They add up. And each time you make one, you put an obstacle in your own way.
Tonight I almost skipped my nightly dose of apple cider vinegar because I just brushed my teeth and it would taste bad.
I love the feeling I get from taking the stuff and it’s crazy to me that minor feelings of aversion to a bad taste would somehow outweigh something I value highly; it’s crazy I’d subconsciously prevent myself from taking this action.
Then I had the realization that I get in my own way all the time and reflected on recent frustrations in my life where I’m getting in the way of my other goals.
Next I had the idea for this post, and thought:
But you haven’t posted in ages, plus you’d be staying up later
and caught myself making 2 more small excuses and then grabbed my phone and started typing.
I’ve started with 2 steps:
- Promise to get out of your own way
- Notice where you’re making small excuses
Once you’re frustrated with stagnation and inaction enough to commit to clearing your own mental path, tuning in makes the source of friction obvious.
The combination of those two steps is powerful: You’ll be bias to action and cutting through excuses in no time.