I wake up early in the morning. I already decided to get up early, but my brain says just five more minutes. I begin to negotiate. Okay, five more minutes, but then I really do need to start my day. Five minutes pass. Maybe ten more minutes… Well, it’s already been five minutes, so another ten… I end up staying in bed longer, struggling to decide when I’ll finally get up.
What if I just got up?
My brain always wants to keep me safe and comfortable. Sometimes this means it will try to keep me in bed. Other times it means it will try to keep me from going after something I really want. My brain is scared and tries to talk me out of it.
The problem is when I decide to compromise and listen. My brain says you could do this next month. Next month really works better for me. Yet next month my brain will bargain with me again, and because I’ve already caved once, it will be harder not to once more.
Stop negotiating with your brain. It’s a practice that Tony Robbins talks about frequently. When you decide to do something, do it.
Don’t compromise. Get out of bed the moment you decided to, regardless of how many times your brain points out how relaxing it is to stay. Make yourself do what you decided, in spite of your brain telling you that you don’t feel like it, can’t do it, must do it another time. Start telling your brain that what you’ve decided on isn’t up for dispute. Train yourself to just do stuff anyways.
“I don’t negotiate with my mind. There’s no negotiation with myself. When I say ‘do it’ … I do it.” -Tony Robbins