This post is all about one of the ways I find motivation, kinda.
You see, the best way to motivate me is to tell me I can’t do something, it’s one of my biggest pet peeves and instantly makes me feel as though I’ve just been challenged.
This can actually be really helpful in certain situations. If I tell someone I want to go to the gym more this week, (knowing the likeliness of me actually going is about 2%) and they reply “Yeah, but I doubt you will” suddenly I’m star jumping my way out the door, and cursing their name as my legs turn to jelly on the StairMaster.
This trait of mine is both a blessing and a curse.
For my birthday this year, my boyfriend Reece took me to see The Book of Mormon – Which is absolutely hilarious. I cackled like a witch through-out the whole thing!
After the show, we went for a nice dinner, and then snooped out somewhere for cocktails, because, in my personal opinion a trip to London isn’t complete without partaking in Happy Hour.
A few cocktails in, I ordered a martini that was garnished with chillies. Reece didn’t believe I would eat them, so naturally, I did. And they were HOT! Way too hot for me to handle. You would think after that experience I wouldn’t do the exact same thing the next day, but I’d already faced Nicole’s chilli challenge so I figured I was now immune to chillies and went in for round 2 whilst out for a meal. And now every time I see a chilli I’ll probably do it again and again until I die.
Above are just some silly, light-hearted examples, but joking aside, at some point in life someone unexpected may criticise you. It could be someone you really respect at work, a family member, or it could be your best friend, who you’re shocked to hear has such low expectations of you. When it’s someone who means a lot to you it can be a real kick in the teeth, but if you take that criticism, turn it into a challenge and work at proving them wrong, then you’ll be a better person for it!
Just take a leaf out of Barney Stinson’s book.
Have you ever been spurred on to do something after someone told you that you couldn’t?
I’d love to hear your stories, please feel free to share them in the comments!