Some days motivation is easy. Excitement is high, energy is up. And doing the things that need doing is easy.
You know, things like exercise, eating well, going to work, making that phone call, writing that blog post, getting out of bed, etc.
And then some days it feels impossible. You’re tired, frustrated, bloated or moody, or just aren’t feeling it. These are the days it’s easy to make an excuse and do the opposite thing — eat the brownie, lay on the couch all day, call in sick, whatever.
And once in a while, taking a break is exactly what’s needed.
But most of the time, we just have to do it anyway. Because it is what is right. In the big picture, it is the thing that will keep us moving toward our goals. Because skipping it for one day is taking a break, but skipping it day after day is choosing a different outcome.
Unconsciously choosing a different outcome. Unconscious choice is the thing that causes us to wake up a week, a month, a year or more later and wonder “how did I get here?”.
Yes, take breaks. Be gentle with yourself. Don’t try to do everything all of the time. But most of the time remember your big picture goals and go do it anyway. Your future self will thank you for it.