Nike has probably one of the best slogans. It’s motivational. Commanding. Encouraging. And it is one of those phrases that we tell ourselves anyways, especially in the health and exercise category. It captures the attitude of the moment, the “I really don’t want to, but I know the end product will be worth it, so just do it”.
I’ve found myself applying that phrase to other aspects of my life though. Not just when I try to get motivated to work out, go for a run, or eat healthy.
As I study for college, mumbling “just do it” instead of reading or watching Netflix, has been why I’ve finished. Getting my word count in each day seems to drag on forever sometimes. But after I just do it, I don’t feel as stressed as I would have had I not pushed myself through.
There are only two things that I want to mention in order to encourage you to just do some things that you may be putting off.
You can’t just say it, you have to just do it!
It’s easy to look at the module I’ve been assigned and say “Oh I should get that finished”. What’s hard is turning off my phone for a bit, sitting down with my computer, and actually doing it. Distractions come in many ways so making sure to minimize as many of them as possible will help tremendously.
When you just do it, the dread you feel leading up to the task will usually disappear.
Many times the pressure or reluctance we feel toward a task stems from fear, disinterest, or just plain ol’ lack of motivation.
When fear is the culprit, the best way to combat it is to think about why we are fearing it and how we can overcome it.
I’m not going to lie, fear is a big player in my reluctance to taking tests for college. I’m worried that I won’t know the right answers or make the grade I want. But after I tell myself to “just do it”, I’ll uplift myself. I’ll overcome that fear of failure by combating it with things the Word says about me.
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:13 (ESV)
Disinterest is a hard thing to get past because, if we’re not interested in it, then why are we doing it?
“Because it’s required” or “it’s my responsibility” or even “no one else will” are typical answers to this question. But if we look a little closer to those answers, we will actually find that those tasks of disinterest stem from an interest somewhere.
Suppose that there is a pile of dishes in the sink that need to be washed. If making sure that you have a plate to eat on and a glass to drink out of is your responsibility via chore assignments, then the interest there stems from honoring and respecting the person who assigned you the dish-washing chore. If you live on your own, then the task of it being required stems from the interest of needing or wanting a clean house. Or if you live with others, family or roommates, and no one else will wash the pizza sauce off the plates from last week, then perhaps the interest comes from just not wanting to get sick.
So if we look past the disinterest of the current task at hand, and put our focus on an interest that requires that task to be completed, then just doing it becomes a lot easier, because now we have an interest motivating us.
Lack of motivation is cured along the same lines as disinterest is.
By adjusting our focus to something motivational, we will sometimes find a spark of motivation. But, more often than not, lack of motivation needs a little dose of kicking ourselves in the bum. To just do it and get it over with.
Just Do It is an excellent way to approach any task, but especially the ones that we know have to be done and need that extra kick to do. Clean your room? Just do it. Take that test? Just do it. Start that devotional you’ve been trying to get to for the past month? Just do it. Putting things off only makes dread build. Once it’s finished, the clouds around you disappear and you can breathe again. So save yourself some of that time and energy and ____ __ __(You got it!)!
Do you have any combative ways to handle the things you don’t enjoy doing? What are some tips you have for those who may be needing some extra motivation to tackle some mundane tasks?
Rayleigh Gray – Associate Editor & Web Manager