“Exercise is effective, but, how about………….?

 My friend is a fitness guru, having accomplished the right size and weight. She is proud and happy. I finally decided and informed her one early morning that I am starting cycling to get in shape. “Congrats! Exercise is important, but do you know diet is more important. Are you ready to cut your calorie intake?” Oh Oh, my alarm bells started, my Riley’s orbs of fear, disgust and anger set in towards sadness. I became anxious. What’s the point, I will exercise today but is it worth it. Should I even try if I am not disciplined. I decided to procrastinate rather abort. 

 I find that most of my interaction on goals with family and friends demotivating. I know the pros but the cons are highlighted by the experts who have been there. I listen carefully and slouch.  I find that same is likely to happen with some students. Students come to university with reasonable goals, become a physician, dentist, nurse, serve the society, earn a name, become an expert. Many have accomplished with some even finding the journey wonderful. Some students struggle, compare with their peers and get anxious. Very few, may be less than 1% do some acts which can harm them or their loved ones. 

I was discussing with Sam on a case of root canal treatment. “I have made the patient come for 10 appointments and you know what, my supervisor chipped and redid the full job. I feel totally incompetent.” We decided to procrastinate consciously on remediation. The anxious orb became stable and Sam started on his remediation plan. 

I find procrastination essential for me. It allows me time to reflect and retract. I did go for my cycle, patted myself for the loss of 200 calories, celebrated with a dosa and chutney. My fitness account was in positive with a loss of 200 calories. 

How do you motivate yourself? State in comments. 

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