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Cheesehead Chatter: Motivation leads to success

I discovered another form of motivation as well. When I run on a treadmill I can bring my tablet and watch Netflix while I work out. Does that make me sound like a lazy millennial? It probably does, but how lazy can I be if I'm exercising? PineandLakes.com Illustration

I started my New Year's resolution a little early this year. Last week I got a gym membership.

I used to be an avid runner, but lately I haven't had the motivation to go out and run on a regular basis, especially with the increasingly cold weather and early darkness each day. I had been getting an itch to get out and get moving recently though, and I decided that all I needed was a little motivation. I figured that paying for a gym membership would make me actually use it. So far so good.

And after having gone for a few days, I discovered another form of motivation as well. When I run on a treadmill I can bring my tablet and watch Netflix while I work out. Does that make me sound like a lazy millennial? It probably does, but how lazy can I be if I'm exercising?

I'm using Netflix as a motivator. Each day I go to the gym, I turn on one of my favorite shows and enjoy it as I run.

The motivator, though, is that I don't allow myself to watch this particular show unless I'm at the gym. So if I get especially engrossed in it, I either have to keep running or make myself come back the next day to pick up where I left off. It's only been five days (as I write this column), but it's been working so far.

The last motivator I have to keep me going to the gym is myself. It's the fact that I'm doing something for me and not because anyone else told me too. I take pride in being able to run farther than I could a couple weeks ago. I'm proud of myself for using some weight machines, even though I'm incredibly self-conscious on that front.

Knowing that I'm bettering myself because I want to motivates me to keep going. (And not feeling guilty while eating junk food anymore is another great perk.)

I'm writing on this topic now, not only because it's timely for me, but because the year is coming to an end, which means New Year's resolutions are going to start popping up.

Last year around this time, I wrote about how people shouldn't wait until the new year to make a change or start something new and how those tackling New Year's resolutions are often in the wrong mindset, thinking that whatever they're setting out to accomplish is going to be difficult and unpleasant.

But I don't want to discourage people from making New Year's resolutions or from trying to better their lives. This year, I'm just going to suggest that anytime you start something new - whether it's a New Year's resolution or a goal for any other time of the year - the key is to find a good motivator. Find something that keeps you going. Find something that makes you WANT to keep going.

For me, it's Netflix, junk food and a happier self. What will it be for you?

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