Day Nine: Can you keep it going?

The M in GOBRADIME stands for Management

But it also stands for Monitoring, Morphing, Momentum, Motivation, and Mastery...


As you continue your committed daily practice, you will start to build momentum and finding motivation will get easier. Keep a journal, continue to learn and evolve, and observe and adjust as necessary.


Over time, you’ll make adjustments, always tweaking your design to better suit where you find yourself. Just like a garden, some things in your practice will grow and flourish, others will wither and die.


The whole idea behind a daily practice is that you do it every day until you die. So “maintenance” becomes something more like “ritual.” But the first few months it can be super hard to keep the motivation going. And even though you’ve worked so hard to clarify your goals, choose your actions, and design a practice that is right for you, any design is only as good as the willingness of the participants to follow to the plan.


The problem is rarely in the plan. The problem is in the will. 


​Today’s class is dedicated to helping you master your will.


{BONUS POINTS: I challenge you to extend your Bliss Blitz into a 40-day Challenge!!! Use a log like this one, to keep track. }

There are two primary strategies for doing controlling your will:

First, as I mentioned in the video, avoiding sugar and other intoxicants will definitely help. This doesn’t mean you have to be stone sober and rigidly attached to this choice. It just means, if you’re having a hard time sticking to your practice, consider cutting the crap for a few weeks and see if that helps you get back on track. Remember that your body is your greatest asset! Treat it as such and your creative and professional success will become much more easily accessed.


The second key to both mastery and sustained motivation is to establish a diversity of healthy ways to reward yourself, every time you complete your practice.

This goes back to that lizard-brain of yours--the part of your mind that, at its core, just wants to feel good and be happy. And you might surprise yourself to see how effective even tiny, silly rewards can be at appeasing that subconscious need. If you read the article links in yesterday’s class, you learned a bit about why this works. If you didn’t read them, go and do that now. Some rewards cost money, others can be found with a little ingenuity. 


What will be your rewards?

Let’s have an overview of the different types of rewards you might be able to offer yourself.

Today's assignment is to create a list of rewards that connect to your practice.

First, brainstorm as many different types of rewards you can think of. Use the categories I mentioned above to help you come up with ideas, and refer to the articles below if you get stumped.

Next, go back through your brainstorm, and select a handful of rewards that you can easily access/afford, and that make sense for your practice. Refine your list and post it in your studio.

Then, go and do your practice.

When you finish, reward yourself!​

As you continue to do your practice in the days to come, continue to note which rewards you receive in your daily log. Writing the reward down helps to solidify it and reinforce your motivation as well.

Inspiration

Tomorrow

Tomorrow’s our last day! SPA DAY! See you then!