Saturday, August 2, 2014

Did You Enjoy Giving Up Today?

I know the title of this post may sound a bit strange but please bare with me for a moment.

There are important tasks or situations you had to take some type of action on today. Did you enjoy giving up and not doing what needed to be done to complete the task or resolve the problem?

Stop and really think about this.

When we choose not to do things, do we do this because it feels better to not do anything because we didn't want to do the task in the first place?

For example, it felt good to put off exercising because you really are not completely committed to changing your lifestyle. It feels good to complain about being overweight but to actually do a simple exercise movement is too much effort.

Procrastination is so commonplace in our lives. At first putting off things give us a false sense of relief. I have more time to do that difficult thing later you think to yourself. When I delay the activity I had scheduled , maybe the situation will have changed and I will not have to actually make the effort and perform the difficult task. Being lazy can be enjoyable.

Fear of the unknown is so powerful. Fear is paralyzing. Fear can block you from moving forward in your life.

We do this so often, it must feel good at times to just "give up" at times in our lives.

Now for the reality check: You can only put off things for a while until eventually they rise up, come back at the worse time possible and bite us in the butt. That brief feeling of euphoria that comes with giving for a moment, can quickly turn on us and become that horrible nasty feeling of stress. 

I have been watching a Farscape DVD Marathon. In one episode, the character Ka Dargo was talking about finding the son he had not seen for years and he spoke some words of wisdom. He said something to the effect if he stopped trying it DEFINITELY will not happen.

When you do nothing, nothing is absolutely what you will get. When you stop trying, that's it. Game over. Dreams will definitely never come true when you give up.

Push yourself through the easy safe convenient feeling of giving up. Rethink your strategy. Research the problem. Ask for help. Set a timer to make yourself take all the emotion out of getting the task done. Make the effort. Your dreams and goals are completely worth pushing through the scary feelings of uncertainty.

 Is giving up your guilty pleasure?

Thanks for reading!

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