56. Don't Get Weary in Well-Doing

Some days are easier than others, and some days you're just tied. Not tired, TIED. If my granny heard me say that, she'd say, "You're not old enough to be tired." I'm not arguing with that. I'm simply saying that there are times when you've had such an exhausting day that you just want to lay on the couch and do absolutely nothing except binge watch movies on Netflix.

Photo credit: Blake Danger Bentley

Photo credit: Blake Danger Bentley

 

There are days when you don't want to fulfill a commitment, but I know that consistency is the key. I understand that in many instances, you have to fight through the weariness, laziness, procrastination, and certifiable exhaustion from a long day. But how do you do that? How do you fight to keep working on a project when you don't feel like it,  or, in my case, finish that manuscript that has kept you occupied for two going on three years? 

Here's my advice:

1. Consider the costs of NOT following through with a commitment. 

Imagine how much further you'd be if you didn't delay action. Slow and steady proves to be fruitful, especially over long periods of time.

2. Get rest

No brainer, right? As Dr. Eric Thomas would say, "No one needs motivation getting sleep." And this is true. It's easier to sleep than work. However, no one is saying to never get rest. Rest the body, rest the mind, recharge, wake refreshed, and get to work.

3. Wake up earlier

This is something I've struggled with, but I found to be quite effective. To work earlier in the day means to get in more hours when you're fresh and wired for productivity. The only time this doesn't work is if you're a graveyard shift worker and overnight productivity is better for you.

4. Eat better and exercise

So cliche, I know. But, you'd be surprised how an energizing fruit and vegetable smoothie will pick you right on up. It picks me up. Just like doing a heart-pumping, blood-flowing set of push ups or squats.

5. Get Motivated

Sometimes a kick in the behind actually makes me want to get up and work. Dr. Eric Thomas, also known as ET the Hip Hop Preacher online, is one of the best for making you feel like an under-achieving waste of space that needs to get up and seize the day. 

I'm sure that there are other things that can help you find the spark within yourself when you're feeling sluggish and uninterested in working on whatever project you have going on in your life. But like the scripture says,

"Don't grow weary in well-doing, for in due season you shall reap if you faint not." Galatians 6:9

Yes, this may pertain to doing well for others, but what about doing well by yourself? You owe yourself a chance to live life and live it more abundantly, and the only way we'll be beneficial to others is if we learn to uplift and encourage ourselves first. Find a way to keep going so you can encourage others to do the same.  

You can do this.