You're still not ready to tackle the dishes in the sink, the laundry on your floor, or the leaves or weeds in your yard. You can't bring yourself to get back into your routine and stick to your plan. You've been avoiding INSERT TASK HERE for too long and it's time to DO something about it! Does any of this ring a bell? This quick read is not going to be on The Science Behind Motivation (or what blocks it), or How We Become Stuck in Dysfunctional Habits. No, no. Those will show up in future posts I assure you. This article will give you some practical tips on how to jump start the energetic, positive, goal-oriented individual that has been with you this entire time.
I want you to take sometime for yourself right now. Go ahead, get rid of any other distractions. I'll wait...
Now let's look at what you can begin doing today to increase your chances of taking action! First and foremost, we need to start with compassion and self-care. We need to give ourselves permission to make mistakes, do the best we can, and take things one step at a time. Let's look together at some "bite-sized" things we can put into practice this week.
Now, these are not force ranked in order of importance so you can pick and choose whichever tips you'd like to start today, which tips are better for later in the week, or which tips are just not for you.
There are more tips just ready to be written here, but I wanted to keep this article short and sweet. Hope you enjoyed it. Now then, can you think of someone in your life - someone close to you - who might benefit from reading this article? If the answer is yes, then I encourage you to share the link to this article on social media or in a private email!
Robin S. Smith, MS, LCMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in clinical practice in Bethesda MD, and specializes in relationship issues for couples, families, and individuals, for improved quality of life. His clinical specialties include: transition to parenthood for new and expecting parents, infidelity, sex and intimacy issues, premarital counseling, and trauma. Robin has given talks to various groups including hospital administrators, graduate students, therapists, and child birth educators. He is the primary contributor to Your Couples Therapist Blog.
Robin S. Smith is a psychotherapist practicing in Bethesda, MD. Robin created The Couple and Family Clinic Blog to provide useful articles on issues related to mental health as well as articles on local, national, and international news stories. Learn more about Robin on the About Page.