Cooking · Health · Mindfulness

Marie Forleo’s secret to motivation – it’s the simplest one I’ve heard!

Is there an activity in your life you could find enjoyment in yet you’ve passed it off as a waste of time so you rush through it?

I feel this way about a lot of things. Cooking, cleaning, running, flossing. You know what has changed my mindset? Reading this quote by Marie Forleo:

The secret to staying motivated: focus on what you’re doing, not what you’re trying to achieve.

When I slow down and try and be present during these activities, I realize they are actually a fantastic break from the rest of life. They also help me through my tendencies to overthink, overanalyze, and be a worry wart.

When I go for a run I find myself saying “don’t think, just run…don’t think, just breathe”. What a freeing mantra! Sometimes I feel ontop of my run and I can enjoy the frozen lake to my left, the moon above me, and the gorgeous blood orange sunrise on my way home. Other days the run is a struggle, so this mantra is helping me get through. When I am present during a run I am more likely to show up for my next run. Because I remember those feelings, and I remember getting through.

I’ve also come to enjoy the time I spend making dinner. I used to dread this time. I wanted to order take out every night so I could be freed up from this responsibility. Now, I light a candle, turn on some music, and happily begin the chopping. After a day of dealing with toddler tantrums or conversing with a chatty preschooler or dipping into some creative work, cooking is a nice escape.

I am beginning to see the deep value in all of these routine activities. The ones I used to rush through grumpily and mindlessly. They allow my brain to rest, they are an invitation to practice mindfulness, they even spark new ideas.

So bring on the vacuum!

xo Andrea

 

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