Just do it.
I’m not sure there ever was a catchphrase as popular in self-help circles.
It seems to be the solution that everyone likes to tote around when they want to encourage people to stop letting excuses in and go after what it is they really want.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of the quote.
I just don’t do it.
I don’t believe in simply doing things.
It’s a brilliant quote, an advice that looks good on paper (and in Nike ads) but it never worked for me.
I’m definitely not the only one.
If everyone was “just doing it” surely the world would be a better place by now.
Book sales and traffic on self-help sites would certainly be down at least.
If you’re reading this it’s proof the interest in knowing how to go after goals and dreams and how to better yourself is not down.
No, a lot of people still want answers. A secret key that will unlock the vault where their motivation and drive has been trapped.
You might say “just do it” is a great advice. The only reason people fail is because they didn’t follow it.
That’s exactly my point.
What good is an advice if no one takes it?
I’ve been in search of a better advice for a while.
I thought I’d start with what keeps me and most people away from “just doing it” day in and day out.
Mood. As in “I’m not in the mood”.
Just because mood is a temporary feeling about something doesn’t mean it should be overlooked.
In fact, considering it’s the number 1 cause for all those “I’ll do it tomorrow”empty promises, we should give it the attention it deserves.
That’s where the Nike motto gets it all wrong.
Sure, we shouldn’t be controlled by our feelings but pushing them aside clearly doesn’t work and when it does, the struggle is real.
I believe there is value in exploring the feelings that makeup our “I’m not in the mood” mood.
Feelings are often seen as a nuisance. A human weakness that ultimately will be our demise.
Feelings indeed have a lot power. They can make us fail in achieving everything we want.
I say “they can make us succeed and get everything we ever dreamed of”.
If only we harnessed their power for our own good.
Whatever we feel facing a task at hand, even negative emotions, there is a way for them to be useful.
I learn about myself everyday facing all the emotions that come with not wanting to do things.
It turns out, I do want to do things.
Once I connect with myself, I can do better work than I ever would if I “just did it”.
What do you think?
Are you a fan of “Just do it” or do you think feelings have a place in motivational speak at all?
Tell me in the comments. I’d love to know!