What is it about the human condition that we, in general, have to make things so hard for ourselves? We overthink and over-complicate the simplest things. We’re so moved by our emotions that we’re at the mercy of them. We’re slaves to our own drives. No wonder some people suggest we only use about 10% of our brains. This has to be the reason why.
What is so hard about tearing ourselves away from the drink, or the 5th cookie, or the bad date idea or correcting our addiction? Why is it so hard to do things we don’t want to do? Like go to the gym, or eat something healthy instead of a greasy burger, or attend a sober recovery meeting or – – – (insert meaningful behavior here) …
I’m not suggesting it’d be better if we were all robots, but emotions are certainly something that need to be harnessed. Their power to motivate in one direction or another is extremely annoying and frustrating. It’s one thing to feel one way or another about something, but it’s another thing entirely to be led around by that emotion.
How many times have we heard someone else say – “But, I knew better!”? How many times have we said that comment to ourselves? We feel regret, shame and disappointment because we acknowledge we had the power to do the right thing, but didn’t. Self-control. That’s an important word.
Life doesn’t have to be so – difficult. We always have the option to do the right thing. Why is it so hard to do it? Because we overthink … We talk ourselves into and out of all sorts of things when instead – all we need to do is come to a conclusion, follow through with it and then let it go.