You know what it is. That thing that you NEED to do, but don’t WANT to do.
It happens when you are lying in bed, quietly before you rise.
You wake up thinking about a dream or other random thoughts, and then: BOOM!
You suddenly remember it.
Your stomach sinks. You sigh. You feel panic. And you think to yourself:
“My God, I need to do that thing. And I don’t want to do it.”
The good vibes of the morning quiet are gone. Suddenly, you don’t want to get up.
I hate the feeling. I despise that feeling. Why?
Because I am angry that I have allowed myself to get so consumed by this task, this thing, that is now all-consuming. If only this nagging thing wasn’t on my plate, then I would be at peace and could enjoy my day…
For some reason, you have let this thing linger.
And then, throughout the day…the thought of doing the thing creeps back into your conscience, and you sink again. You get deflated.
It happens at the most random of places. In the drive-thru line. In the shower. Whilst having lunch with a colleague. And boom, your stomach sinks again, and you get distracted worrying about the thing.
So, it goes without saying, the secret to happiness is to free your world of these nagging things that end up consuming your life. But that is easier said then done.
And of course, you could be much more mindful, and not let these little things become bigger, all-consuming things. But that isn’t realistic either. Life happens, and little things become big things. Those are life’s rules.
The cycle repeats itself again and again.
What separates the men from the boys is quick action, to just handle whatever the heck it is that is causing you stress, anxiety, and stomach pain.
You can’t prevent these little nagging things from popping up. You are human. But…
You can choose to just dive into it. And it is never as bad as you think. It is rarely as hard as you think it will be.
And the relief you feel is almost immeasurable.
It builds confidence. It relieves anxiety. It generates momentum. These things are priceless.
So get off your scaredy cat butt, and just tackle it.
P.S. This is a memo to myself. Because I spend way too many damn mornings dreading doing certain things that distract from what would otherwise make for a glorious day…
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