Just reached my morning goal, two miles on the treadmill. Yea!!
It’s important that I pause a few seconds to applaud myself -“Way to go, Doug! Good job!” Especially with ADD or ADHD.
Why? Because that’s positive reinforcement for doing that. And it makes me feel good about myself, which makes it easier to do the other things I need to do today. And the next time it’s time to do the treadmill, I’ll have this positive experience associated with the idea, and it will be easier to get myself to do it, to start and to finish, too.
If I don’t pause for applause after each accomplishment, then life can seem like an unending string of unpleasant chores, sprinkled with failures. That does not motivate me to do anything!
And what if I hadn’t reached my goal, what if I had pooped out at a mile and a half? Then I would need to be gentle with myself and congratulate myself for effort, for trying. For the same reasons, so I feel better going ahead with the day and so it will easier next time i need to get on ‘ the treadmill, it won’t carry this pall of ‘failure’ with it.
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