Why do we persist with so many things in life, but when it comes to our health and fitness, we want to give up the very moment we stop feeling motivated?
Most of the world’s work is done by people who don’t feel like it; most folks don’t really feel like getting out of bed in the morning. Thankfully, we are not our feelings. And we’re not exclusively our thoughts, either. We have both a short-term, irrational mind and a long-term, rational mind.
The next time you have a craving and feel like giving in—or the next time you’re given an opportunity to get closer to your goal and you just don’t feel “in the mood”—notice what you say to yourself.
In those tough moments, we often end up choosing what makes us the least uncomfortable in the moment, which in the long run, leads us to give up what we really want for what we mistakenly, temporarily think we want.
When we make that trade, we’re letting our short-term/irrational mind take over. Acknowledge that. Say hello to it. Even laugh at it—but realize we don’t have to act on it.
One of the “secrets” to success is doing what makes us successful even when we don’t feel like it. It’s easy to be successful when we feel like it. For instance, go to any gym in early January, and you’ll see that everyone “feels” motivated and committed. Everyone is in the mood!
But what about when we don’t feel like it? Go back to that same gym in early February. It’s probably a ghost town. But you can still be the one showing up: The truth is, success happens when we’re not in the mood to make a healthy choice but do anyway.