I don’t feel like …… today!
Not feeling like it, is not a good enough reason to abandon your plans. Many times we fail to achieve our goals, due to lack of discipline. We rely on short burst of motivation in order to do what’s necessary.
As a Christian, the fight against feelings is crucial in order to live righteously. God commands us to do things that are incongruent with our feelings.
“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”Matthew 5:44 KJV
Whilst I may not feel like loving my enemies or those who treat me badly, not feeling like it is not an excuse that will be permissible to God.
Similarly, in order to achieve your goals you have to start winning the battle against your feelings and do what you planned to do even on days when you don’t feel like it.
To my non Christian readers, where the above example may seem a little foreign, think about situations that require you to stick to a plan regardless of how you feel. A classic example might be going to work on Monday mornings. Whilst we might feel like sleeping in or having an extended weekend, we often ignore that thought and go to work because we understand that the consequences of not showing up are far greater than giving in to our feelings.
We need to apply the same thinking to our personal goals. Every time you choose to allow your feelings to get in the way of doing things that are crucial to your life, think about the consequences and hopefully that should set you on the right path.
I am also guilty of letting my feelings get the better of me, however being more conscious of it has helped me to challenge this, and make necessary improvements.
Who’s winning you or your feelings?