More Brain Hacks! Stop Thinking, Start Doing
Updated: Aug 4, 2019
A.K.A. Just Do It.
We can really get in our own way. We talk about "waiting to be motivated" or "ready" to do The Thing - so we wait (and wait, and...wait).
Truth is, we can be waiting forever. Our brains have wiley ways of stopping us from doing things we need, or even want, to do. This is especially true if the deadline for our Thing is a way off in the distance (stay tuned for a future blog post on this). Eventually, panic sets in as the deadline for our task gets nearer. That gets the adrenaline going and THEN we're motivated, but we may experience a lot of stress doing the Thing and not do the best job of it either.
One of the best bits of advice anyone ever gave me was, "sometimes, motivation comes from action". That is, instead of waiting to be "motivated" you start doing The Thing (or something towards The Thing), and then the motivation to complete it kicks in. I used this mantra myself this evening, to go for a walk around the block instead of watching #callthemidwife (which I LOVE btw). I was getting tired and my show was about to start - but I needed to move (shout out to my #ehlersdanlossyndrome peeps here). I could feel my brain begin to talk itself out of going for the walk, so I quickly threw this motto at it, made a drink to take with me and off I went.
While this is a simple example, it can work for for more complex tasks - start small, do one thing. Then another. Then another.
When you next feel yourself struggling with doing The Thing, stop thinking about doing it and DO one thing. Let me know in the comments how you get on!