While we tend to work while being sick, and push through to complete projects, it’s like the first thirty seconds after you’ve pushed yourself past an exercise goal. I’ll use a rowing machine as an example. After rowing for x amount of time, you get tired, and when the goal is y amount of time, after crossing that threshold it’s like a moment of clarity. You just gave all that you thought you could. There is a minor deception within that feeling, however.
Not wasting time should apply to all aspects of your life. Rather than write encouraging words about living your life to the fullest while waiting in line at the grocery store, I’ll instead focus on the professional side of things: don’t waste the time of others and don’t waste your own.
A motivated friend of mine posted a twenty-two push-ups in twenty-two days challenge recently that I used as the excuse to return to daily rowing. I haven’t been great about daily exercises in years, so passing day thirty-nine last night with only about four missed days is a huge accomplishment for me. Here are my daily exercise motivational tricks:
I’ll often receive questions from people asking how I got to where I am today. They’ll ask how I know certain skills or they’ll ask the value of this certification or that degree. Most of the time it’s just idle daydreaming, but this afternoon, I had a question from someone that seemed genuinely motivated to change his course in life. Here’s the analogy I used: