laziness

Motivation.

Those days when we wake up and we say, “NOPE.”

We must fight those days. Today is like that for me. Sometimes we can identify the lack of motivation. Other times it’s not so obvious.

I read something at the very right moment this morning. I was battling in my head whether or not I was going to run today. I was browsing through my tweets and saw one that my friend Kacie had posted about a NVR STOP blog post.

“If you make doubt and fear your vacation home, it’s time to burn it.”

Umm, yea. What encouragement.

I’m almost three and a half weeks strong of consistent and challenging exercise. It only took me almost a whole year after Abram was born to finally identify what was holding me back from being healthy, even though I so desperately wanted to be. I can save that whole novel for another post on another day.

But it’s been great.

Accept for yesterday. And this morning. I just don’t feel like it. The few other times I have felt this way over the past several weeks, I would end up pushing myself further. I keep telling myself, “The more I don’t want to do this, the harder I am going to do it.”

I also have to remind myself when I feel like I can’t run any longer that I once pulled heavy Americans in a cart on the back of a bicycle for a living.

Sometimes I pretend like I’m racing the devil. HE CANNOT WIN.

I’m thankful for the moments when God shows up in the snares of laziness (like this morning) and has me read something that fills me with strength.

“He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:29-31

Whatever you are up against today, overcome it. And do it hard.

Burn that vacation home.

Getting Things Done.

At the beginning of January, I made goals for 2012 (as most people did), but this is the first time in my life where I actually wrote them out and displayed them. I really, REALLY want to be intentional and accomplish some rather large things this year. However, I know myself. And myself is not a very organized or disciplined self. I usually tend to be a whimsical, fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type of person that thrives on creativity…. when I feel like being creative.

Now how many of us are just like that, and how often do we actually get a good amount of stuff done? Haha. The answer to that is probably embarrassing, right? Oh, those of you that are so organized and proactive, how we envy thee (seriously though, I know I do).

So responsibility and maturity (along with other grown-ups that speak into my life) say that I need to overcome this weakness I have and get organized, so that my time is spent to its maximum potential. Apparently doing this will actually help me accomplish stuff (who knew?)

Here’s a few things that I am doing to develop this discipline that I encourage you to do if you are just like me:

-Read Jon Acuff’s stuff. Follow him on Twitter. Do whatever you can to be motivated by him. He is the author of “Stuff Christians Like” and the more recent book titled “Quitter.” A fantastic satirist and motivator, he will definitely encourage you to accomplish your goals and turn your dreams into reality through his writing and #finishyear.

-Follow Michael Dalton on Twitter. He is a pretty neat friend of Daniel and I, and he is constantly tweeting and re-tweeting  creative and challenging words that help me get off my lazy butt.

-Come up with some kind of visual that organizes your daily, weekly and monthly goals. Here’s what mine looks like:

Nothing special to it right now. Just a dry erase board I swiped from church (just kidding, I asked my pastor) and some markers. I sectioned the board in to three separate parts: Today, This week, This Month. So far it is working out great, because it is helping me see the big picture. What I can do today will help me finish what needs to get done this week, which will accomplish the months goals which will finally help me meet my goals for the year. Now playing the guitar for an hour today doesn’t feel like a dead end because I know that this month I want to have two new songs written, which is two more closer to that full length album I want to finish before December.

So what tools and resources do you use to keep yourself organized and motivated?