Do you ever find yourself to be the biggest hurdle to your success?
Procrastinating, avoiding, and running have kept me from writing this blog in the past, kept me from exercising to get healthy – something I really, really want and need, and from other major goals and progress in my life.
I bet a lot of you can relate.
Most people I know want to get healthier, lose weight, get organized, get out of debt, or whatever self-improvement that for some reason they avoid.
So why do we procrastinate?
Part of it seems to be because, at least for awhile, all of those goals are a bit painful in a way.
Some more than others, but with all of them – if there’s no pain, there’s no gain.
Everybody knows that if you’re going to build muscle there’s going to be some pain involved. That is certainly something that has kept me from exercising, even though I want to desperately.
I think about how I’m going to feel the next day, and I let it stop me.
I call it evading.
I looked up the word evade, and when I read further into the Merriam-Webster definition (here), “to take refuge in escape or avoidance” jumped off the page.
I wasn’t just avoiding, running, or procrastinating. I was taking refuge – making myself safe from the pain of what I wanted to do and of progress!
I let pain win.
I let pain control me, and keep me from being who I really want to be.
Evading is not a good thing.
The irony here is that not doing something toward progress and our goals, fools us by creating a false comfort of avoiding the pain we know needs to happen to break through. . .
but the reality is that it is not only still painful in our fake safety, but it will get even more painful to get out of the hole we’ve dug for ourselves as time goes on.
I’m sitting here worried about how sore I’ll be tomorrow if I exercise, but I’m already really sore!
And not only that, if I don’t get healthy I could have the extra pain of an illness, a disease, knee surgery, etc. . . and it will be harder to dig myself out, because all that would make me more tired and injured than I am today.
It’s the same with any of the scenarios of self-improvement I can think of. The longer we wait when we know we are supposed to do something, the harder and more painful it gets to be free.
Not only in our current state, but also when we want to dig out.
If I let clutter build up and decide to put off taking care of it because it’s too hard or too painful getting rid of things, then it is not only painful now trying to find things, but the situation only gets worse.
It’s only deception that we are hiding ourselves from the pain.
The truth is we are wallowing in it!
Really, we are keeping ourselves from the benefits of doing the right thing and we are keeping ourselves from freedom!
Don’t let yourself be your own destruction!
Decide again that you’re going to do what you need to or want to no matter what.
No matter what!
I’m in! Are you with me?
Have you had some form of pain stop you from accomplishing your goals?
Let’s get going and stay at it together!