Monday, March 19, 2012

Doing It

For a little while now I have been experimenting with the concept of "just do it". I know it's not very original and I also know a famous sporting brand has pretty much owned this tagline for as long as I can remember. Nonetheless it is a tiny phrase that packs a lot of power.

Could these three words hold more power than those other three words "I love you"?

How often do you wake up and feel like you can't be bothered doing anything? Everything feels too hard and uninspiring. Bed is the only option that feels good? You don't feel like going for that run? The dog walking can wait. So can getting the washing done before work.

I don't know about you but this happens to me with similar regularity to brushing my teeth. That was until a recent mindshift.

This feeling of apathy has been lingering for a while. In fact it had probably almost become my norm. It makes me feel bad to admit that. But until I can acknowledge and admit something there's no way to change it.

I recently signed up for the 12 week body transformation (12WBT) with Michelle Bridges to lose some weight and gain some energy. The 3 key components of this program are healthy eating, exercise and, most importantly, a mindset shift. An acronym bandied about by those on the program is JFDI - Just F***ing Do It. I see these letters all the time now, in fact they are almost burned into my retinas. This is a good thing.

These words taunt me and challenge me mentally to think about how I will feel if I don't "just do it". Will the 45 minutes of discomfort and subsequent endorphin rush feel better or worse than spending the entire day mentally beating myself up for not just doing it? The answer is better and this is why I get up every day and exercise. Once it is done there are no feelings of guilt. No recriminations. Instead, self satisfaction, achievement and mental clarity.

I've been moving this attitude to other areas of my life. Especially the areas I stall and pfaff around, such as healthy eating, writing, making phone calls, doing my paperwork, washing, cleaning and so on. You get my drift ... I'm a world champion procrastinator.

I am noticing that I am becoming more organized. Instead of continually thinking about what I should be doing, I'm just doing it. This frees up my mind to think about more creative things. Who knew?

I've still got a ways to go and this thought process doesn't come naturally just yet, but it is making a huge difference in how I feel and what I think about.

So come on, join me. Is there something you should be doing? Yes, well what are you waiting for? Just do it! Okay.


Maid In Australia said...

Good for you Annie. My little motto this year has been 'say yes'. Basically I've been saying yes to any opportunity or challenge that has come my way (at least those that are legal anyway). It's my 'yes year' and it has had already had the most amazing impact on my life as I try to find my happiness and also some of the 'old Bronnie' I was before depression and anxiety clawed me into a black hole. Not that I will ever be her again, but just to have a sliver of that adventurous, alive spirited woman would be wonderful. Guess what? She's back ... Already saying yes has got me back into the gym regularly, going out more, overseas, and ahem, into a relationship with a wonderful man. My version of JFDI!

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