On doing the work in spite of feelings

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I had a conversations yesterday with someone I don’t know well. I heard a litany of reasons why her business wasn’t where she wanted it to be. I just listened.

At the end she said “I guess it boils down to this: I know what to do, but I don’t always want to do it.” All I could say was “Then that’s the root of your problem. What would you like to do about it?” Of course the conversation went from there but I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

The fact is this. There is no easy button or shortcut. Whether you like it or not, the only way forward is to do the work! There won’t be any parents nagging you to get out of bed or show up. That’s your job – to push yourself to do what you don’t feel like doing.

The reality is you will be tired today, and you will be tired a year from now as well.

You may not “feel like it” today, and you won’t necessarily “feel like it” a year from now either.

If you wait to feel like it, you’re probably gonna be waiting a long time.

No matter how people motivate, believe, or support you, you still need to get up and do something. As soon as you face this fact your life will turn around. Benjamin Hardy said it well in his book, Willpower Doesn’t Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success

“The belief that you cannot change leads to a victim mentality. If you are determined by nature to be what you are, then there is nothing you can do about your lot in life. Conversely, the belief that you can change leads you to take responsibility for your life. You may have been born with certain constraints, but you can change those constraints, allowing yourself to improve and grow.” 

It’s true. When you are ready to take responsibility for your life is when things begin to change. Welcome to being an adult.