Yes, you heard it here first: my “want to” is fighting with my “have to” in a battle for dominance and attention. You know how it goes; there are those things you WANT to do vs. those things you HAVE to do. Sometimes it’s just so hard to get motivated enough to do those necessary things when you have so many other things you would rather be doing.
Photo Credit: Linda James at MotiveWeight Blogspot.
Well, 24 hours later … yes, folks, I started this post last night around this same time — and apparently my want to/need to sleep was greater than any feeling of “have to write” – blog posts or anything else, for that matter, since I kept nodding off and finally gave in and went to bed around 11pm.
Anyway, back on topic; it’s funny, because I had already thought about this “want to-have to” struggle, and then I saw the above image, first on Facebook and then at Linda James’ blog, MotiveWeight. She has so many great images, I could do an entire month’s posts (or more) just highlighting one image each time (hmmm, there’s an idea!) She grants permission to use her images and requests acknowledgement, so here you go, Linda! 😉
So, motivation…not difficult to find when you WANT to do something, but rather scarce when you HAVE to do something. That’s why I liked this image and the saying on it so much. It’s kind of a variation of “Just do it” or “Do it afraid.”
Sometimes we procrastinate, and get distracted and off track with anything but the one thing we have to do. But like the saying on the image, if we just get started, motivation will follow. I can think of numerous examples, from doing housework or running errands to doing my freelance work or grad course assignments to exercising.
I often don’t feel like doing any of those things because I would rather be quilting, reading, blogging, or visiting social networks…or napping or nodding off because I’m exhausted!
Yet once I get started on any of those and other tasks, I’m usually fine as I discover the motivation is there after all and I manage to complete the tasks often in less time and with less aggravation than I had anticipated.
What about you? What type of “want to” tasks do battle with your “have to” tasks? Do you think the saying on the image is true? Why or why not?