“A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. And I am a man.”
The wise Bo Sanchez shared that he tells this to himself in times that he don’t feel like doing the thing he had to do. He said he modeled it from somebody. He borrowed it from somebody.
It struck me that he also has those times. I realized that even the deeply spiritual and prolific man that he is, he also faces those times. The prayerful and high performer that he is, he too has those feelings – feelings like that one you and I feel when we don’t feel like doing the things we need to do. After all, he is also a human being just like you and me.
But what does he do during those times? Exactly that. He tells that statement to himself and then do what he has to do. Because as that statement says, “A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.” And he is a man!
You and I should model this too. Yes, we can borrow it too. The actions we need to do should be done because they must be done. And they should be done even during those times that we don’t feel like doing them.
Yes, discipline has to come into play. Decision has to interplay with the emotion. While emotions are part of us, sometimes we have to override those emotions and make the decision to proceed despite not having that feeling of motivation. Let us not make an excuse and say, “I don’t have the motivation to do it.” No!
Because here’s the beauty of motivation: it comes as you go move into action. While we often start to do things with the feeling of motivation, there are times we need to proceed in spite of the seemingly absence of motivation. Because the magic is that as you move into action, motivation comes along.
So when you don’t feel like doing that thing you are required to do — tell yourself, “A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. And I am a man!”
And then go do it!
(Chris Dao-anis, CPA, DTM is a trainer and speaker on communication and leadership. His latest book ‘Living Large in the Little Things’ is available at Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City. For talks and trainings, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website www.chrispoweracademy.com.)