I am, as many are, all too guilty of not taking my own sage advice. There are days when, despite every good intention, aches, pains, tedium, circumstances and many other influences result in my thinking, “What’s the point?” I suspect this post will get two reads on LinkedIn.
Yet – here it is.
You see, the difference between ‘What’s the point’ and ‘here it is’ is measured precisely by the time it takes to stop thinking negatively, and start taking action towards execution on the plan.
So it isn’t so much the anticipated ‘bother’ that’s stops us from taking action. It’s a failure to recognise and utilise that moment productively. If, in that moment, we decide to be better (as implied in my last post), then the action flows.
Unless we re-consider that decision.
Oh, and don’t we? I know I do. The mental effort that goes into deciding whether or not or whether or not and repeat, in relation to something I have committed to do (even if only to myself), uses up many a calorie.
Tony Robbins, personal development advocate par excellence suggests that one of the biggest influences on how we move from decision to action (and stop the routine protocol ‘decision-reconsideration-inaction’) id the emotional and/or physical state we are in when that decision is being made.
If we are happy, positive, healthy and fit, then the chances of our taking positive action towards progression of our goals is very high, indeed. Everything is a breeze, completed with a sense of flow. Lovely.
But when we are tired, ill, unfit, or plain old fed up, the chances are we’ll not do anything at all. And feeling like that is a reality for many of us, much of the time. I know I am having physical issues that are affecting my ability (or willingness, or both) to get out on my bike.
And that, folks, is when the battle is won or lost. Overcoming those negative states of being is a discipline, and it is a discipline that serves us. And it serves us well. But it’s a drag.
I’ll repeat a quote I believe I have used before, one of a US Navy SEAL trainer. It’s the counter to the negative mental and physical obstacle to achieving what it is you want to achieve. Just for today. (and again tomorrow and the next day, but today – for now.)
EMBRACE THE SUCK
Yes, how you feel means that what you don’t want to do, sucks.
But your progress depends on how much suck you can embrace.
It sucks that so few people seem to read and comment on these posts.
Well, that’s okay. Their loss. I’m getting something from it.
I’m getting better.