Nobody wants to sacrifice! That includes our Lord And Savior Jesus Christ himself! If you don’t believe me read Matthew 26:39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” After I read this, my question was ” how did he get the courage to go to cross”? What I really wanted to know is how can I get myself to do things I don’t want to do. I am created in the same image as Jesus, so it only seems to reason that if He could go to the cross, that I could get myself to do the tough tasks necessary to accomplish my missions as well.
- Jesus didn’t waste time. He took his thought under control immediately. The longer you think about doing something you know you should do the more likely it is that your mind and body will talk you out of it. I have been using the 5,4,3,2,1 method created by Mel Robbins. You have a task to do, just say 5,4,3,2,1 then get up and do it. The goal is to take control of you thought before fear and doubt creep in.
- Jesus set a time limit on his task. In Matthew 26:40 it says Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. The disciples may not have been able to go an hour but I am pretty sure you can with a little practice. Take the tasks you hate and break them down into smaller chunks, so just as you get fed up you will be done. Once you start making progress, it will become easier and you might want to go longer. A great book to help you with this is ” The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey”
- Jesus stole away when he needed to do deep work. Interruptions are one of the top obstacles to getting things done, especially when they are things you don’t want to do. I am sure it’s not just me who sits down to knock out something important and at that moment everyone needs something. Take a page out of Jesus’s book and find some alone time. In this text he was consulting the Father while the others slept! Another awesome book that will help you figure this out is ” Deep Work” by Cal Newport
Reading these books helped me a lot. However the one thing that really helped me the most was admitting and accepting that I didn’t want to do the tasks. I had to realize that it was okay for me not to like it, but it was not okay for me not to do it! Many of use get hung up on the thought that we have to feel like doing a task, but you don’t. Your goal has to be growth and if this what it takes to grow then so be it. If you avoid pain you will never achieve anything! Our biggest enemies are not people, money, opportunity, or timing. Our biggest enemy is our own mind and body. Matthew 26:41 says “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” My goal is to give you the tools to get out of you own way. If this blog has helped you please share it with other people so they can have a similar experience.