To continue this month's discussion of New Year's resolutions, I wanted to address the issue of motivation. Sometimes, when we've been working hard on something, we become so tired that we feel like giving up. It can be hard to remain resolute, ("purposeful, determined, and unwavering") but if we prepare emotionally for the difficulty of working to achieve our goals, and plan appropriate self care ahead of time, this will increase our chances of being successful.
Think about what inspires you; what activities or exercises pump you up and help you feel motivated? Sometimes we find a particular song, yoga pose, conversation partner, or book/movie that speaks to us and sparks us, like a jolt of adrenaline. Make a list of the things you already know work for you, and another list of things to explore as potential energy boosters that you haven't tried yet. Keep these lists handy throughout the new year and refer to them when you need your motivation refreshed.
Below, you'll find a playlist of some of my favorite "pump up " songs. Give it a listen, and consider making your own playlist for when you're in need of an energy boost. Picture yourself in an '80's style training montage: which songs are playing in the background? Share in the comments!