I don’t feel like it. How many times have you uttered those words? I have spoken them about a trillion times. Usually, I speak those words when I don’t feel like doing something that I know I should do.
I don’t feel like getting up early.
I don’t feel like working out.
I don’t feel like reading my bible.
I don’t feel like eating my green beans.
I don’t feel like it!!!
You say it too, don’t you? I think we all do and the harsh truth is that the more we operate on the basis of what we feel like doing, the less we will achieve our goals.
Good goals require hard choices.
Most of the time, I prefer easy choices. I like the path of least resistance. I just want to do what I feel like doing and that leads to me sitting on the couch with a bag of Doritos. Generally, we don’t accomplish a lot on the couch with a bag of Doritos.
So….what do we do? Usually, we hope for a lightening bolt of motivation. James Clear will tell you why that doesn’t work here. I’ll tell you why by what just happened.
I just got back from a weekend with my wife. We had a great time exploring our favorite place on the planet, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Nothing beats crossing the Mackinaw Bridge into the land of Yoopers and rustic beauty. But, you know how it works. You have to come home. You have to get things done around the house. You have to get ready for Monday. The one thing that I didn’t want to do was write this blog, but I did. Here is why.
I decided to write this blog ten months ago. Last December, I committed myself to publishing a blog article every Monday for the next year. It wasn’t contingent on how I felt. It didn’t matter if I was tired. It didn’t matter if I was busy. It didn’t matter if I was in post vacation depression. I was devoted to writing so that I could publish something on Monday. Feel….had nothing to do with it and that has made all the difference.
I’ve published once a week for every week of 2014. Some posts were poorly written and poorly received. A few were pretty good and got some reads. Most were somewhere in the middle, but I’ve written and how I feel doesn’t factor in.
Motivation is a fleeting thing. Maybe you will have some and maybe you won’t. Are you going to leave your future up to that roll of the dice? Decide what you want to do. Decide what is important to you. Decide what you want your life to look like. Then make an intentional plan that details what, where, when and how you will do it. The more concrete that you make it, the easier it will be to do it.
A lot of hopes and dreams disappear with ambiguous plans.
Intentionality is key to your spiritual life. I wrote here about how it is the most important strategy to defeating temptation. We should realize that temptation isn’t just about resisting sin. We are also tempted daily to simply omit doing the things that we really do believe are important, but don’t do because we don’t feel like it.
What do you want to do that you are not doing?
Make a plan…even if you don’t feel like it.