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Crystal Clear Intentions

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When our intentions are crystal clear to us, decisions become a lot easier to make.

Today I was about ten minutes into my daily workout, when I noticed my mind drifting and my motivation plummeting. Why? To put it simply: I was bored. I’ve been sticking to the same program for a month or two now and I know what to expect, so my brain has a tendency to checkout.

As I noticed this, I started to consider turning off the workout and moving to something more fun and less tedious. At the same moment I was considering this, the instructor said something along the lines of: “Don’t quit on yourself. Keep pushing through and challenging yourself… that’s what this is all about.”

For a moment, I agreed with her. I stuck it out a few more minutes, really doing my best to push through the mental resistance. There’s obviously a lot of value in developing that mental fortitude. But then something occurred to me: “Challenging myself” is actually NOT what it’s about for me. Not really.

My personal intention with exercising is crystal clear to me. It’s all about consistently doing something that maintains my physical and emotional health.

If consistency is my North Star, I have to be aware of the obstacles that could drag me off that course. Boredom, dread, and starting to feel pressured in my workouts are all things that are going to make me LESS likely to be consistent, not more likely.

— Caroline Zook

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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