When we shine a light on our previous success we find the motivation we need to continue to be successful.
“When it’s time to change, we must look for bright spots — the first signs that things are working, the first precious As and Bs on our report card. We need to ask ourselves a question that sounds simple but is, in fact, deeply unnatural: What’s working and how can we do more of it?” -Excerpt from Chip & Dan Heath
Here’s what we know about motivation:
1. Success has to happen before you’ll become motivated
2. Success has to KEEP happening.
3. We don’t always recognize success when it happens. We’re pretty hard on ourselves.
Good gyms provide access. Great gyms provide success.
That means we prioritize our PR board over our scoreboard, we celebrate every small success with each other, and we need to take five minutes every week to reflect on the GOOD in our lives.
The practice of thankfulness doesn’t come naturally to anyone. That’s why we call it a practice: it’s hard, we don’t feel like doing it–and then we feel better once we have.
“Bright Spots Friday” is our practice of thankfulness. Every week in the CFRV group, we’ll post our “Bright Spots”: things that went right, things we’re celebrating, and little ‘wins’ from the week. Bright spots aren’t always directly workout-related (“I got an award at work for being the best in my field!”, or “My Kid performed in the school play and absolutely crushed it!”) but practicing gratitude and thankfulness IS an exercise.
The first time, you’ll be reluctant to post your Bright Spots. “I don’t really know these people THAT well—they don’t want to hear about my life.” Or “I don’t want to share all my personal stuff…”
So, I’ll go first. And I encourage you to follow with one TINY little Bright Spot. Make it work out related to start, if that’s easier. What did you do RIGHT, or do BEST, or do for the FIRST time this week? Share in the CFRV Members FB Group.
We’re all family here. It’s a safe place. Look within, and start your weekend happy!