Do what you love.
I think if I hear that one more time I’m going to throw up.
It’s not necessarily bad advice, but it’s so overused there are legioins of people running around waiting for something they love to show up in their laps and change their life and are disappointed when that doesn’t happen.
I’m going to offer alternative advice.
Do what you hate.
Pick something you hate. Learn to love it anyways.
Do what you love makes it sounds like all you have to do is find something you love and do it and magic happens. The sky opens up, happiness pours out while unicorns and rainbows prance around in the sky.
That doesn’t happen.
Even the stuff you think you “love” will suck sometimes. Sometimes it will just be plain tough, if not freaking hard and you won’t always want to do it. Sometimes you’ll start to “hate” what you thought you loved and you’ll think something’s wrong. This was supposed to be easy, right?
The truth: sometimes, you have to do somethings you don’t want to do.
- Sometimes running is boring.
- Sometimes you don’t feel like writing.
- Sometimes you wish other people would worry about your business.
- Sometimes you want to eat ice cream and watch TV.
- Sometimes you don’t feel like going to the gym
But you need to do it anyways if you want to be a good runner, writer, businessman, or generally fit person.
Here’s a not-so-secret, secret: I don’t particularly like running. There I said it.
But something happens when I run.
I learn something about myself. I find something out about myself that I didn’t know before.
I have to fight through it. I have to dig deep and find something in myself to keep going. I see my limits and I go past them…and I learn something.
Do something you hate. Learn to love it anyways.
Cold Shower Therapy is a great way to tell yourself to toughen the hell up. It’s back open if you’re up for the challenge.