Have you ever made plans to go to a 6am crossfit class, wake up that morning, check the box schedule, and see that the “Filthy 50” has been programmed.. and decide you don’t want to go?
Where’s the reward in that? Where’s the PLEASURE?
So you snooze the alarm clock, pull the blankets back over your head, and go back to sleep. But now you feel guilty and anxious for not going. You have the thought, “why can’t I do what I say I’m going to do, especially when it comes to exercise?”
Not only did you not go to the gym, but you’ve created a nice little package of cognitive dissonance for yourself.
And so the cycle continues. You tell yourself you’ll go the gym tomorrow, but when tomorrow comes, you’re not feeling motivated. Your brain tells you “this is going to hurt, be uncomfortable, I’m too tired.”
This inner tension that results from the cognitive dissonance eventually becomes unbearable. So you throw your hands up in the air and yell “screw it I’m just not motivated to exercise!”
Get ready to call in the big guns, cause it’s time for your good-ol prefrontal cortex to step in.
Simple tips and tricks that you can implement right now. HECK YES!