You'll never feel like doing what you need to do to be successful, but that shouldn't matter.
I didn't feel like writing this blog post. I didn't feel like going to the gym this morning either.
But I did anyway.
Because I knew that completing those tasks would help me improve myself, even if only in a small way.
Mel Robbins, one of my favorite speakers, shares that you're never going to feel motivated to do what you need to do, but you should do it anyway. She says that you probably won't feel super excited about completing those pesky continuous tasks that will lead you to success.
We're talking waking up early, working out, eating healthy, reading, writing.
While it's important to spend your time doing things you love, there are some important habits that you shouldn't sleep on. Even if the task is bothersome, if it's something that will make you feel better or help you become more skilled, it's worth it.
To actually put this concept into practice, everyone has their own style that works for them. Mel likes to use the 5 Second Rule, where you count down from 5 and then blast off and go do what you need to do. This technique has been transformational for so many people that she even wrote a book about it.
The most important part about this strategy is to begin the task before thinking about doing the task.
If you start to think about going to the gym, you're going to think about how hard it will be and how much effort it takes and blah blah blah, more excuses. Before you know it, you've already wasted 10 minutes procrastinating when you could have been halfway done already.
Don't let yourself overanalyze. The more you think about it, the harder it will be. Take action instead.
That's exactly how I'm writing this blog post right now. I just got home from a tough day at work, I'm hungry, and I really want to watch a movie. I'm tempted to just relax and start cooking, but I know that if I do that, I'll just be thinking about how I have a blog post to write later.
Lucky for me, I learned my lesson in 10th grade English honors when I would procrastinate writing my essays and then have to deal with horrific panic attacks as the due date neared.
Instead of wondering about what I should write, and pushing it off, I opened up my laptop and got going. Bada bing bada boom. Once I get this out of the way, I'll be able to enjoy my night knowing that I've accomplished my writing goal for the day.
This isn't rocket science. It may not be easy at first, but once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to relieve yourself of a lot of stress. For those tricky things you know you should do, but really don't want to, try taking action rather than getting in your head.
You got this, one step at a time.
What are you procrastinating doing right now? Share with us in the comments below and then 5-4-3-2-1 go do it!