Drafting Motivation

Yes, it’s the NFL draft week. So far this is the most excited I’ve been since quarantine started. I happen to be a fan of one of the worst teams in the league and also one of the newest. The Jacksonville Jaguars. This draft will probably just lead us to another losing record but I’m doing my best to stay hopeful. If you don’t know a thing about football, don’t worry. I’m not going to solely talk about the draft.

The draft is the pinnacle moment in the lives of college football athletes. They work most of their lives for it. They strive to be the best they can be. Some of them have serious talent, some have serious potential. Football players have to be physically strong and in-shape to play the game. Man, when I was a kid, all I wanted to do was be involved in the NFL in some way. I was like, yeah let me be a ref. or let me be a kicker. I don’t know, I had some big fantasies back then and I am nowhere near that physically fit. Also I like my junk food too much. I’m fit, but not that fit. I’m motivated, but maybe not that motivated.

More often than I’d like, I find myself procrastinating and putting things off. Then when I finally do it, it takes about 3 minutes. I do it with this blog, I do it with finding jobs, I do it with simple things like going to the bank. “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “maybe next week I’ll have more time”. True, sometimes I actually am busy that day and can’t make time. But how much time do we waste on our phones every day? Could we spare an extra 15 minutes to do the dishes, or should we continue to rinse only the dishes we need?

For my birthday, one of my presents was Carrie Underwood’s new book and if you haven’t read it yet, I would definitely recommend. She gives a ton of at-home exercises (considering we’re stuck inside for however long it can be useful) and also gives many healthy recipes as well as tips to help you stay motivated. She has her own set of workouts called the FIT52 LIFE. I personally don’t use it, but it might help you if you ever have trouble organizing a workout.

Oh boy do I wish I could stay motivated 365 days out of the year, but even Carrie Underwood says that she’s not necessarily fit every single day. but discipline is a huge part of staying motivated. It’s helped me stay focused on getting in shape and since quarantine, my brothers have kept me disciplined enough to go for a run at least 3 times a week. My gym is closed for at least another month. I truly do miss it and when I was in high school I would have NEVER imagined that I would love exercising.

We generate fear while we sit. We overcome them by action.

Dr. Henry Link

While the doors may be closed to gyms, I’ve been finding new ways to stay healthy. Did you know that salads are actually as easy to make as a hot dog? Cause it took me my entire life to learn that. I’ve been writing this post for the last 2 hours. It’s hard to think of content to write sometimes. I have ideas, but the idea of actually putting it into words is more difficult than I imagined when I started this blog. One thing to mention about discipline, every time I write a blog post I write it all at once because I know that if I pause halfway through, it’ll take me even longer to finish it. Maybe it’s me being an Aries. Maybe it’s my ADD. It could possibly be laziness, but I deny that.

I strive to motivate myself every day to at least get one thing productive done. Productive for me sometimes looks like finishing a Netflix series, or getting outside and practicing archery, or reading that book that’s been sitting on my shelf for 2 years. I can’t describe what productivity looks like for you. But I can tell you that it feels so satisfying to know that you got something done. And I can feel that swell of relief in my chest right now knowing I finally finished this blog post.

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