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It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.
-- Rene Descartes


Monday, February 10, 2003

Feel like it

Is there something you know you need to do, but you just don’t feel like it? If so, you can either avoid it altogether or you can force yourself to do it even though it goes against your feelings.

But there’s a much less stressful, much more elegant, effective way. You can simply change your feelings on the matter.

After all, they are your feelings and they’re under your control. And a great way to take control of those feelings is by putting them into words. For example, I feel like waking up a half hour earlier tomorrow morning and taking a walk. Or, I feel like swimming fifty laps this afternoon.

It seems deceptively simple, yet it works. You can change the way you feel just by saying so. Repeat it silently to yourself with enthusiasm, or say it out loud to yourself, or even better, to someone else. Then watch your actual feelings fall solidly and authentically in line.

If you don’t feel like it, that’s no problem because that’s something you can easily change. Start saying you feel like it and before long, you will.

— Ralph Marston

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