WHAT IS YOUR EXCUSE?
If I looked back at the past 2 years, I could probably count the number of times I’ve gone running on one hand and a pinky. It just seemed that every time I said I’d run, I found an excuse not to do it.
But during a recent Launchpad discussion, we came upon an accountability idea that I found to be really helpful in building a new running/workout routine.
CREATE EXCUSES TO DO THE THINGS YOU WANT!!!
Years back, a friend of mine educated me on the “dangers” of shampoo. Apparently, my need to shower 2-3 times per day, (depending on if I worked out or not), was/is extremely unhealthy for my general hair-being.
So, as I do with any challenge, I decided to test it...and made it one whole day without a shampoo shower. It was horrible. I felt greasy, couldn’t wake up, and was generally miserable.
Since then, I have cut down to 1-2 showers a day, but there is not a morning goes by where I’m not rigorous in my routine and habit. Just thinking about that non-shower day makes me cringe inside.
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH EXCUSES?
Knowing that the “euphoric benefits” of running are not enough to motivate me to get out of bed at 6:30am, I had to find a new motivator to keep myself accountable to my new morning exercise routine. I had to find an excuse that was more powerful than the difficulty of the run and the comfort of my bed combined. I created an excuse to go running.
RULE: “A morning shower is only allowed if Martin completes a morning run, or equivalent workout routine.”
So, every morning that I wake up, I can decide to stay in bed, but my punishment is that I am not allowed to shower...which, as mentioned above, is pretty much the worst thing.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE.
Giving yourself a reason and a context to do something makes the task much easier to pursue.
For instance, if I wanted to reach out to someone I admired, it would be weird to just send an email saying, “Hey, I admire you!”. But, if I said, “You came up during a discussion night at the American Marketing Association and I’d like to get your thoughts for the group re-caps.” That reframes the interaction in a whole new and more positive light.
In order to improve this group and our discussions, let me know your thoughts on the following questions:
What was your excuse for not attending last week?
What is one thing you do to keep yourself accountable?
And...will you be joining us on Tuesday, November 4th?
We will be exploring the topic of: “The excuses we tell ourselves, and the positive and negative impacts they have on our lives.”
Looking forward to seeing all you LP’s soon.
ps. If any of you are aspiring musicians or rappers, but have always found an excuse not to start, Raj (aka Fenetik) can help you get over the mental barrier and learn the fundamentals in a new course he is teaching. By the end of the night, you’ll even have your own song! Check it out.