I rarely feel like exercising. Given a choice, I can always find a great excuse to skip it.
Not so fast, kiddo! Walking? Studio? Workout? PICK ONE!
But I use those micro-steps (“I’ll just get into my gym shoes!”) and say I’ll get in the car at the appropriate time. I drive there, I walk in, sign in and get in line. I fight down a few moments of panic–“I can’t do this!”
And then everyone says hello, and the music pops in, and we’re off. For the next hour, I don’t have much time to think.
It’s a full hour of work—warming up, strength work, balance work, stretching, cooling down.
And at the end of the hour, I am always–ALWAYS–glad I came.
The same with my art. Especially the last year or so, as I take my work to the next level, it’s been hard to sit down to work. My head plays every mental game it can, and I’ve got a million excuses why I should work on something else.
So I do the micro-steps and say, “I’m just going to pick out the border pattern” or “I’m just going to mix some clay.”
Or I do it because I know if I can just get out of the house, that’s half the battle. Instead of, “I’ll just do the laundry first”, I promise myself I’ll do it when I get back.
Or I do it because I know once I’m in the studio, I’ll be fine. There will be plenty of little tasks, big projects (with little steps!), and maybe a customer or two will drop in.
Or I do it because….
I know it’s the work of my heart. And I have to do it. Because I LOVE IT. And I’ll be absolutely miserable if I don’t.
It’s like taking vitamins. Or, even more fun, a glass of wine!
I do it because it’s good for me, and I know that. I do it because I will be happier, not only being active, but getting something done. I do it because I can cross those little goals off my checklist, and that feels productive, too.
Before I know it, the time has flown by. Some pretty good work has been accomplished. And I’m feeling pretty good, too.
If you wait until you “feel like it”, you’ll never do it.
Just go to the studio. Don’t worry about how you’ll manage it tomorrow, or whether you have to do it the rest of your life. Just worry about today.
Just do it.
What is YOUR magic step for getting to the studio?
You don’t have one, you say? You’re already so disciplined you don’t have to think about it?
First, good on you!
But I’m guessing if you believe you don’t have one/need one, it’s because you’ve incorporated many small encouragements and good practices so often, your internal process doesn’t even register anymore.
It’s become a good habit, one you don’t even have to think about any longer.
And that’s the perfect place to be!
So share how you got there.
Maybe what worked for YOU, will work for someone else, today.
And maybe that’s just what someone else needs to hear, to get to their studio today.