You need to convince yourself to see something positive in doing the mundane and tedious.
You can accomplish this cheerier mindset by using these 5 reframing tools – which are each popular and effective NLP tools.
The other morning my two and half year old son Ari was not up for his morning bath!
“Let’s take a bath!” I said as enthusiastically as I could.
But my words just didn’t have enough “Wow! Yes! Let’s!” energy to motivate him!
So – what’s a motivational author mommy to do?
I thought about the words I was using – and reframed them as something more fun!
“Let’s take a bubble bath with lots of bubbles!” I said with a peppiness that got his attention.
He perked up!
Then I added: “Let’s go swimming in the tub – with lots of bubbles!”
Now …how can YOU apply this reframing technique to your own life?
You can teach yourself to re-think and reframe the experiences and habits you don’t want to do – and start to see these experiences and habits as something positive and fun.
I reframed thing that I might presently be avoiding – by focusing on the positive results, and created a playfulness aspect of doing the habit.
Ask yourself: What do I want? What am I pursuing? Refocus on the positive end benefits – and stop thinking about the pain and the struggle.
Imagine that an outcome you want is already true – and feel the joy of accomplishment in your body, mind, spirit. When you pretend “as if” your desired goal is already happening and presently in reality …well, you then enter into a more open mindset to do the task at hand..
Ask yourself: What would it feel like for me if I achieved the final outcome of what I want? Feel the joy of the outcome throughout your mind, body, spirit. Then go do what you gotta do!
Often people procrastinate until it’s the last minute to do something. Basically, when there’s a deadline you need to urgently meet, suddenly motivation magically increases.
With this in mind, try using a reframing tool in which you pretend like you have an urgency to do what you have to do.
You can do this by making it a game – and challenging yourself to accomplish some aspect of the task within 10 minutes – like a beat the clock kind of game!
Or you can create a believable reason why you have a deadline to do the task at hand more immediately.
Basically, with a Time Reframe you need to convince yourself you need to take action right away -within a certain amount of time – for a real reason.
Think about someone you think is pretty awesome – someone you respect a great deal – and try to view the action you don’t want to do from their perspective.
Ask yourself: How would this person convince you to do the action? Why would this person themselves be able to do the action? How does this person view the action you need to take as important and beneficial?
Stop taking what you have to do so seriously! Reframe the action you need to take in a funny way – and even go so far as to make fun of yourself – so you can relax a little. In this calmer and more fun state of mind you will be more open to do what you gotta do.
I shared this article on my FB page – and here are some awesome messages from my community on Facebook – with their awesome reframing ideas.
When my kids were little I realized they don’t want me to tell them they have to take a bath. So I got out a clip board and paper and went to each one and said I have an available bath appointment at 6:30 or 7 – when would you like your appointment? Each one would happily pick a time – and happily took their bath when the clock said it was their appointment time. They loved deciding when!
Re-framing is so helpful! Bedtime used to be a disaster because I went into thinking “Ugh this is gonna stink!” I changed it to “Yes! Lets get this party started! It’s my last 45 minutes with my boys before I say goodnight for 12 hours! (Okay, 10 hours if I am lucky.) Let’s make it a great 45 minutes!” Works like a charm.
Oh, one of my favorites for my kids was back when I had a lot of trouble with picky eater (boys). I started naming food items gross names, like, my son would look at the onions in something and ask if there were onions in the soup (duh, you know there are because you are picking one out). I responded, “nope, those are pieces of witch skin” or something. We ate troll brains and dried up boogers and fingernails and worms and monkey guts and all sorts of things–the grosser the name the better – esp if they were the ones coming up with them.
I call my kids chore chart a responsibility chart – makes it sound more like they’re being treated like big kids/young adults. The more freedoms they want, the more responsibilities they take on!
I work as a Residential Cleaner and I get psyched by thinking of ‘cleaning’ as a great cardiovascular workout, or weight training. I reframe the more tedious tasks by playing ‘beat the clock’.
I make happy faces with at least one meal a day. Today was mini bran muffin eyes, strawberry nose, with a bananas smile.
Nobody was amused to remove the snow with an ordinary snow shovel… Sitting in the kitchen I asked loud and clear: ” I wonder if it’s possible to blow the snow away with our electric blower…” Immediately two sons run outside to try and to find other male friendly solutions.
I went to physio today to make my knee better! And I’m washing the kitchen windows so I can see the birds on the bird table better!
Today, as I was writing Board Minutes in my lawyer job, when all I wanted to do was play with my makeup company makeup, write my website and decide on photos to make my website look pretty. I reframed it as: “I’m so lucky to have a career that pays for my baby, Iridis Cosmetics, and that the sooner I finish my lawyer job, the sooner I can play with makeup again!” Boy did that spur me on!!!! Reframing is SUCH a key to success!
While my three children were growing up I would always reframe “homework” as home studies, world exploration and life improvement!
Dishes in the sink? Be grateful you have running water and plates on which to put any food you want on. In every moment there’s something to be thankul for.
I used to have an awful time with my son – waking him up. Now I turn the TV up full blast so he hears his favorite show.
Yay, I am excited about getting a shiny new permanent tooth today for a great smile! (Trying not to think about the dentist drill.)
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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.