Gandhi didn’t WANT to starve himself nearly to death, but he was called to by a greater cause.*
Abraham Lincoln did not WANT to break his engagement with his eventual wife Mary, but he was called to do so because he was unable to provide for her and a family at the time.*
General George Patton didn’t WANT to order the death, injury, and loss of 6,603 American lives by storming the beaches of Normandy, but he did to win the war.*
*NOTE: These are assumptions of course as I do not personally know these three leaders.
Often life calls upon us to do things that we don’t want to do or that make us feel uncomfortable or that we just plain dislike doing. This is life testing us. This is life asking us to step up to the plate.
The way I see it there are three ways to handle these situations.
1. Don’t do the thing.
2. Whine, complain, moan, fight, and do it anyway.
3. Mentally engage, lean in, and use it to become better. Make a game of it. Use it as a gauntlet to strengthen yourself.
The solution lies within your mind and fortunately for most of us we have sole control of that piece of machinery, even though it may not always seem that way.
We are currently faced with many things we don’t “want” to do, but very likely would benefit greatly from doing. Well, you have three options, my vote is for number 3.
What option will you choose?