I didn't feel like getting out of bed this morning. I didn't sleep well, had a lot on my mind in the middle of the night, and was kind of cranky.
I didn't feel like training this morning. The thought of getting under the bar for some heavy squats just wasn't doing it for me.
I didn't feel like writing this article. Sometimes the words and thoughts just don't come, and I didn't want to wrestle with it.
And I did all of it anyway.
Well it really does not change the situation to stay on bed and mope. So I got up, did some reading and office work. When I saw Nancy I matter-of-factly told her I was in kind of a bad mood. "Noticing and Naming". Doesn't do any good to ignore it and bite someone's head off because of it. She responded kindly, gave me a little room, and everything is cool.
Next was taking Andrew to work and then hitting my workout with my Monday training partners, who I always enjoy seeing. Did our thing, warmed up, and then got under the bar with a weight I had missed the last time I attempted. Couldn't get one single rep. Today I successfully completed every set and every rep on the training plan. Feels good.
And this article? It gets a lot easier to put a few thoughts down when I open the computer and start typing, rather than milling around the house ignoring the fact that Monday mornings is my writing time. And while these few words may not exactly be on par with Socrates, I hope the lesson I learned (or re-learned) this morning is that while we are emotional people, being driven solely by emotions is usually not a good idea, and if I didn't do something every time I didn't "feel like it" not much would get done.
In a few short hours, just by taking some action in spite of my feelings, some real productive things happened, not the least of which is I feel better.
My mood is better.
I demonstrated to myself I am getting stronger.
And you get to share in my boundless wisdom. Ok, 2 out of 3 ain't bad. 🙂
The next time you "don't feel like it"?
Do it anyway.
Because that's where magic can happen.
Let's get moving!