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Getting Over the Hump

Posted on March 06 2017


I love working out. Sometimes it’s the highlight of my day. Other times, it’s the last thing I want to do.

But strangely enough, I go on these days anyways. And almost every time something even stranger happens – after about fifteen minutes in the gym, all I want to do is a workout. I have to get over my hump.

Your hump is your point of zero motivation. It’s the feeling you have when your alarm clock goes off at 6 a.m. the first day of school.

My hump varies, but I’d say it’s usually between 10-20 minutes. In other words, if I can survive the first 10-20 minutes of something I can continue doing it for a LONG time. Yesterday I went to the gym with absolutely no motivation. Everything inside of me wanted to call it a “rest” day and head home. But I knew it was just my hump talking. With this in mind, I went over to the squat rack and blasted out 5 sets of heavy squats. All of the sudden, everything changed. A simple 15-minute commitment cranked my motivation to full throttle.

That’s how life works. When you’ve got a big hairy project or task in front of you, one of the best ways to get motivated is to just start. Stop making big commitments – just tell yourself you’ll put 10 minutes into something. The funny thing you will find is that 10 minutes rather quickly turns into 2 hours.


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