Six Words That Can Sabotage You

January 31, 2019

Do you often have the best of intentions when it comes to accomplishing your goals or your to-do list, but when the time comes to actually DO it, it rarely gets done? 



"I thought about cleaning the bathroom..."


"I was going to get some exercise this afternoon..."


"I had every intention of waking up early this morning..."


"I was going to plan a dinner menu for the week after the kids went to bed..."


Why, when the time comes, is it so hard to actually DO what we planned to do?


There are six words that I believe sabotage many of the goals and good intentions that we plan for ourselves:


"I just don't feel like it."


The question I ask myself is this:


What makes me think I need to "feel like it" in order to actually do it?


Because, guess what? 


When my alarm goes off early in the morning, 


I never feel like exercising.


When the kids go to bed, 


the only thing I feel like is binge-watching Netflix or going to bed myself.


Meal planning sounds like the worst idea ever. 


I never feel like writing when it's time to write. 



But guess what? 


I've learned that you absolutely don't have to feel like doing something in order to do it. 


People who accomplish their to-do lists and goals do it anyway. 


Whether they feel like it or not. 


So think about a goal that you want to accomplish.


And imagine that you won't feel like accomplishing it when the time comes tomorrow to get it done. 


What thoughts are you going to need to think in order to get going on your goals?


Here are a few of my favorites:


'I want to be the kind of person who keeps commitments to myself, so I'm getting started.'


'How can I make this fun?'


'I won't regret tackling this, but I'm pretty sure I'll regret not doing it.'


'I'm just going to get started. Getting started is the hardest part.'


What thoughts help you get things done when you just don't feel like it?




For a motivating TED Talk on overcoming "I just don't feel like it" syndrome, watch this video by Mel Robbins. 

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