“I don’t feel like exercising”, “I don’t feel like doing the dishes”, “I don’t feel like changing my eating habits”. Does any of this sound familiar? I didn’t realize how much this type of thinking was on autopilot driving my decisions to take action or to not take action.
I made the commitment to my 1-3-3-1 + fiber plan and part of that plan includes going to the gym each day for at least an hour. Both days this week I almost didn’t go because I didn’t “feel” like going. The interesting thing I noted was that each day after I made the decision to do it any way shortly afterwards I felt like it.
Likewise when I prepare my lunch and water the night before it makes for a hassle-free morning. Again, I noticed myself saying “I don’t feel like it, I will do it in the morning”. Knowing that waiting until the next morning would only make for a more stressful and harried morning.
Then the following thought came to me….. “Important things should never be at the mercy of my feelings.” And what if the feeling never comes to want to do it? When I looked at my apartment I saw evidence of the feeling never coming in certain areas. When I look at my body image, all the days I succumbed to my feelings of not wanting to exercise are showing in my results.
When I looked at the goals I set for 2014, I certainly see tell tale signs of the feeling that never came. I can not continue to allow my feelings to dictate when and if I take action. Therefore, I have made the conscious decision to catch myself in the act and when I catch myself saying “I don’t feel like ______”, I will take possession of my mind and do it anyway because I know the stopping is in the starting and there is no time like the present.
I also know from experience, that once I get started the mood will come. Old ways won’t open new doors. Thus, I will take a new way into 2015 with me and open new doors. I invite you to do the same and stop allowing important things be at the mercy of your feelings. Happy New Year!
Wishing you a productive and prosperous new year,