Note: The following is an expanded post on a blurb I did as part of my Inner Circle. I write a weekly motivational column there every week. You might enjoy being a member. Who knows.
There are going to be days–and believe me, because I have plenty of them–where you’re just tired. You won’t feel like doing much. The couch calls to you. And so does a pint of Phish Food, along with a season or two of some show you’ve been meaning to catch up on. I say you’re going to have these days, like they’re some rare thing. They’re not some rare thing.
Almost daily, about an hour or so into my work, I consider closing my laptop, heading home, and spreading myself out on the rug, like a runny egg. This is Resistance calling. And we all know what he wants, is to have us roll over, and stay put. But let’s not make it such an easy win for him, if we can help it. I mean, let’s not be so kind to our enemy. This is, after all, a force that wants to destroy us.
I overcome Resistance (sometimes, usually) through acceptance. I know everyday when I sit to write, or stand to workout, or play guitar in whatever position I play guitar in, there will be thoughts that creep across my mind and try to convince me otherwise. “Ah, take the day off. You could use the rest. You look… tired.”
And I would give in, too. Because I used to not know better. But now I do. I know that “nothing any good isn’t hard” and that everything worthwhile is going to suck–has to suck!
But there’s a saying that has always stuck with me and helped me through, especially on days that acceptance doesn’t work. (I never said acceptance was bulletproof.)
“Everyday you don’t practice is a day you get worse.”