How Doing What You Don’t Want to Do Can Make You Into the Person You Want to Be

by Gabe Arnold


Do you ever find yourself sitting at your desk doing nothing, not wanting to step into the next project or that next task that you’ve been consistently avoiding? Those feelings and situations happen to the best of us. In fact, you’re actually quite normal.

Nearly every morning when I wake up at 3:30am, I find myself feeling like that. Feeling like I don’t want to wake up, feeling like when I do wake up I don’t want to write another article and feeling like I am too tired to start the day’s list of projects. Feeling like this is normal. The difference between being extremely successful and being average happens when you roll over and get out of bed anyway. It happens when you tackle the project head on even though you’re scared. Success happens we do something differently than we have done before.

  • If you don’t want to make that phone call, then you probably should.
  • If you don’t want to write that next blog post, then do it.
  • If you are too tired to wake up early and work out, that’s a good sign that you should do it.
  • If you are scared of launching a new product, that means you’re on the right path. Launch it!
  • If you are afraid to confront your significant other about that problem, then it must be truly important.
  • If you’re nervous about presenting that new idea to your team or your boss, then that’s a sure sign that you should.

In Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art he talks about how resistance is our true north. When we fear something or we make up excuses in order to avoid doing it, this is often the simplest indicator that it is truly something very important that we must conquer.

If you’re willing to do the things that you don’t want to do today, then you’ll have the ability to taste the destination and the success that you’re looking for tomorrow. Small incremental steps toward success each day are the keys to reaching our destination. It’s in those moments that we want to hit the snooze button, read our Facebook newsfeed and find any way possible to not do our work – those are the times that matter the most.

If you can do the things you don’t want to do today, and if you can exercise more personal discipline each day, then you will unlock the person that you want to be. You’ll find the success you want and you will learn to become stronger along the way.

If you’re waiting for something miraculous to happen, if you’re waiting for a windfall moment to come your way, stop waiting. Just start doing all the little daily things that matter. Make the extra call, write that next post, wake up earlier, launch that new product, confront that problem and pitch your new idea.

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

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