNA. Don’t hold your breath for either." - Carrie Fisher (may she and her mom RIP........)

If you can't love yourself, how are ya gonna love somebody else? - RuPaul

Take action, and inspiration will follow - Gilad

Change without losing yourself and you can accomplish anything. - Tim Gunn

Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars - Casey Kase


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1/3/20 5:42 A

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Unrelated to the new year, I decided to hop back on here and see if it can help me get motivated. Been a bit depressed and lacking motivation the past 6 months or so.

SUFFER THE PAIN OF DISCIPLINE; OR SUFFER THE PAIN OF REGRET!!!

FALL down SEVEN times - STAND up EIGHT!

You don't have to go FAST, you just have to GO!



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