Patient: “Doctor, it hurts when I do this.” Doctor: “Don’t do that” – Smith & Dale
The instinctive reaction to the feeling “I don’t want to be doing this” is to stop doing this. Of course you have to consider the consequences, so a lot of the things we keep on doing without giving it that much thought. We just take it for granted that we don’t like it, but it has to be done, like working to earn a living.
But sometimes we stop the thing we “don’t want to be doing” without giving much thought to the consequences.
For instance you might start a workout and early on you decide you really “don’t want to be doing this”. So you stop.
If your focus is totally on fitness, then the consequence is that in a month or so you will be one workout short on your fitness level. But you can make up for that. (Right).
But if your focus is on how you feel, then the consequence is that you don’t feel any better than when you started.
That is literally what I would tell myself 30 odd years ago when I was first trying to get into a daily habit. I had started the ride, and that was all I was obligated to do. Sometimes early on in the ride I’d be like “I don’t want to be doing this, it’s not fun”. But then I’d tell myself “You will feel just like when you started if you quit now” and I’d ask myself what I was going to do after I stopped. I’d still feel burnt out and now even more frustrated, so nothing would be very appealing. That’s when I’d decide to go to the end of the next song and see how I felt. Then usually another one. By that time I’d feel so much better that I finished the ride.
And when I was done I’d look back and remember that I had wanted to quit. But I had kept going and look how I felt now. Before I was all down and out from programming and stressing all day long and worrying about tomorrow. Now that’s all gone and I actually feel good. Not just ok, but good. Actually euphoric, but that gradually fades into good.
Experience that enough times and it’s not even an issue anymore. Burnt Out? Workout.