Eff Your Feelings and Stay the Course

Have you ever started a new endeavor and found yourself super psyched?  Like you are just beyond excited.  It could be weight loss, a new business venture, a new hobby, a renewed commitment to getting your nutrition on track, signing up for a marathon or triathlon; the options are endless.  Anyways, initially you are so pumped because this new thing is going to be so awesome and exciting.  The idea of this thing pulls you in and you are so fired up about it.

But you know what sometimes happens? (at least this has been true for me in the past).  After the initial excitement wears off, the boring stuff is left behind.  The mundane, sometimes monotonous, work is left.  And sometimes, we tend to not “feel” like it anymore.

Let’s use the example of setting a goal to lose some weight and get in shape.  Perhaps you watch one of the popular weight loss shows or see an amazing transformation picture on Instagram, and you are inspired to make changes yourself.  You commit to getting in shape.  You might be so excited because you’re finally going to do it.  So naturally, you get everything you need; new workout clothes, a gym membership or a workout DVD or program to complete at home, healthy food and supplements to get your nutrition on track.  You are all set for this new lifestyle.

But then the hard part comes, you actually have to do the work.  This is where the excitement often wears off.  The hard work and effort necessary to accomplish your fitness goals are not so glamorous as you perhaps thought.  Maybe you didn’t anticipate that sometimes the process is not enjoyable.  While the end result will be awesome, the process can be tough.

The same can be true of starting a new business venture.  You dream of doing what you love and spending your days engrossed in your passion.  However, once you are on that journey you may realize that even though you are passionate about your work, it doesn’t change the fact that the process can still be difficult and challenging at times.  Just because you’re passionate about something doesn’t mean it won’t ever feel hard.


“Everything meaningful has stages of drudgery and stages of triumph.  It has a beginning, a struggle, and a victory” – Mahatma Ghandi

This quote is so true.  The truth of the matter is that anything we want to accomplish in life requires that we work hard.  It won’t always be smooth sailing.  There will be bumps in the road.

I’m not trying to scare you into thinking that getting into shape is going to be “drudgery.” I don’t that has to be or should be the case.  However, I am saying that it’s going to take some work, and sometimes cause you to be uncomfortable.  But that’s the case with anything that’s worth accomplishing.

I have struggled a ton with this concept in the past, and if I’m being honest, I still struggle with it.  Sometimes, I just don’t feel like working out, I don’t feel like making good nutrition choices, I don’t feel like writing.  But I had to learn and constantly remind myself that feelings are fickle, and they change like they wind.  They aren’t reliable, and they aren’t a good way to make decisions about my life.  I constantly have to choose not to let my feelings dictate my actions.

The truth of the matter is that at the core of every passionate endeavor is a mundane process.  Those who are successful in their endeavors learn to recognize this and are able to focus their energy on the results they want.  As a result, they can commit to doing the work to get where they want to be.

In the words of Vince Lombardi, the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!

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