Winter is a time of cold death but that doesn’t mean you have to be a part of that, nor your goals and motivation. If you live in the cold North as I do, you know all too well how easy it is to relax and become lazy in this snowy months.
The trick to remaining motivated in the Winter is embracing it. Embrace the cold, the snow, every ounce of sleet and frozen earth as a challenge you have to overcome. Embrace it as a period of renewal and reflection. Emulate Winter in your heart.
Winter is a time for the earth to rest, to renew, to let the seeds and bulbs of plants and trees spread in Autumn to get ready for growth in the Spring. Let this be a period of germination in your heart and soul.
For me, the cold is just another challenge on my way to what I want to be, who I want to be. Instead of dreading it, I am letting it be an obstacle that I can overcome. I’m doing this by running to Karate class and home thereafter. It’s a mere mile to my school, but it’s a great way to warm up, a great way to push myself, and a great way to get me out of my comfort zone and into the challenge zone. The comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.
Overall, Winter is an incredible opportunity for you to do just the same as I have, to get out of your comfort zone. Adversity promotes growth. Just don’t let the stresses of Winter go from eustress to distress. Take it for its merits, but don’t do anything that will put you in danger or something you’re not prepared to fully handle.
Wake up early, start a new routine, exercise, take a new class, and don’t forget reward yourself for the extra effort you’re putting in during these cold times. Watch as snow flakes fall gently to the ground. Emulate that. Be that serenity. Watch as a blizzard overtakes your town. Emulate that. Bring that storm into your heart.