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Especially when I don’t want to.

I’ve been practicing doing things especially when I don’t want to.

For me, this has looked like doing my workout even when I’m dead tired. 

It’s been choosing not to have a late-night dessert buffet even when I believe I really deserve it.

It has meant working on my coaching practice even when Netflix is calling.

It’s been saying no to people so that I can have more quality time with my family.

With each and every one of these examples from my life, I fight with myself.

My brain tries to justify all of it.

I have to be really forceful and remind myself of all the reasons why I actually do want to do the things that I said I would.

The reason we often don’t stick to our plans is that when something feels uncomfortable our brains think that something is wrong. 

When we believe something is wrong we immediately want to fix it. 

The fixes my brain offers me are of course skipping the workout, saying yes to please others when I don’t want to do the thing, having ice cream and brownies before bed, and watching the newest Hallmark Christmas movie.

Every single time I think I have ‘fixed’ a problem I end up creating more for myself.

When I don’t take care of my body I have less energy and strength.

When I don’t get my work done I indulge in overwhelm and worry.

When I am spending time away from my family trying to make other people happy I harbor frustration and resentment.

Not wanting to do something at the moment that I have planned has become a big RED flag for me. It’s my cue to just feel uncomfortable while doing the thing anyway.

As I have experimented with this, something amazing and unexpected has happened in my life.

My self-confidence has skyrocketed.

When you start actually doing the things that you said you would more confidence comes to you as a result.

More confidence is not uncomfortable at all, it’s actually pretty awesome!

What’s the one thing in your life that you easily justify not doing at the moment? 

This week start doing it anyway.

You will not be disappointed that you did!

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