This morning, I deadlifted.
No part of me wanted to deadlift. I had done a HIIT workout the day before, ran 3 miles, and was sore.
But I did it anyways.
It got me thinking, “What part of me does these things when I really don’t want to?”
Why You Don’t Do Things
- People wait until they “feel” like doing something. Somewhere along the way, we’ve all bought into the idea — without consciously realizing it — that to be motivated and effective we need to feel like we want to take action. Yes, on some level you need to be committed to what you are doing — you need to want to see the project finished, or get healthier, or get an earlier start to your day. But you don’t need to feel like doing it. The solution: just do it.
- Fear of failure. The unknown is fear of the things you can’t control. Focus on what you can control.
- It’s hard. No one really wants to work. We all would rather spend out days, lying by the pool or reading a good book with a cat on our lap. Instead, set a deadline. If “such-and-such” happens, then I’ll….
- Perfectionist. You have to fail and learn from your mistakes; waiting for the perfect moment will never happen.
- Comparison. Stop comparing yourself to others. There will always be someone better than you. Let go of that fact and just do it anyways.
- Stuck in a rut. We’ve all been there — the same ol’ every day. What has to change is the same ‘ol. Switch it up to get a new routine going.
- Lack of planning. You must plan out your time or time will plan you, and before you know it, your life is over.
- Seeking validation. Who cares what others think? Just keep moving.
Push through your mental blocks to accomplish your dreams; no one else will accomplish them for you.