One of the first sounds of my day today was an excited screaming voice memo from a client who is now credit card debt free. I was as excited as she was and it made me pause and think…
Paying off debt isn’t fun for most people.
Yes. Paying off debt isn’t fun. Most people wouldn’t consider the run I went on this morning fun either.
But my rule is to make it fun! In my book, Put Your Big Girl Panties On, I specifically talk about this with your workout. The most important rule is that you enjoy it. If you don’t, you won’t stick to it and it can have negative effects for your fitness. I even talk about ways to make laundry fun. It’s just the way I think.
Deciding to have fun is a choice. It’s an action. You can make anything fun. Likewise, in your mind, you can decide you’re not going to have fun. And then you know what? You don’t have any fun.
If you can look at it through a different lens, you can purposefully turn up the fun. Many times we think that AFTER we finish something, that’s the time we can have fun. But you don’t have to wait. You don’t have to wait UNTIL you’re debt free to have fun. You don’t have to wait UNTIL you’ve lost weight to have fun. You don’t have to wait UNTIL your home is in order to have fun. You don’t have to wait UNTIL the semester is over to have fun.
What we want is a life where we have fun DURING THE JOURNEY. Everytime you pay off a little debt, do a little dance, make a little love and get down that night. Every workout, play your favorite music, dress in cute clothes and do an activity you love. Every meal you eat, have something that makes you smile for it’s natural goodness. Celebrate every shelf or drawer you organize and make pretty. Go to Starbucks or the beach to study, get pretty highlighters and notebooks. Do whatever you can do to make the JOURNEY fun.
It’s kind of like how I got a glass of wine on the airplane on the way to Las Vegas. This was going to be my first vacation with my husband alone since having kids. In fact, it was going to be my first vacation ever. And my first time in Vegas. I didn’t have to wait until I got there to have fun. NOPE. I settled in that seat, ordered the wine and had SO much fun for an hour.
It’s also the way I coach. We’re going to make this fun. Whatever it is, you’re going to enjoy it. You’re going to enjoy our time together and you’ll even enjoy the task at hand. Life is too short to not have fun!
So, here is your challenge:
I want you to think this thought & act out the answer today at least three times:
How can I make this more fun?
So, you’re doing laundry: How can I make this more fun?
You’re cooking dinner: How can I make this more fun?
You’re driving home from work: How can I make this more fun?
You’re doing taxes: How can I make this more fun?
I have a reminder set on my phone that asks this very question every morning at 10am. Here are some ways I make things more fun:
- Get organized
- Lists (I’m a nerd)
- Racing/Challenging myself/others
- Talk on the phone with a friend while __
- Listen to a podcast
- Countdown calendar/timer
- Make it more beautiful
- Track progress
- Celebrate success
How about you? What can you do to make things more fun today? Trust me, you deserve it!