Leadership, Life Style

Do What You Hate

You can learn to love what you hate. I believe doing what you don’t like is the key to having what you love. You may not believe me but read along for the next couple of minute to see if this is true. At the very least, you can let me know how I am wrong in the comments.

Oatmeal Is Gross

I hate oatmeal, sweet potatoes, brown rice, skim milk, and black coffee. Can’t stand them! BUT, and this is a big BUT, I have learned that I need to do what I hate if I want to enjoy what I love.

Years ago, I read starting your day with oatmeal is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. After that, I broke my habit of pop tarts, or waffles and syrup, or sugary cereal, and began eating oatmeal. At first, I disliked it. I was motivated by avoiding health problems. Over time though, I started to enjoy it.

Even though I don’t like these other food items I mentioned, I started eating them as well. Over time I trained my taste buds and mind to look forward to healthy satisfying food instead of the immediate gratification and delayed regret that comes from junk.

Have What You Love

You know what else I don’t like? I don’t like waking up early to work out and missing out on TV, sports, and movies to work on a budget. With these things, just like the healthy food I mentioned, momentum is created when I begin to do what I hate. Doing the right thing is intrinsically satisfying PLUS you get the fantastic results.

“If we keep doing what we’re doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.”

Steven Covey

If you are going to have what you love in any area, then you are most likely going to have to do what you hate at some point to get there. Making changes is hard. The best kind of results are not immediate. Eventually, you will love the results, and you won’t want to go back. In the meantime, you may need to toughen up, do what you hate. I believe it is the price of admission for achieving your most meaningful goals.

Do what you hate and let me know what you think!

Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

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1 thought on “Do What You Hate

  1. Totally agree! We all want the desire to want to eat healthily, work out, etc. Most of the time discipline precedes desire. Through discipline, we begin to develop the desire. That process, almost everytime, includes doing what you hate.

    The other part I loved was recognizing we are switching from an immediate gratification mindset. Instead of making the result the goal we should make the goal falling in love with the process that produces the results. We usually hate the process and only tolerate it long enough to get the result. Fall in love with the process and the results become an ongoing byproduct.

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