I have received this question from a reader:
“How do you deal with not feeling like doing something you should be doing?”
This is a common issue these days. You know you should be doing something – even for your own improvement and goals – but somehow you don’t feel like doing it and end up procrastinating and doing something else, whether it’s youtube videos or texting with friends.
There are two points for this answer:
The first is that you should analyze your goals and objectives. Do they still reflect what you want? Do you still have a big desire to achieve them?
Sometimes we may need to establish the right goals or do it with the right motivation. Just like: “I want to make 10 billion dollars” without having the slightest idea of what exactly that is.
So, we often need to re-analyze our objectives.
Are they still in line with what you are? Are they still aligned with your Will? Do you still see them as realistic for your situation and your personality?
All these questions are essential to be asked.
The second point we need to consider is that we shouldn’t expect to feel like doing something. We shouldn’t expect the muse to strike and get inspired every day. Somedays, you’ll be quite inspired, but most days, you won’t and you just need to do what needs to be done.
As that famous William Faulkner quote: “I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.”
Do you think any famous writers are inspired to write every single day? Of course not. Yet, they sit down and write.
Do you think any of the worldwide famous athletes are “in the mood” to train every single day? Of course not; some days, they will be tired, and other days they would undoubtedly prefer to stay another hour in bed or hang out with their friends, yet they know what’s important and do what needs to be done.
The same thing with any other true professional. They do what needs to be done. No whining, no complaints. Just do the work whether you “feel like it” or not.
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