You really don’t have any excuses, so do yourself a favor and at least give it a try. This is what I tell myself on the daily. This is what I told myself this morning when I had been ill the entire night and didn’t feel like getting up early to do my morning cardio, and this is what I told myself right now as I attempt to write this article. Once we overthink we get slow, and once we get slow we get passed.
Whether we should care about getting passed is an entirely different question, but I believe we should care to a certain degree. When we begin to miss out on our opportunities by hugging our excuses, we should care not care about getting passed and not gaining as many material things as the people who pass us, but we should care about getting passed and not gaining as much fulfillment as the persons who pass us. I don’t want to get passed and miss out on fulfillment, so I get up even though I’m ill and I get done what I can. I do my best, I try. I would rather commit to a plan B than give up on all my plans and half of a solution is better than no solution at all. When I try, i feel fulfillment.
Whether you achieve your goal or not for the day, week, month or whatever, trying to achieve that goal is just a big of an achievement in and of itself and this is what I realized. I realized, that when I fail to even try I feel the opposite of fulfillment, I feel a sense of emptiness. What is even worse, is that I know I missed out on an opportunity to learn from the possible mistakes I could have made. How are we to learn if we do not even try in the first place? I got up this morning at 5.30 am having slept around three hours because of being ill all throughout the night and the last thing I wanted to do was get up to do 20 minutes of intervals on the treadmill. But I did make the choice to get up. Did I feel like it? Hell no. My whole body was aching, my nose was blocked and my head was hurting bad. What I decided to do was at least try because I know how extremely important it is for me to maintain a routine. I got up and I committed to doing what I could.
Before I went in I committed to doing 10 minutes and that’s what I got done exactly. I can tell you this, I left the gym feeling a hell of a lot more fulfilled than I knew I would have if I had just stayed in and broken my daily routine. We can’t always do everything, but we can always do ourselves the favor to at least do something. There are no excuses to not doing something you don’t feel like and there are REALLY no excuses to not even giving it a try. I am a big proponent of just doing and not thinking and I know myself to be one to quickly quit something if I just begin to give it one single thought. One thought quickly becomes two, then three and before we know it, a thought that started as a small snowball has rolled down the hill and become so big and unstoppable that our plans end up run over by it. A negative thought seldom comes alone.
As the former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink says it, just shut your mind of once in – when it comes to facing a challenge that I don’t want to face, I work on getting better on this every single day, and so should you. If you want to hear more on this subject, check out my podcast on “just doing it” below:
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