Midweek Motivation is a weekly episode featuring the wisdom and stories of host Tommy Cakes. This episode of Midweek Motivation is all about adding fun to get stuff done (fun to done). Many of us set goals and resolutions, only to fall apart or abandon them on Day 2. Why is that? Maybe the problem is that you relate your goals to dreadful toil and bloodletting instead of enjoying the process and having some fun! In case you are having trouble understanding the audio file, the following is a translation of the audio file from host Tommy Cakes.
Who is Tommy Cakes?
Live on the Small Scale Life Podcast, it is Midweek Motivation featuring Tommy Cakes.
Hey, how are you? I am Tommy Cakes. Who am I? I’m a guy from someplace, friends with some people and doing some things. Don’t worry about it!
What I can tell you is that I am in the import and export business.
- I import knowledge
- I export that information at premium prices!
I will give you a little coastal cosmopolitan insight and motivation weekly on Small Scale Life
Introduction – Fun to Done
This is a Late Week Motivation this week. What can I say? Business has been good and keeping Tommy Cakes on the run. This is a good thing: it means more stuff is happening and Tommy is getting paid! Fortunately, I have some time to relax before I go to the lounge, so I am going to get this done for you!
Many of us set lofty goals and resolutions with the best intentions. We dream big and then make grand announcements to all of our family and friends. We say things like, “This time is different; I am ready. This is my chance to change! My goal is X!”
We see this all the time at the start of a new year. As we talked about in Episode 13, we concoct all kinds of goals and resolutions, and by the end of January, 64% of us have stopped trying. By March 1st, 80% of us have dropped off. Haven’t you noticed it at the gym, pool or in the sauna recently? There are a lot less waiting for a machine, a lane or bench space for the gun show to begin.
Why is that?
Goals and Resolutions Don’t Work
We have the best intentions when we start with our big goal and resolutions. We don’t intend to fail. We want change, but then something happens.
Psychologically, we associate goals and resolutions with pain, misery and drudgery. Who wants to be miserable eating kale when you can have some fantastic lasagna, red wine and cannoli?
We see this with people trying to lose weight. They set a goal, and then they think the quickest way to get to done is to start running, yet they can hardly walk around the block. After two days of jogging, they are so sore they can’t even move! This destroys motivation, and then the poor person gives up. Kevin Geary talked about this in an interview here on Small Scale Life. Michael Bell also talked about this during his discussion about fitness and weight lifting in Season 2, Episode 25.
Midweek Motivation: Fun to Done
Instead of pushing a massive bolder up a steep hill, we all need to rethink our goals and resolutions and inject the fun to done mentality into our everyday lives. Why not? The project or work needs to get done somehow!
- Instead of eating boring kale or broccoli, why not add a little butter to it?
- Instead of running or jogging, why not go for a hike in a beautiful place or walk with your spouse or the dog? Notice I did not equate the two!
- Instead of swimming laps in a pool, why not swim with your kids in a pool or in a lake?
- Instead of working out in a stale, sweaty gym, why not work in the garden or yard?
Inject the fun to done mentality into your goals and resolutions. Make it an adventure or a journey. Stop making it a miserable marathon of sweat, blood and tears. Identify something you like to do and incorporate your goals into that activity. You might find that you get things done AND have some fun while doing it. After all, how do you think Tommy Cakes got on the air in the first place?
That’s all I got this week. Add some fun into your lives! This is Tommy Cakes, and I’ll see you next week! Bada boom, bada bing!
“Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done”
This episode was inspired by author Jon Acuff in his book “Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done.” As a person who has “squirrel syndrome,” which is a trait of ENFP personality types, I have found that adding some fun into my work and my goals has helped me accomplish so many more things. Why? Because those fun things are so much more enjoyable to do and complete!
Not everything is going to be fun. Taxes are boring, painting a room is tedious and filing reports is downright dull. However, you can overcome that and get things done.
In the book (particularly Chapter 4), Jon Acuff has some great techniques for getting projects done and goals achieved. I recommend you listen or read his book today! It is actually a fun read! Get after it, and add fun to done to your life!
Special Thanks from Tommy Cakes
Also I would like to thank Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) for the “Kool Kats” theme music. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/.
Badda boom, badda bing! Dat’s how we do it!