What Happens If You Do It Anyway?

The alarm went off at 6 a.m. this morning. It’s actually an hour later than during the week, but it felt so early. Maybe it was because we stayed up late last night, maybe it was because it’s the weekend. Either way, the snooze button was pushed repeatedly.

We had to get up and go to the gym before some other items on our Saturday schedule, and that meant getting up a little earlier than normal. And I. Did. Not. Want. To. Go. Work. Out.

Did you catch that? Just in case you missed it - I didn’t feel like getting up and going to the gym this morning. My mind and my heart weren’t in it at all. What I really wanted to do was sleep a little longer and then drink coffee while I read my Bible. During the week I never feel like I’ve read enough or studied enough, so I was craving that study time.

So you know what I did? I went to the gym anyway. I got my workout clothes on, grabbed my bag and water and went out to the truck. I groused and grumbled the entire way there, and Danny did an amazing job of putting up with me and my attitude. (I will admit that he did make me laugh a couple of times.) By the time we pulled into the parking lot, it wasn’t really all that bad.

And I had an amazing workout. The machine room was completely empty, except when my husband came to join me for a bit. I was able to do my entire lower body routine without interruption or waiting for the next machine to be free. And then I had a nice long cardio time on the treadmill while I watched a women’s retreat speaker on my phone. I couldn’t have planned a better workout.

And I would have missed it all if I hadn’t gone. I wouldn’t have the satisfaction of knowing I did what I told Danny I would go do with him. I wouldn’t have worked up a really good sweat. I wouldn’t have had that time to just listen to God’s word without distractions. And I definitely felt it physically after all that work - and that was pretty great, too.

I don’t know what you have to do this weekend or in the coming week, but I pray you’ll go ahead and do it anyway. What happens when you do? Your mind gets some positive reinforcement, you get something important accomplished and your heart is ready to see what’s next! Be proactive in the days to come - do the thing anyway. Do. It. No matter what you try to convince yourself, there’s something amazing about doing something your mind said you couldn’t do.

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