This year my boyfriend has challenged himself to swim in the ocean every single day for the entire year.
Over the past 6 months I’ve watched in awe as he has committed to this every single day — no matter what.
Even when we’ve been travelling. Even when it’s been inconvenient. Even when it became winter and it’s gotten much colder. And even when the ocean is wild and looks so dark and murky that you can’t see what’s under the surface.
I’ve continued to watch him show up and and do it anyway. Day after day. Week after week. Month after month — for over six months now.
Recently I asked him, “How do you convince yourself to get in the ocean on days when you don’t feel like it?”
I wanted attempted to try to understand how he gets himself to do this everyday, particularly on the days when it’s hard.
I wanted to understand (and analyse) his thought process and uncover how he actually does it every day (and perhaps his secret mindset weapon), but he responded:
“I don’t think about it. I just do it.”
He doesn’t get caught up in thinking about it. He doesn’t make it harder than it needs to be. He knows what we wants to do and then he just does it.
I think when we want to do more of something we can get so caught up in thinking about it that we end up overcomplicating it, we get caught up in our own excuses and all this makes it even harder to actually do what we want to do.
I know I do this all the time. I get caught up in (over)thinking about the things I want to do — and it doesn’t help me actually do them.
I get caught up in (over)thinking my next driving lesson, that I don’t book it.
I get caught up in (over)thinking a blog post I’ve written, that I don’t press publish.
Overthinking does not help us do the things we want to do and it doesn’t get us closer to our goals. Action does!
So what would happen if we stopped (over)thinking the things we wanted to do — and we just took action and actually did it?
We would actually do the things we want to do.
We would take empowered action.
And we would get to where we want to go.
So let’s stop (over)thinking and start actually doing.
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