At Reva Wear we’re inspired by you and your voice. We’ve decided to feature individuals whose voice has made an impact on us and an impact on the people around them on our blog, with their words, their stories, and their journey to keep always moving.
Today we’d love to introduce you to "sweat and style" blogger Jamaica King of rarax3 whose pursuit of happiness has led her to many great places around the world. This is the first installment of three posts from Jamaica so be sure to check back soon for the next post!
We all have those days when we lack the motivation to do anything and as a result, we tend to procrastinate or slack off. That’s pretty much the story of my entire Thanksgiving week. I did a whole lot of nothing. Minus holiday obligations, I attended one of three scheduled music shows and didn’t commit to my run schedule... just to name a few. I couldn’t bring myself to do anything that I wanted to do because I felt I needed some sort of motivation. Ironic enough, I wasn’t even trying to look for this said motivation.
So I turned to one of my favorite bloggers, Mark Manson, who couldn’t have said it any better: “Action isn’t just the effect of motivation, but also the cause of it.” His “Do Something” Principle states that you can find motivation by doing anything and using that emotional result to inspire more action.
I’ve stored Mark’s principle in my back pocket for times like this when I have no desire to do anything. I could have easily confined myself within my apartment for an entire week without stepping outside, skip anything and everything I planned or binge Netflix all day. Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes downtime should be your action. But in my case, I needed this week to reboot my training for LA Marathon (which by the way is only 11 weeks out) and get a headstart on some future projects.
Each day, I would dig deep inside to find any bit of reason to do anything not necessarily related to the task at hand. I knew the only way I would eventually find motivation was to do something, anything. I made it my goal to always keep moving. Something as simple as taking a shower, reading an article or walking out the door can inspire motivation. And that’s exactly what I did.
One Saturday morning, I woke up feeling uninspired and entirely unmotivated. I wanted to curl up in a ball and lay in bed all day, but instead I forced my first action. I rolled out of bed and hopped in the shower. A bit later, I found myself walking out the door and on my way to the Palisades Park in Santa Monica. There I met up with a friend who shot candids of me as I sat on a tree, looked out onto horizon, people watched and enjoyed the sunshine. It was a much needed backyard escape and because of this action, I was able to find the motivation to attend that one of three music shows. This is one very specific example but I generally apply this principle to anything especially when it comes to my workout routines. With 3x cross-training and 5x running a week for LA Marathon, I could use all the motivation I can get.
Remember, action inspires motivation which in turn inspires more action. When you can’t bring yourself to just do it, do something else - anything really. Always keep moving.