New Years Inspiration

Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.

New Year Celebrations are upon us.  And with them, the New Years Resolutions.

Which is nice.

But as we ALL KNOW...

The inspiration wanes and the motivation weakens.

That's why the gyms are less crowded in February already.

Why do people stop?

I think one HUGE part of the problem is this:

The culture we live in assumes you should FEEL like doing something before you do it.

Our society and even the purported spiritual gurus pretty much act as if the whole key to life is to FEEL right.  As if you have to first 'get yourself into the right state', 'be excited' or 'motivated' or 'positive' or 'optimistic' BEFORE you move a muscle to do some good for yourself.

Bull S***.  Excuse my French.

You DON'T NEED to feel like doing something in order to DO IT.

I don't usually go in for corporate-fandom, but I'd say Nike has it right with this one.

Just Do It.

Stop making excuses about how you're not inspired anymore. Stop whining about how you don't have enough positive thoughts about it. Just f***ing DO IT.

That's how it works.

Here's what Aristotle said...

...the virtues we get by first exercising them, as also happens in the case of the arts as well. For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them, e.g. men become builders by building and lyreplayers by playing the lyre; so too we become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
— Aristotle
  • You don't have to feel like exercising to just start jumping up and down.
  • You don't have to feel like reading to open a book and start looking at the first line.
  • You don't have to feel like eating vegetables to grab some, put them into your mouth, chew, and swallow.

Feel like it or not, you can do it!

If it sounds like I'm worked up, it's because I am.

See, this whole notion of needing to feel like it first is an unnecessary barrier to people improving their lives.

A Spirituality That's Gender-Literate

I think this huge focus on feelings stems from gender-illiteracy within our culture in general, and within the spiritual-not-religious movement in particular.

By gender-illiteracy I mean ignorance about the masculine and feminine aspects of life and the masculine and feminine aspect of spiritual energies.

I believe a symptom of this gender-illiteracy is an over-valuing of the feminine aspects (things like receiving, allowing, the inner life of thought and emotion, etc.) and undervaluing the domain of the masculine (effort, struggle, the outer life of action, etc.).

People are being told to look to the power of thought as if that's the only way anything gets done around here.


We Live In A Physical World

The old cliche about 'you're a spiritual being having a human experience?'

We're in the HUMAN EXPERIENCE part.

That's WHY Just Doing It Still WORKS!

The fact is also that: once you've just started, once you're up and at 'em, knocking it down, you probably ARE going to feel better about it.  (See the gender-literacy there?  Both masculine and feminine approaches, working in concert.  But we're not being unbalanced here, and saying one is more important than another.  They're both crucial; they both have their place.  We need both masculine and feminine, and to understand both, and how they work together.)

But first, tell you what.

Get ready to NOT feel like it.

Because the time WILL come.

And when you're ready for that and STILL DO IT, feel like it or not...

  • In February, you'll still be crushing it at the gym.
  • In March, you'll still be pounding that project forward.
  • In April, you'll be looking at a new, improved person with new skills and new accomplishments.

Not because you felt like improving yourself.  But because you just did it, feel like it or not.

Don't Wait To Feel Like It

Just show up and get to work.

And you'll feel better afterwards.

Live the creed, Firekeepers.

Siena & Toast