Lies We Tell Ourselves
Sometimes our minds will lie to us.
We believe these lies.
Think about a lie you’ve told yourself.
- I never complete anything.
- I always forget things.
- I could never talk in front of a group of people.
- I’ll never lose weight.
- Going to the gym is just not my thing.
- I hate writing.
- I could never write every day.
- I can’t ride a bike.
Remember the things you couldn’t do?
- Driving a car
- Getting dressed by yourself
- Graduating school
- Passing a test
- Moving past a C to a B and to an A in a difficult course
If productivity is about doing things you’ve never done before – how productive are you really?
“Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.” ~ Franz Kafka
You’re working on being more productive, right?
It’s why you chose to read this post.
It seems being more productive is on everyone’s mind.
BUT, just because it’s on everyone’s mind doesn’t mean we’re productive, does it?
Do What You’ve Never Done Before
I Can’t Exercise, I’m Just too Overweight
When I was pedaling away on my therapy bike each morning feeling defeated and like a failure at health, I didn’t even consider getting on the elliptical. I told myself… I’m too fat. I can’t do 5-minutes. I’ll lose my breath. Even if I do, It won’t do any difference. I’ve failed in the past. I’ve started strong and then quit. BUT…
Today, I work out daily for 30-minutes.
Is it a struggle? Yes.
Do I lose my breath? Sometimes.
Have I skipped days? Yes.
Here is something I didn’t do before (daily working out on the elliptical) that I can now do. So, was what I was telling myself true? At the time maybe.
I Can’t Write Daily
- I’m burned out on writing.
- I’m no good at it.
- I was fooling myself – you can’t write.
- I can’ think of anything to write.
- 500 words a day? That’s so much.
In July, I decided to participate in a daily blogging challenge. I wrote (just about) every day. Sometimes I would cut it close at just about midnight, but I did write. I even wrote more than 500 words on some days.
I Could Never Speak In Front of People
I’m an introvert so I’m always telling myself I can’t talk to people.
I’m uncomfortable talking to people. It’s not that I can’t.
Actually, I’m quite capable of talking — just ask my family. 😉
In college, I had to take a speech class. I spoke a number of times in front of the class because I had to. So, the notion that I CAN’T was false.
I didn’t want to, it made me feel uncomfortable, judged, on display, embarrassed, but I am able to speak in front of people.
- What lies are you telling yourself?
- Do you tell yourself that you’re unproductive?
- Can you do something for 5 minutes?
- Can you do something for 5 days?
I’m sure you can.
Keep adding onto that and before you know it, you’re doing something you were previously unable to do.
The other day, as I was spending time with God two little words, reared their ugly heads.
“I can’t” statements started flooding my mind, BUT, God reminded me of Philippians 4:13.
“I CAN do ALL things through CHRIST which STRENGTHENS me. King James Version
How many times a day do you catch yourself saying “I Can’t”?
When you do, simply stop and tell yourself You Can and repeat Philippians 4:13.
Ready to get work?
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P.S. I’m joining my friend Michelle’s Extreme Traffic Adventure. If you have time, want to join us? She’s simplified the challenge this time around into 15-minute daily actions.