If Something’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing It Every Day
We often do things that we know are not helping us. Things like procrastinating, wasting time, not taking action, etc.
The problem is this: Most of us know what we should do.
But very few of us act on what we know.
The excuses are endless: I’m tired, I have no money, my parents are annoying, my country sucks, there are no jobs available. Those are some of the excuses I’ve used in the past.
We don’t act because we lack drive, passion, heart, self-motivation, and discipline. And because of that, we limit our potential.
One person who does act is Mat Fraser, winner of the 2017 & 2018 CrossFit Games. He came in second two years in a row at the CrossFit Games of 2014 and 2015, the Olympics of their sport. But when I saw him on video, I noticed one thing. It wasn’t his physique or strength — but his mindset. He was very calm.
But how on earth can you be that way? How can you wake up every morning and train your ass off for years without being rewarded for it? That’s what I thought.
When I recently saw a video series about him on YouTube I finally found out why. Fraser said:
“It’s those moments [when you feel down], that you have to trust the process. Stay on your grind. Things aren’t going well? Make them go well. Why are they not going well? Am I not getting enough sleep? Is my diet off? Am I traveling too much? You’re in control of those things. Make the changes.”
He speaks about the voice in his head. We all have one. However, for all of us, the voice is saying something different. Maybe your voice says that you suck, or that you’re too old, or too young, or whatever. It doesn’t matter.
What matters is that you must take control over that voice and steer it in the right way. The way of the process. We all deal with self-talk. Isn’t it better to use it as a self-motivation tool?
Self-motivation is a process.
What Fraser says about trusting the process, is the epitome of self-motivation. It reminds me of what journalist, author, and Aikido practitioner, George Leonard, writes about in his book Mastery:
“Perhaps we’ll never know how far the path can go, how much a human being can truly achieve,until we realize that the ultimate reward is not a gold medal but the path itself.”
If you haven’t read Mastery, it’s a fantastic book that contains a life’s worth of wisdom about learning, work, habits, and happiness. Leonard draws lessons from Zen Buddhism. And I think that trusting the process/system is one of the greatest Zen lessons there is.
It’s what Mat Fraser relied on to become a Cross Fit champion. It’s also what Leonard relied on to become a celebrated journalist and author.
What does trusting the process look like in daily life?
You might think, “this is great and all, but how can I use this in my life?” One of the things I often hear is that people lack motivation. I hardly write about motivation because I don’t believe in that concept. Motivation implies you need an external source to spark action. We say, “I don’t have motivation.”
Why is that? What are you waiting for? Motivation is something you generate by yourself through self-talk. By that definition, everyone HAS motivation — you just have to strengthen it.
For example, I invest at least 2 hours a day on my mental strength. I do that by reading, journaling, doing thought exercises, and everything else that’s part of productivity system.
I trust my system because when I follow the steps, the result is always the same: Happiness, success, focus, purpose, calm.
- Do you complain a lot? Don’t be surprised if you’re unhappy.
- Do you never work out? Don’t be surprised if you’re tired.
- Do you dread working hard? Don’t be surprised if you can’t get a job.
We can’t expect good things to happen without doing the right things. Especially champions like Mat Fraser keep reminding themselves that they must do what they know and trust the process.
Because without it, we’re all lost. When you consistently invest in yourself and make small steps forward, you’ll find success. That’s what systems are here for.
So I want to challenge you. Ask yourself: “What’s one good thing that I know, but don’t do?”
Journaling? Exercising? Reading? Learning? Writing? Etc. Then, start doing it. And keep doing it every day.
Because if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing it every day.