Just do it anyway – even if you are not in the mood

It is coming up to the end of the school term

And in my household that means my sons have a MOUNTAIN of assignments to do.

In order to get them done they have to put in a lot of effort in a short period of time.

They have no choice — the work has to be done.

They try to get out of it.

They tell me they are not in the mood.

But what kid is ever in the mood for homework??

So I tell them, “You don’t need to be in the mood – you just need to get it done!”

A principle I know that I need to apply to myself just as much.

Because it is all too easy to let things slide, right?

To put things off because you “don’t feel like it today”.

But the problem is,

that if you don’t get on with things despite sometimes ambivalent feelings,

your goals and dreams can start to slip away.

Success in life takes a level of discipline.

The discipline to do things you don’t necessarily want to do in the moment.

It means doing things despite not always being “in the mood”.

In spite of not feeling inspired, or motivated.

It means sometimes looking past short term comfort to focus on long term gain.

Sometimes you just have to get on and do it.

Push past the negative impulses holding you back and get the job done.

There are many mornings I don’t feel like getting up and going for a run

– but I force myself to put on my running shoes and get out the door.

And, I always feel better for it.

There are many days when I don’t feel like showing up for work and completing the tasks I set myself – but I just knuckle down.

Because I know that my feelings are fleeting,

While the results I am looking for in my life are long term.

So I don’t let them waylay me.

I am not sure if my sons buy into my logic yet.

The teenage brain is not known for its future focus.

But they will get there.

And in the mean time I will keep pushing them along.

How about you? Do you have a tendency to put things off and procrastinate when you are not “in the mood”?

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