Monday Motivation: Mood Follows Action

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“Mood follows action.” -Rich Roll (Rich Roll Podcast #107: Tim Van Orden Runs Beyond the Kale- Why Personal Growth Begins with Self-Acceptance.)

That sounds funny, shouldn’t it be the other way around? But think about it…how many times have you dreaded working out, but felt amazing afterward? Or what about when you felt like hitting snooze on your alarm and snuggling back under the covers instead of going out for an early morning run? I bet as soon as you hit your stride you were happier than you would have been had you gone back to sleep! (I’m just extrapolating from personal experience here. 😉 )

Instead of waiting to feel inspired or motivated, it is your job to motivate or inspire yourself! I know, it’s counter intuitive. And yes, motivational films, books, music, quotes are all instrumental in getting you moving, but they only get you so far. After awhile the effects of external inspiration wear off. Unless you are committed to acting no matter what your mood, it is very unlikely that you will make any lasting changes in your approach to conquering your biggest goals.

kitty with running shoesThe solution is simple: don’t think about it too hard! Don’t think about the next 20 miles when you lace up your running shoes. Just think about taking that first step. As soon as you’ve put a couple of miles behind you your body will have embraced the action. By the end of your run, you’ll feel on top of the world…or at least be glad you went running.

“Gee, I regret that run,” said no one ever!

It’s hard to get out the door sometimes, it’s hard to start that project that seems so daunting. Big things in life are complicated, and we rarely are gung-ho about doing everything all the time. So remember: don’t think about the whole task ahead of you. Think of only the first step, and make yourself do only that first step. Chances are, the rest of the tasks will fall into place. Like a row of dominoes!

Newton’s First Law of Motion: “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”

Start the task. Take the first step. The mood to do it will follow, and before you know it, you’ll be done. And inspired and motivated by what you’ve accomplished 🙂



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