Stalled? Stuck? Just sitting there parked in the driveway of life?
If you’re not currently compelled to take command of the wheel, shift into DRIVE, hit the gas and GO, there may be one step you require taking first:
Toss your feelings into the back seat and allow faith to ride shotgun.
Feelings have their place in your world, but they tend to be shaky companions in that they’re often dishonest and frequently distract you from the destination you’re aiming for by leading you on wild-goose chases that have you enduring dizzying heights one moment and devastatingly low plunges the next.
When they finally allow you to come up for air (possibly from under an empty bottle of some sort, a pile of discarded candy and snack wrappers, or maybe even another human being who it appears feelings may have convinced you to bring along for the ride) you take a look around, scratch your head and wonder how the hell did I get HERE?
Faith, on the other hand, knows where you’re headed and supports your efforts to get there by protecting you- the driver, from outside forces such as fear, doubt, and insecurity by overpowering them. Faith is fighting off the bad guys for you so that you can keep your eyes on the road, free from distraction, allowing you to arrive at your destination.
Convincing yourself to get ‘er done when you don’t feel like it means understanding that you don’t wait to “feel” like it, you DO IT BY FAITH.
I developed the mantra: “don’t think, don’t feel, just GET” and repeat it every morning (and throughout the day) when that alarm goes off and I inevitably begin to start thinking.
About whatever it is I’m about to talk myself out of accomplishing because I don’t feel like it. Repeating the mantra reminds me that there are times when it’s not conducive to my well-being to feel. I can ask myself how I feel after I accomplish whatever it is I’ve made my intention to complete.
Inserting this mantra nips the chaotic thinking (and subsequent feelings) and allows me to get.
What do I mean by “get”? I mean get going! Get up, get moving, get learning, get cleaning, get over yourself and GET doing whatever it is that you hear the still, small voice within you urging you to do that your feelings are trying to distract you from.
Faith blasts away feeling and assures you that taking action in the direction you’re being led will get you where you’re meant to be. If you are being led to do something, you already have everything you need to DO IT! Faith says: You’ve GOT this- you can’t get it wrong. There IS no wrong! There is only experiencing!
There is the mission: (your goal) the distraction: (your feelings) and your ally: (your faith) You WILL get to your destination, but first you’ve got to get out of PARK. Stop listening to any backseat drivers convincing you to wait until you feel like it, and just GET.