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Recently, I read a memoir written by a woman who faked a college diploma and BS'ed her way into a series of high-paying jobs. (Yes, let's say that those initials stand for Bachelor of Science.)
Or at least that's what the woman claimed that she did. I don't know how much you can trust a narrator if she's admitted to being a liar.
She ended up managing people who had received a whole lot more education in accounting procedures than she had, and who assumed, based on her faked background, that she knew more than they did.
Her way of dealing with this discrepancy was to delegate her managerial tasks to people who could do them better than she could. Basically, she conned them into doing her job by motivating them to want to do it.
As is my wont, I wondered if I could find any useful lessons from her story, any tips for how to manage my own lazy self when it comes to disciplining myself to get exercise.
Oh, if I could figure out a way to delegate exercising?
That would be sooo cool.
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What motivates a lazy person to work out?
She wrote, "Figure out what motivates the person" and use that.
The problem I see is that I'm motivated by:
1. Sleeping in
2. Lazing about
3. Reading books
4. Leaving brilliant albeit silly comments on other people's blogs, and
5. Listening to music
Sadly, I don't see a way to apply any of my current motivators to get me working out.
On the other hand, after reading this memoir I made a deduction. (I think that's the word I want.) The woman succeeded in her job, got promoted, and made lots of money. She did not get caught because the people she worked for never questioned her qualifications. And no one questioned her because she came across as having loads of self-confidence.
Assuming that what she wrote was true, it seems to me that you can draw the inference that people who are confident get farther in life.
Fake it 'til you make it? Oh please, how trite can you get, Merry?
Can I apply that to exercising? If I am confident that this workout I am dreading is really and truly going to provide me with a kick-ass ass, abs without flabs, and the ability to run without glowing like an overexcited nuclear reactor, then yes, I probably will go out and work that exercise routine One More Time.
What's your secret for motivation?
When you work out, do you use some kind of motivator to get you moving? Or are you all so good that you don't need any incentive to work out?
Me, I always need motivation. Discouragement is easy when the muscles are sore and there is no visible sign of improvement. That's when I tend to stop exercising and start plotting goals that I can achieve, e.g. experimenting in how much pizza one woman can eat in one sitting. (Easily achieved goals. Very important.)
So... the one body part I need to work on first is:
My plan to motivate myself
Next time I need to whip up some enthusiasm for the workout, I am going to try to believe -- no, that's not strong enough -- I'm going to drill firmly into my head the absolutely crystal clear certainty that doing this exercise will result in my looking more like this:
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And looking less like this:
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What do you think? Am I onto something here, some secret I can put into a book and sell for $19.99 a copy? Or is this all... Yaaaaawn just One More Rehash of Old Familiar Stuff?