The path to your goals can get rough and sometimes you need to force yourself into action.
As I’ve said many times, action is the first step to success.
It doesn’t matter what you want, wanting isn’t enough. You must DO something about it.
Although it would be nice if we ALWAYS wanted to do the things that lead us to our goals, this just isn’t reality.
If you’ve ever started started towards a goal and then lost your motivation, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
It’s kinda like the kid that doesn’t want to go to school…
As any parent will tell you, it doesn’t really mater what the kid wants, they’re still going to school.
We all know that in the long run, it’s probably better for the kid to go to school than it is to stay home and play video games all day.
Yet in this case it’s the parent that “forces” the child to go to school.
But you probably don’t go to school nor do you live with your parents anymore.
Unfortunately for us, there’s this thing called adulting.
Adulting is when you’re young at heart or in mind, but you have to still do adult things.
It’s the equivalent of the parent sending you to school, however you now have to be your own parent.
Google found the perfect definition: the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.
However, in a positive light, forcing yourself isn’t such a bad thing.
Like the kid going school, you know your work, task, workout, healthy meal, etc. is good for you. It’s ok to force yourself to get it done for the positive benefits, even if you don’t really want to.
If you think about it, many things in your daily routine probably aren’t completely enjoyable. However, like the definition above, we still perform our necessary tasks. At some point we don’t even realize we’re forcing ourselves to do it and we just start calling it routine.
Sometimes the routine can even turn something you once loathed can be something you now enjoy.
This process of completing undesirable but necessary tasks is a huge part of building discipline.
Discipline is the strength to complete your tasks, even if you don’t want to.
What’s another way to say that?
Forcing yourself to do what’s good for you even it’s not easy or desirable in the moment.
Seeing it this way, hopefully you realize that sometimes it’s a good thing to force yourself into action.