Don’t Feel, Just Do It
Stop expecting that things are going to be easy and that you’re going to feel like doing them. Get over the fact that you “feel like” doing particular tasks. Just because you don’t feel like it or because it’s not easy doesn’t mean that now is not the time to tackle the task. Successful people do things because the tasks need to be done, not because they feel like it. I don’t feel like wiping my child’s bum most days, but I do it anyway.
There are many nights when I don’t feel like working out. I tend to work out at night after the kids are in bed. Sometimes it’s at 12:30 am after I’ve had a full day with the kids and worked for a few hours after they’re in bed. I have a few basic pieces of equipment, and I have a few exercise routine options that vary in length from 20 minutes to an hour. This is what I have set up so that exercise is always easy and accessible. It’s what works for me. There are certainly nights when I would much rather fall into bed, or have a glass of wine, or have a bubble bath. However, I stop myself from even thinking about the things I would rather do because it’s not important. I have committed that my health is a priority, so the thing to do is exercise regularly. That’s it. That’s all. I head downstairs and begin my workout even though I don’t feel like it.
What makes things hard is all the energy we put into telling ourselves and others how hard it is and how much we don’t want to do something. If you saved a dog from a burning building, I don’t think the person interviewing you for your heroism would focus on how hard you thought it was going to be before you ran into the burning building, or whether you felt like doing it or not. There are some things in life that we just do. And the more that we take on in life without indulging in our feelings, the drama, and our resistance, the more things get done because they’re what need to get done.
- Art by ‘Yours Truly, Art‘