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Everything moves in cycles and that includes our motivation. Sometimes the speed of the cycles is steady, sometimes it varies.
As some of you know, my mojo has been at a nadir for some time now. I have been unable to get myself going – there’s always a half-decent excuse, which is great if you believe in half-decent excuses…unfortunately, I do not.
But this week I do feel it coming back. It’s a trickle, but I can feel it, building slowly.
Two things have helped move me along.
- On Sunday I was fortunate enough to receive a Garmin Forerunner 610 as a Fathers’ Day gift. (inevitable review to follow).
- Yesterday, a free pair of Brooks’ Green Silence – I won them by winning my buddy Doug’s —>36K for Miracles virtual race <— – arrived in the mail (another inevitable review to follow).
On Monday, though normally a rest day, I had to take the watch out for a test run. Tonight or tomorrow (whenever I can squeeze in the time – school letting out has thrown the schedule out of whack) I will be taking the Green Silence for a test run as well.
I am working my way back to my marathon training (I had better! there are just over 5 weeks to go) after 10+ days off. The Mojo ain’t flowing freely just quite yet, but these two items have provided an external spark that I think are just the trick for getting me back on track. My mind is taken off of the fact that my self-motivation is low and focused squarely on my two new toys.
Which brings me to what I have been preaching since the inception of the blog (if not longer) – by whatever means possible get yourself moving one way or another and then let momentum/inertia take over. If it takes an external push to get going, fine! Use it until the internal engine kicks in. It’s like a stick-shift car with a dead battery – get some friends to push the car, pop the clutch, finally get the engine started and then you’re off.
I’ve got the car in gear, clutch engaged, and am slowly rolling down the hill.
Will my Mojo in a Box work? If I pop the clutch, will the engine start?
Check back next week.