What motivates you at the start of your day? The smell of coffee perhaps? Scrolling through a covetous Instagram feed of friends who’ve already worked out, made their chia-kale-superfood smoothie and blogged about it?
As inspiring as it may be to follow the lives of others through various filters and feeds of social media, it can also be semi-depressing - the temptation to compare is all too strong, and as an alternative, I’d like to offer a little secret I’ve found to seeking motivation and setting goals: My mother once told me it’s okay to be jealous. She pointed out that it’s as innate a human feeling as happiness, sadness, anger or elation... It’s what we do with each of these emotions that makes all the difference you see. I have found that if I use jealousy as a motivating tool, (“Wow, if she can accomplish that, so can I!”) I filter that energy into a much healthier direction.
So, goals! I read that the entire point of setting goals is an ironic percentage balance of 80% to get us up off our bums, and 20% to attain that “arbitrary benchmark.” It’s about the journey to attainment after all, right? I ask of you today... the next time you’re scrolling through Pinterest wondering where the time went and why your apartment/home isn’t a creative menagerie of DIY’s, allow yourself this small token of thought: Then choose a recipe, a workout plan, a project already, and begin a motivating climb towards your goals.
AUTHOR: Shelby Elsbree