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Learn to like it

There are many things in life that we have to do, or at least should do, whether we like it or not. When we don’t like to do it, it can be a dreadful, dreary task and difficult to get done. What would it be like if we could like more of the tasks we need to do?

When we like to do something, it doesn’t seem like it’s a ‘chore’. When we get some sort of pleasure from doing something, we are more eager to do it. So the goal is to make the tasks that we don’t like to become something that we like.

How? The first step is to determine what benefits you get from doing the task. For example, exercise is a great way to get into shape. For many people, the idea of going to the gym or running out in public is a daunting task. Focus on your goal for a moment - really fine-tune what it is that you want to achieve. Is it to be in shape enough that you can enter sporting competitions? Is it to be able to go on a walk with your children? Imagine what it is like to have already achieved your goal - what do you feel inside? What do you see and hear? Imagine the crowds cheering you on as you step on the podium, or the happiness from your kids who are excited that you can take them out for a hike. Hold that picture your in mind, watching yourself in a video of the end result of all your efforts today.

As you go out and work on your task, you may not enjoy it - at first. Sometimes it’s because we’re not very good at it yet. Maintain your focus on your end goal, the picture of you having already succeeded in achieving your goal. As time goes on, notice what you notice about yourself as you perform the task. Does it make you more energized? Are you able to focus more clearly? Does it give you time to think more easily? Does it relax you? What other benefits are you getting now by doing this task?

Whether it’s working out, cleaning the house, taking care of the bills, dealing with the paperwork, or whatever the task may be, you can find benefits you are getting now as well as the result of a future goal. Keep your focus on the benefits, and you may find that you actually do enjoy the task after all.