Lazy Motivation

A chapter of a book I’ve been reading says, “compare yourself to who you were yesterday. Not to who someone else is today.” The chapter suggests that even being a tiny bit better than yesterday every day can have an exponential effect. Perhaps concentrating on people who are supposedly better than you is depressing and discouraging.

Day 1

Okay, so I started with making my bed. Well, that was easy. Time to clock out.

The following days I continued to make my bed and throughout the day I would look for something to accomplish. Something fairly easy of course. I think we tend to overwhelm ourselves with tasks that we don’t end up doing them. If you make small deals with yourself you’ll be easier to convince.

It’s not hard to convince yourself to do 1 push-up. Every following day do 1 more than the day before. In 30 days you’ll be up to 30 in one day if you can do 30. Most people do zero in a month. Starting with that first push-up can get momentum going.

I’m maxed out at 33 proper push-ups in a row. Things are cleaner around the house. I’ve been writing on another blog. I should be more mindful with being a bit better than yesterday because I slack off sometimes. I’m still making my bed. A little better every day is much better than no improvement in a whole year.

It’s also beneficial and scary to ask yourself if you are better than yesterday, not literally but in the past year or 2 or 3 or even 10. Are you a better person? Are you more enlightened? Are you fatter? Have you stopped picking your nose? Are you sadder? What’s the trajectory look like? Are you lying to yourself? Are you lying to yourself?



8 comments on “Lazy Motivation

  1. juliehcares says:

    Aww man! I have to stop picking my nose??? 😂😉🙄
    Being a better you is a great idea! I haven’t made my bed in at least 20 years, I don’t see the point of it. Maybe I should follow in your footsteps and see how I feel with it made? I am a very clean person otherwise so why not?

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  2. Mr. J.,
    I’ve recently made that decision, too. I decided to do an hour of cleaning every day. After a few days, there was nothing that seemed dirty enough to clean, so I’ve skipped the last two days. I don’t believe in making my bed, unless I’m washing sheets. Waste of energy.

    Same with exercise. As soon as I decide to do it, it becomes a rule, then I feel guilty if I break it. I probably couldn’t do even one push-up but tried a routine of two yoga sun salutes every day. That lasted a few days. I tried dancing, but a thunderstorm forced me to unplug the stereo, and I haven’t plugged it back in, yet.

    I’m better than yesterday because I worry less than I did.

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    • MrJohnson says:

      I like cleaning stuff. It’s very satisfying. It’s not satisfying cleaning something when it already looks clean though. Seeing my bed made makes feel less of a slob.

      You can do squats instead of push-ups or anything really. I hear you about the guilt. It’s easier to keep going than to quit.

      I’ve found trying to be better than you were yesterday ignites some kind of competition with yourself.

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  3. Be true to thine own self works for me!

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  4. But I’m so good at comparing myself to others. Shouldn’t that count for something?

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    • MrJohnson says:

      Sometimes it’s good, like when your ultimate goal is to be greater than everyone so much so that their significant other wishes they were with you. Every time people see you they get depressed and insecure, and pray for your mercy.

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