Sometimes when I have particularly dreadful duties to perform, I literally make myself sick. I might get in an accident or start feeling feverish. “If I really get sick,” I think, “then I’m home free. I don’t have to do my duty, and I’ve got a good excuse.”
That’s not the way it works. If it’s a true duty, I end up doing it anyway—with a fever, the flu, or a bandage on my leg.
Action: When it’s time to do something you must, it helps to find something to like about the task, or a good reason to do it even when you don’t want to. It helps to find something to be passionate about, even when it’s a little thing like what you’re going to wear. Getting clear on why you’re doing it can be helpful too. “I don’t want to do this, but I feel it’s important to do because . . .” Feel all your feelings, and then get to work. You’ve got a job to do that needs to be done. Usually the worst part about fulfilling your duties is the dread you experience first.
From the book: 52 Weeks of Conscious Contact
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