Tomorrow is a big day for you. You are going to do that something that you have been meaning to do for a while but just never “had the time” to do it. It has occupied your mind, yet procrastination gets the best of you day in and day out. You tell yourself you are going to do that one thing, then time comes…..and it doesn’t get done. You put it off for another day, another time. Sound familiar?
I am very familiar with this, and I’m sure plenty of us are, which is nothing to be ashamed of. Just look at it as something to work on, some more room for improvement.
The famous line, “I don’t feel like..” pops in our mind, which gives us a perfect excuse to put whatever it may be off. Maybe it does not even matter if we did that one thing or not, but that is besides the point. The point is that we are going against our own self when we do this. We have a conflict of interest between our body and mind, which is something we should try to avoid.
So, what is our biggest challenge?
Actually sticking to what we say we are going to do. If we say we are going to do something or think about doing something, then we should make our most honest attempt to accomplish it.
Will we follow through every time?
I’m going to be honest and say we probably will not follow through each time. There will be times when we put some things off. But with that said, there follows yet another challenge….
Challenge yourself to do more than you do not.
When it comes to limits, refuse to limit yourself to what you can do, yet be sure to limit yourself to what you do not do.
It can be something as simple as following through on a phone call, starting to exercise, continuing to exercise, taking those extra reps at practice, or even taking your dog out for a walk. Like the famous Nike quote says, “Just Do It.”
Here is something to try:
Each time you catch yourself either saying the phrase or thinking, “I don’t feel like,” be sure to STOP and GO do whatever it may be at that time. If you have time to think about not doing it, you certainly have time to actually do it.
I know it is hard, but do not let that deter you. I know we will fight with ourselves, and sometimes we will lose, but once again, that is not the point. The point is to recognize the fight, and be proud that we are making the attempt, because not everyone makes the attempt.
Make it one of your daily goals to use the phrase, “I don’t feel like” as a way of helping yourself become more proactive. Take this negative phrase and make it a positive! It serves as a way of testing your mind, and battling a daily challenge.
One thing we have to do everyday is challenge our mind, and challenge who we are by becoming more of a doer. A doer fails to believe in the saying, “I don’t feel like.” A doer is the one who makes a difference when a difference is needed. A doer is the one who starts a trend, takes a step outside the box, and pushes limits on a daily basis.
Each time the “I don’t feel like” thought pops in your head, go do what it is that you don’t feel like doing.
Test yourself, test your mind.
Some of us realize we would like to start doing more, yet we struggle to actually make the change. Why is this a struggle?
Well, simply because it’s the action part that scares us away. It is much easier to have the thought than to actually take the action. What we must try to do is turn that thought into action. Make our thoughts lead us towards action as opposed to away from action.
Others fail to ever become a doer and their days pass them by faster than one can imagine. My challenge to myself and to all of us is to take steps toward doing more. It does not have to be a big step, because remember that slow progress is better than no progress.
You may ask, “Where do I even start?”
Just like the article last week titled “Paint your Picture” says, we must start small. Maybe you “don’t feel like” taking out the trash or going get an extra bag out of your car because you are not in need of it at the very moment. Or you “don’t feel like” cleaning your room, doing the laundry, or going check the mail at the moment for whatever reason. Whatever it is, go do it. Make it a habit to do things you “don’t feel like” doing. These small steps will eventually begin to turn into bigger steps.
By doing this, you are growing as a person by teaching your mind to become proactive. A proactive person is one that accomplishes not only his dreams, but helps others accomplish their dreams as well.
I came across a quote said by Micheal J. Fox that suites this article perfectly. He said,
“I like to encourage people to realize that any action is a good action if it’s proactive and there is positive intent behind it.“
Start now. Be positive and take action. The next time you catch yourself saying “I don’t feel like…” make sure you go do it.
One of two things will happen.
Either you will stop saying that you don’t feel like doing things, or you will start doing more; either way, you are allowing yourself to grow and take steps that others believe are too big to be made.
No step is too big to be made, just as no step is tiny enough to be passed over. Each step you take should have a meaning behind it. Your steps should be focused on moving forward, only looking back to learn from past mistakes. Confront yourself and who you are.
Thank you for reading, and I hope we all have a great day.
You can do it. We can do it.
Think Positive. Be Proactive.
Think Positive. Live Positive.