I was lying in bed this morning at 5:30, wishing I still knew how to sleep until 7:00. Sigh, those days are gone.
At 6:30, I was resisting what I knew I must do. Get up, put both feet on the floor, grab the dog, and go running.
I did not want to run.
I wanted to lie in my cozy bed and continue to enjoy these last fleeting weeks of August. (Remember last week's missive on the discomfort and lack of motivation that exists in the weird in-between liminal space of August? Yep. Still there.)
What did I do? Wait for it...I pulled my butt out of bed, leashed the pooch, and headed out.
Here’s the point:
Sometimes you don’t want to do things.
Too bad. Wah. Wah. Wah. (Pity party complete).
You do them anyway. Here’s how:
- Discipline: You don’t have to wait until you want to go running. Just drop the drama and resistance, put on your shoes, and head out the door. You don’t have to feel THE THING. You just have to take the first step in THE THING.
- Stay connected to your bigger why: I run because it unclogs my channels, clears my thinking for the day, and makes my body feel clean inside. I’m smarter and more fun when I run (just ask my kids). What’s the bigger reason you do your THING?
- Look to the future: I know I’ll be done by 7:30. Pick a point in the near future and look back at your completed task. You get to borrow gratification and feel satisfied before you even start.
That’s it. Easy, peasy lemon squeezy for your August liminal-ness.
What’s THE THING you need to do and have been waiting until you feel like it?
Take your first step and get going. Then hit reply and tell me all about it.
I hope this helps.
P.S. If you want or someone you know wants help to find your thing or to get your butt out of bed to do your thing, feel free to sign up for a complimentary session with me here.