Don’t think about doing it, just do it!
This is a mindset that I’m trying to adopt more and more in my life recently.
I’ve come to realise that the moment I start to think about doing something is usually the same moment I start to procrastinate on doing something. The two really go hand in hand for me, and it can be extremely self-destructive!
How About an Example
Let me give you an example of what I mean, just so things are that little bit clearer.
Let’s say my alarm goes off at 07.00 in the morning. I know I should really get up and going the second this happens, but at the same time, it’s so comfy and warm.
Just 10 more minutes won’t hurt, right? A little snooze on my phone isn’t going to cause any significant problems…
Next thing I know its 08.30am – I’m meant to start work in 15 minutes! I launch myself out of bed and begin the mad panic of getting ready, not that it’s going to make any real difference. At this point, I’m going to be late regardless.
This entire situation could’ve been avoided if I simply got out of bed as soon as my alarm went off. So why didn’t I? Well, I think a lot of it comes down to my initial thought of Oh shit, it’s morning already and I have to get up for work. Ugh. A quick 10-minute snooze sounds good. Let’s do that instead, and then I’ll get up!
I know it’s the wrong mindset to have first thing in the morning. I know it’s all about discipline, and training yourself to get the fuck out of bed as soon as you hear that hellish alarm going off. Snoozing is for the weak. I know these things, yet still, I struggle with this!
Stop Looking for Excuses
Another example – the classic exercise one.
You promised yourself you were going to go out for a run. You looked out your workout clothes and running shoes. You had a good pre-run snack. There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t head out and start running this instant, but then the thoughts start sinking in. I can do a run, later on, I don’t HAVE to do it just now or Actually, I can’t be bothered with this at the moment, but I’ll definitely do it later.
NO, YOU WON’T!
And even if you’re the type of person who can say no to something, promise yourself you’ll do it later, and then actually commit to doing it – it still makes more sense to just do it when originally intended. Why? Because it builds discipline. Discipline is the ultimate key to sticking with your habits for the long-term.
Don’t think, just do!
Don’t Give in to Your Lazy Brain
It’s like my brain is immediately let off the hook as soon as I think about whether or not I should do something. Even if I only stop to think for 5 seconds, it doesn’t matter. That 5 seconds is ample time for my brain to come up with other things – usually pointless things – that I could be doing instead.
There’s no food in the house. I should really go shopping and buy some food. I pause to think about it, my brain tells me that’s too much effort. I sit down. As if sitting down to think about this in more detail is going to help matters. I’m getting hungrier. I need food. Yeah, I should definitely go to the shops and buy some food now. More time passes. Still not any less hungry than I was before. Still needing food just as much as I did before. Ah, screw it! I open up the Just Eat app on my phone (making sure I claim any cashback in the process of course) and begin to order myself a Chinese!
There’s no food in the house. I should really go shopping and buy some food. I
pause to think about it, my brain tells me yes – let’s fucking do this shit! I head to the shop. Buy some healthy (maybe/maybe not) food. Head home, and begin to fix up a wholesome meal. After all, it’s healthier and cheaper than ordering in Chinese, right?
Don’t think, just do!
So What’s My Point?
My overall point here is this…
You should do the shit you said, when you said, the way you said. If you don’t, you run the risk of letting others, but more importantly – yourself – down.
So, one more time, just in case I’ve not made it clear enough as is. Don’t think about doing something, JUST DO IT!
If you feel this is a mindset that’s worth adopting in your own life, I want to hear about it. What do you truly struggle with when it comes to thinking about doing something VS actually doing it? Let me know in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you.