I Just Don’t Feel Like It. Would missing that class be a total abomination of my physique, training, or education? Would not going out with my friends, making me a bad friend, a recluse, or to never meet my match?.. What happens when I don’t feel like doing what’s on the agenda? Would missing all those things affect me in a negative way?
So far, by ditching what I don’t feel like (even if it’s a last minute change of heart) and taking the time to listen to what I do want to do; I’ve gained ridiculous energy for other, previously neglected areas of my life. For example, finding new interests, fixing my bike, contact with family and old friends, taking better care of myself, and more in depth research into the niggles which have been bothering me for years.
The I Just Don’t Feel Like It scenario I’ve recognised when working with clients too, as I work partially in the fitness industry, and it’s here people want to be pushed and pushed to achieve and do more. You name it, it’s on the table, better buns, abs, biceps, smaller waist.. I don’t consider my teaching as fitness per se, but Pilates and yoga are both tied up in it in our society, and I’ve been constantly doubting if I push my clients enough, especially in group classes.. My thinking is, if you have the energy there to pay attention and apply yourself to a situation, THEN You’ll do the work, if you don’t, then maybe take the time to rest? Give your best to a situation you feel like applying yourself to, though this might be hardcore napping or having tea with friends. I’d suggest, anything that isn’t wasting energy by staring into a screen.. Work with good form, not in a half assed kinda gonna do something.. In my opinion, that’s just time wasting.
Why can’t we do our best and when we need to, take a rest so we can evaluate if we need to keep going or, change track? Why do we have to run ourselves into the ground and rely on caffeine, supplements and other people to get us going? Why can’t we tune into our innate intelligence and realise what it is that we do have energy for?
The more we leave ourselves to NOT do the things we don’t feel like, the more we come to understand WHAT it is that we do feel like doing. When you keep doing things because you think you ‘should’, they act as distractions from the things which may otherwise ignite our enthusiasm to be proactive and get out into the world; however that looks for each individual. It might feel a bit messy at first, but trust yourself, that if you don’t feel like doing something or going somewhere, then there’s another part of life waiting for you to discover it.. Of course, this isn’t going to work for everyone, I’m still investigating what it is when people are so called ‘Lazy’, as I’ve never been considered as lazy, to me it seems like hardcore procrastination; perhaps fear based, but that’s a whole other topic..
I’d love to hear any comments…