Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"I Don't Want To..."

I don't want to get up early.
I don't want to go to bed early.
I don't want to NOT drink the fru- fru coffee creamer (you know, Almond Joy).
I don't want to do speed work today.
I don't want to eat MORE veggies.
I don't want to NOT eat all the time (sometimes most of the time I get the munchies, darn it!).
I don't want to train after work.
I don't want to lift heavy.
I don't want to do an amrap.
I don't want to train intensely.
I don't want to NOT drink Cherry Coke Zero.
I don't want to run that far.
I don't want to drink more water.
I don't want to...

There's a new enemy in town. Cousin to "I Can't." I actually find that "I Don't Want To" might be a more devious enemy. Because underneath the "I don't want to" is the attitude of "I totally could do it... I just don't have the desire to." But sometimes I really might not be able to do it. Sometimes I'm afraid to try because I'm afraid to fail. "I don't want to" is the safe escape. The "get out of hard work free" card. Many of us wouldn't dare say "I Can't"-- we've been trained that those words are bad and to be avoided at all costs. How dare you limit yourself by saying "I can't"?!

So, how do I defeat the "I don't want to"?

I tell myself, "I really don't care what you want. Do what you need to do." And then I do.


1 comment:

  1. Yes! I always remind myself that I'll feel better when I'm done. I never thought about the effect that I don't want to has on my brain.

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