I had someone text me with an excerpt from an article she read while at work this morning and she said that it reminded her of me:
“Whether it’s writing a blog post, lifting weights, or making a great breakfast, they get up every day and simply start. They understand that the momentum will carry them forward to a great day. They push themselves physically and mentally to start the day strong.”
Not sure where this was from, but it wasn’t until I read this quote that I’ve realized that my life always carried momentum that pushed me forward.
Like one of Newton’s Laws of Motion:
“…an object at rest tends to stay in rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion in a straight line at constant speed unless acted upon by an external, unbalanced force.”
That “external, unbalanced” force can be anything from stress, relationships, health or that bitchy customer in front of you at Starbucks. If you let other external forces affect your mood, your momentum slows down or possibly even stop.
I start my momentum every morning doing the following: make my bed and clean my room. Like this quote from Admiral William McRaven, the former commander of JSOC:
“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.
By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”
Those little micro accomplishments can start your day right, like having that morning cup of coffee.
I’m not sure if I would call it motivation but with enough repetition, it becomes a part of you and even missing one day of this routine will throw off your day.
It might sound mundane, but it’s what keeps me moving and always pushing forward.
Try making your bed every morning. Then everyday.
You’ll be surprised how good you feel when you come home to a clean bed after a long day at work.