I feel like that on a regular basis.
Last week my list told me to do three hours of paperwork. I couldn’t do it. It was either give up or renew my mind. I chose the latter.
The Good and Bad List
Here’s what I did: I made a Good and Bad List. My idea was that if could see the consequences of my actions (remember the Bible study last week?), I would actually want to do my paperwork.
It worked. I did my paperwork. Cheerfully. For three hours. Here’s the chart I made in my journal. It contrasts the rewards of following through on my goal (the good) with the consequences of not following through on my goal (the bad):
|A Life of Procrastination||A Life of Following the List|
Can you see why I actually felt like doing my paperwork by the time I was finished with the list?
If you want to give this a try with your own goal, make a chart and start filling it in. First, write the consequences of your current way of operating in the area of your goal. Then write the benefits of the life you want to live. Then compare them.
Let me know if your desires change!
P.S. I fully expect to have to have to do the exact same thing over again the next time I have 3 hours of paperwork on my list. Or maybe even 15 minutes.
Question: Think of your goal. Would it help to look at the benefits of changing and/or the consequences of not changing?