Doing as opposed to thinking – Self improvement

There is no question that most of us are always striving to improve ourselves. Unfortunately, some of the things that can get in the way of this include laziness and excuses amongst other things. What happens is that we end up thinking too much.

You have probably have experienced in your life the number of times where you actually played the task over and over again in your head and the task turned out to be very simple. Why is it that we often ignore our minds which is constantly reminding us to do something but we invariably don’t do it or just procrastinate.

Usually what prevents us from undertaking a task (which we often don’t like to do) is that we find excuses for not doing it. The brain has an excellent mechanism for ‘filling in gaps’. When you say to yourself that you want to do something, the slightest excuse will get your brain to work full time and find novel ways to stay away from the task.

We all tend to live an existential world and meaning is derived on how we make everyday decisions that are important to us. All of us know to some extent that the ‘way we are’ defines our long term perspective of what we want to be. For example, if we were passionate about a given field, we almost know what it would take to become greater in that field.

However, here is the oddity of all this. What we initially perceive a certain task or field where some effort is required, is always played out in our minds. The desire to carry out the tasks in hand is largely dependent on where we want to be in the future. This is where many of us find ourselves in a rut and simply cannot move ahead.

We know that the great athletes now performing in the 2016 Olympic games in Brazil had to surmount major obstacles in terms of stamina, determination, eating etc. to get to where they are. However, it would be foolish to put ourselves in their shoes and imagine the stress and work that they had to endure to reach the top of their profession. The missing component that many of us do not get is that they had a single passion to pursue the sports that they were engaged in and made it their all encompassing passion. When you reach that level, the work WE feel are major obstacles are in fact effortless to them. That comes natural to them.

So here we learn something about undertaking tasks. We simply take an interest and develop a habit of doing it enough times that the actual work does not seem like work. It always boils down to ‘taking the first step which is the hardest’. Once we get into a habit of procrastinating, then our minds take over and constantly fills this void with substance which is more thinking and more excuses.

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