Doing What You Don’t Want To Do

Recently I watched a movie called THE GREAT DEBATERS. The movie was so inspiring as it conveyed a very strong message that despite facing seemingly insurmountable difficulties, a person can still be victorious at the end.

There were many examples in the film which demonstrated the strength of the human spirit. It showed how  people who had all the odds against them were able to reach extraordinary goals just by pushing through and not giving up.

One line stands out in my mind which in my view inspires and propels us forward to do the things that we may not always want to do.  The idea was as follows: YOU MUST DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO DO WHAT YOU WANT.

Many students tell me that the materials they are studying are overwhelming and they feel that they cannot get through the readings. They are anxious and afraid that they will not have enough time to complete the work, and therefore not be successful at the exam.  This way of thinking unfortunately sets  them up for defeat even before they started to study.

I believe that by changing the perspective of how we see difficult situations, we can actually alleviate it’s gravity. That is why I love the idea that YOU MUST DO WHAT YOU NEED IN ORDER TO DO WHAT YOU WANT.

When we approach studying lengthy materials or difficult concepts with an idea that we must do something that may not be very pleasant (like studying) in order to do something that we really want to do (such as practicing law), then the task becomes that much easier. In fact we may even find pleasure in doing the task since we know that there is a great reward at the end of the journey.

So next time you are faced with difficulties, just turn the situation around and remember that by doing something you really DON’T want to do, will ultimately allow you to do what you really want to do.