Muhammad Ali, arguably the greatest boxer who ever lived, is quoted as saying, “I hated every minute of the training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ ” He didn’t say he didn’t want to train. He said he hated to train. He trained despite his feelings about training. He wanted to train because of the benefits of the results he would achieve. He wanted to do something he didn’t feel like doing because of the progress he would feel. He didn’t feel like training but he trained anyway because of outcomes he looked forward to in the future. We mustn’t let what we feel like doing hold us back from our progress.
Sometimes we’re going to have to vacuum the house, make the outbound calls, pump the iron, skip the desserts, set the alarm, or numerous other acts of will that are not super fun in the moment. But feelings can change quickly. It is vital to base our actions on feelings we aspire to enjoy in the future, and not only on what we feel like doing in a particular moment (tough to do, but essential).
“Life has a habit of not standing hitched.
You got to ride it like you find it.”
-- Woody Guthrie
Contributed by: Dean Lindsay, Award Winning Speaker and Author of The Progress Challenge & Co-Author of Stepping Stones to Success