My workouts from Coach Elizabeth are sent to me through a wonderful training software called TrainingPeaks. Because I receive them electronically, it would make sense to just print out the ones with specific directions and take them with me to the gym. But I don’t. The simple reason for this is that I’m a kinestheic learner. Writing down the workouts helps me commit them to memory so I don’t have to refer to them as often.
Though if I’m honest, the real reason I do it this way has nothing to do with learning styles. I do it because it makes me happy and provides another way to motivate myself. Usually, I use a small Girls on the Run notebook that has flowery pages. I grab a fun-colored sharpie to copy down the workout, too. Does it really matter that my workout is on pretty paper? Of course not. Still, it makes me smile.
Finally, I write notes to myself on the top and bottom of the workout, or sometimes next to particularly challenging parts. I’ll think of a short mantra or phrase to keep me going and just add it on the paper. Often, I notice the words at just the right moment and they keep me going when I want to quit.
I’ve used this trick in other places of my life, too. When I was teaching, I had a note posted on my desk that said, “Let me teach like the first snow, falling.” (A line from the poem Undivided Attention by Taylor Mali.) That little note was a constant reminder to strive to captivate my students, and to embrace the things that excited them and use them for teaching opportunities. It is because of that quote that I once spent a day teaching about polymers in science after a student showed up with some water marbles like these. The whole class was talking about and playing with the marbles –why not show them that it was science?
A print from curly girl design on my office wall reads, “I am fairly certain that given a cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world.” When I’m feeling like I don’t make a difference, I remember to have confidence in myself and the things I’m doing. In my own little way, I’m saving the world at Girls on the Run… one girl at a time.
Do you write yourself notes? What other ways do you use to motivate yourself?