Stop telling yourself you’re going to succeed.  Yes, you read that correctly.   Upon thinking about the things I’m trying to accomplish, I had a revelation: that I think too much about it.  Telling yourself you’re going to do “a” can sometimes lead to “b” but it can oftentimes lead to staying where you are.

Trick Your Hamster

In my field, automation is key.  You remove the human element of “work” and the machine just does it.  The machine doesn’t get moody or bitch about it, it just does it.  Thinking about the end goal can get your hamster spinning as to why its not attainable, how you’re not “motivated” to do it, or some other bullshit.

Instead of getting in the mood to go to the gym, just get up and go.  Instead of waiting until you feel like studying, get the books out now.  To quote the great Quintus Curtius “Most of the things in life you have to do, you wont want to do, but you have to do them anyway.”

Getting the shit you want out of life taken care of is up to one person, yourself.  No one is going to be there to push you. No one is going to tell you what you have to do.  You cannot lie to yourself when you put off doing something you should be doing, so knock it off.  No one ever got something worthwhile by sitting around thinking about it.

We’re men, and as such we do things, great things when we put our minds to it, but far too often we can be lazy.  We must be self starters, self “doers” and self finishers.

That Iron Isn’t Going to be Hot Forever

At some point you won’t be able to do things as easily as you once were able to.  Health, obligations, and other things are always going to leech your time away.  The time to move is now.  I like to use this sort of analogy when I realize I’m procrastinating.

The ball is in your court. 

Just like in sports, you have the ball for a short amount of time.  Either you’re going to make something happen, or someone stronger, faster, and more dedicated will strip you of it to further his agenda.

TL:DR: Shit or get off the pot.