Have you ever felt fired up to make a change in your life, but soon found yourself saying “I just can’t be bothered?” If you have, don’t worry – you’re not alone…
Welcome back to our ‘How to Stay on Track Everyday’ blog series. In Parts 1 and 2 of the series, we introduced you to the concept of ‘Failure Traps’ and taught you how to overcome those pesky 3pm sugar cravings.
But, as we’ve talked about before, although it’s easy to think of failure traps as physical situations that require a response or action (like the afternoon sugar cravings), the real failure traps are actually those which happen in your mind. Simply put, the bad angel that sits on your shoulder and tempts you to stray off track is likely to be a major reason why you aren’t achieving your goals.
So, in Part 3 of our series, we’re teaching you how to stay on track by tackling one of the most common thoughts people have when it comes to their health: “I can’t be bothered.”
Why Do You Feel So Unmotivated?
Feeling as though you can’t be bothered to complete your scheduled activities can be caused by a range of different scenarios…
Maybe you’ve had a long day at work and all you want to do is collapse on the couch with the bottle of wine that’s been patiently waiting for you in the fridge at home. Maybe your to-do list is so endless that taking care of yourself becomes the lowest priority. Or, maybe you’re feeling a little daunted by the idea of making a change to your health, which stops you from taking the first step.
Whatever the reason, rest assured that you’re not alone.
The truth is you’d be hard-pressed to find a single person who hadn’t had similar thoughts or anxieties. After all, feeling unmotivated and lethargic from time-to-time is part of what makes us human.
The important thing to know is that there’s a super easy way to stop these thoughts from ruling your actions…
The next time you feel as though it’s impossible to find even a scrap of motivation or energy to complete your scheduled activities, try what we like to call “surfing the urge.”
How to Stay on Track by Surfing the Urge
To “surf the urge” is exactly what it sounds like: being patient and waiting for the urge to give up to pass. The thing about thoughts is, they’re just thoughts. They float in and out of your mind all day, but do you act on every single one? Probably not.
In the same way, you can overcome thinking you can’t be bothered in 2 incredibly simple steps:
Step 1: Recognise that it’s just a thought.
Step 2: Be patient and let the urge pass.
If you’re questioning the simplicity of this technique, don’t worry, we get it.
But let’s face it, the reason why you can’t be bothered in the first place is probably because you’re so busy! When that moment arrives where you feel unmotivated and tempted to stray off track, you need something easy and effective to apply that diminishes the thought as it enters your mind.
By surfing the urge, you allow yourself a moment to recognise that giving in is not what you really want. This will help you to stay on track in the long-term and will get you one step closer to becoming your best self.
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