When we feel like crap emotionally, it is virtually effortless to go into a state of complete inaction. We just want to blow everything off, vegetate and mope. And that becomes a downward spiral of feeling worse and more immobilized. It’s entropy. And it sucks. And we can overcome it. With practice.
With that practice, I can develop the ability to aggressively and enthusiastically navigate straight the hell into that darkness and defeat it with immediate, disciplined, healthy action. I can utilize the despair as an alarm to take that immediate and powerful action and subsequently co-create magical events that
could potentially beautifully alter the trajectory of that day, or potentially even the rest of my life!
The practice is to find as many little situations in your day as you can where you are experiencing even the slightest bit of procrastination. And I mean even the slightest bit. Think of this as accumulating repetitions like in a workout. You’re going to set about the task of accumulating as many repetitions of Do It Anyway in your days.
For example, I was unloading groceries from my car this morning in my garage. I saw the piece of paper I had written my grocery list on and crumpled it up and turned to toss it into the recycling bin. I missed the bin, it came up short and fell to the floor. My initial thought was, “Who cares? Pick it up later.” (Actually, if I’m being fully transparent here, that was my second thought. The first thought was, “That was a weak ass throw.”) The THIRD thought was, “Do It Anyway!” I put the groceries down and picked up the paper and tossed it in. (I actually backed up to my original spot for a do-over! Swish! Ha!) Humor aside, that’s a rep. A repetition. One repetition by itself, like one pushup, doesn’t seem like much. Does it? Accumulate tens of thousands of these reps and you have one super strong Do It Anyway muscle. And that muscle, that strength, that trained skillset will permit you to power through all forms of procrastination and immobilization, even in the darkest of hours.
DO IT ANYWAY!
Many years ago I took a trip to Cabo that turned into an unexpected journey of rapid, deep personal transformation.
This post is one of sixteen excerpts of a piece of writing that I did, that was inspired by this magical experience.
Each “chapter” contains a lesson that can be categorized as a lesson in Mental Toughness, personal development, or spiritual growth.
These chapters have been organized into three segments: the Lesson theory, a Practice, and relevant Mantras to help you in your own journey.