Saturday, November 7, 2009

Tell that little voice to "shut up"!

Some great advice my dad has been giving me since I was young was "any time you think that you can't do something, and anytime you get tired and you feel like you want to quit, and that little voice inside your head is telling you to give up, GET MAD! You tell that little voice to 'shut the hell up' and you keep going!" Great advice. And it really is that simple. I don't know why I can't seem to push myself to do what he says. Every morning there is a voice in my head telling me to stay underneath my covers. That is the same little voice that tells me it's ok to stay up until 2 am when I have class the whole next day. I need to learn to tell this voice to shut up.

My dad was telling me about how he was in the army and he was made to run alllll the time. He said the little voice used to get to him and make him want to quit, but after awhile he started to push it in the back of his mind, he told it to shut up, and he just went for it. He said to me, "I thought to myself: I'm not dead, I'm not hurt and bleeding, I can still run, so I told that little voice to shut up and I ran! And one day someone said to me, 'Ray, you just ran 10 miles'. I ran 10 MILES. And I could keep going. I went on to join a club for frequent runners and I logged 250 miles." That's what my dad did when he told the voice to shut up. What's my excuse? I'm too lazy to get out of bed in the morning. I'm too busy to take 30 minutes from my schedule to take a walk and get some exercise. I can skip this class, 1 wont hurt (which turns into skipping a week).

So I have decided it's time to tell my little voice to SHUT UP! What is really holding me back? I'm a student, going to class and studying is my JOB. I wont be in school forever. If I can get my homework done during the week then I will have the whole weekend to lay around watching The Office reruns.

Does anyone else feel like this? Tomorrow I will spend all day working and getting homework done, next week the little voice will be saying 'toodaloo' because it's time to grow up and live up to what I know in my heart I am capable of.

Who's with me?

Stay tuned!


Ana said...

I loved that entry! I fight my little voice all the time, and I've learned that the hardest part is getting started. My goal this semester was to wake up early everyday, and I've pushed myself so hard, that now it's not even an effort. I naturally wake up at 7 am even on weekends! It was super super super hard to do this at first but with practice it worked!
So, I can totally identify with your entry... and your dad is a very wise man! Great advice!