I’m not feeling it this morning. Ever felt like that, friend?
Normal folks are driven by feelings, they do what they feel like doing, when they feel like doing it. They make decisions in the moment based on whether it feels right or not. Excellence is the habit of the high performer. A strong BTL core informs who they are and, more importantly, who they’re becoming. An authentic opus (you have one when you feel it, btw) defines their destination. They’ve done the prep work within to inform their mind who they are today, who they’re becoming tomorrow, and where they’re headed. They have pre-loaded commitment. So, when they get up in the morning and aren’t “feeling it,” or they get to work and find themselves in “a bad place,” they don’t trust or act on those fleeting feelings. Who they are and what they’re aiming toward has already decided for them. They don’t think “woe is me,” they’ve already commited to “work on me.” Good.
Or, as Ole Epictetus said, “First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” Do the work within, friend. Preload. Prepare. Do what is hard now and life gets easier. Keep taking the easy, feel good road and eventually life is gonna get really hard. You choose. Your choices have consequences. I wasn’t feeling like writing this morning after a fairly sleepless night. I was feeling all woe is me, in this coronacrisis, and decided to work on me. I reminded myself who I am, where I’m going, and why it matters. I reminded myself that this is not hard labor which humans disdain as they tired. This is hard opus and I will sustain it as I perspire.
I’m better now. How you feeling? Good…