It’s been a while since I felt like this.
A lack of purpose. A lack of enthusiasm.
One of those “What is the meaning of life?” moments – when I just want to laze around in “contemplation” rather than execute what I’d planned to do.
What should we do when we don’t “feel” like moving forward?
We have 2 options:
1. Trust the feeling and wait for the feeling to change, or
2. Trust the process and rely on the process to change our feeling
We could go with trusting our feelings, but it’s a risk.
Our minds want to stay in the comfort zone, it’s a way to protect ourselves. A vestigial trait from our forager ancestors. It’s called the caveman syndrome.
It could take either just a few minutes or maybe hours or days before you “feel” like it again.
Since time is our most precious resource and we can’t risk losing so much of it, that option doesn’t seem like a great idea.
That leaves option 2: trusting the process.
The “process” is simple. Just keep moving forward in whatever task or project you don’t feel like doing. One step at a time.
The benefit? Well, we’ll start making progress on the task at hand – which is great because it won’t forward on its own anyways 🙂..
But more importantly…we start to realize that we don’t need to feel like doing something to do it. And this is a superpower.
We are not tied down by or dependent on the vagaries of our feelings anymore. We can choose to act independently of that.
But it gets better.
As we keep taking our baby steps forward, we start to feel like moving faster.
Our minds were resisting our progress in the beginning, but have now become our allies.
And now you’ve magically moved from “I don’t feel like it” to “I feel great”.
Each of us has so much more potential than we realize. And this holds us back from doing things that make the world a better place.
But if keep taking those first steps, we’ll keep discovering better versions of ourselves.