“The idea of doing what you need to do even when you don’t feel motivated to do it may seem unrealistic or out of reach. Yet you have applied the power of your will many times – doing what was necessary in school, at work, or at home whether or not you felt energized, interested, or motivated. Notice the sacrifices you have made and the persistence you have shown learning a sport or musical instrument, going to work each day, raising children, building a long-term relationship.
Recall any accomplishments that required patience and diligence over time – doing what you needed to do whether or not you felt like it – and apply that same willpower to the challenge at hand. Whenever you are tempted to give up, remember that you never have to take more than the next step – and be guided by the English proverb reminding you, “Often the last key on the ring opens the door.”
Dan Millman, in “Everyday Enlightenment”
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