Combating the “I don’t like” syndrome

How do you make yourself do something you really don’t want to do? The answer may be to trick yourself into doing it by making your brain believe that it’s something you love to do and not something you need to do for the sake of doing it, well that’s what I thought. Been thinking this for a long time now, change the way you approach things. Some may argue change your attitude and you will be able to do something you really don’t want to do.

Sure you can do that, but for how long are you going to need to change your attitude or rather for how many times are you going to have to keep changing your attitude to make this concept work for you. You may want to “fake it to you make it” which could work for some, for others it may not work as there could be the problem of getting too involved and losing themselves in the task. Or you could try Amy Cuddy’s “fake it till you become it” but then the question arises would you want to become something that you didn’t like in the first place?

Face it doing something that you don’t like is downright draining mentality, physically and emotionally. You could try a few strategies to combat the “I don’t like” syndrome.

Strategy One: Mix it up

I learnt this strategy in a time management course. It involves structuring your activities which ever it may be into those that you like doing and those that you don’t like doing and mixing it all together. In this way you learn to draw energy from the things that you like and put this energy into the things that you don’t like. You may also want to identify when you are most creative and schedule tasks certain tasks according to your optimum creative period.

Strategy Two: Self-Assessment

Step 1: Find out what works for you and what does not work for you.

Step 2: Assess which activities you will consider doing even though you don’t like it and the activities which you definitely don’t want to be caught dead doing.

Step 3: Work out a strategy that will allow you not to perform these tasks. Keep in mind; consider all the pros and cons of your strategy.

Strategy Three: Calculated Changes

Assess how not doing the things that you don’t like will add value to your life or whether it will add additional value to your life. If you really don’t like what you doing, CHANGE what you CAN and forget about what you can’t change. As Gandhi says – Be the change you wish to see in the world. Why not be the change you wish to see in your world?

In conclusion, there will always be things that you don’t like to do, that need to be done but there’s always a way to change them and make it work for you. Situations can vary and it can definitely be hard to handle at times. Hold on, hang on and keep the Faith…

Authored By: Tiffany Isaacs

#Life #Combat #Attitude #How-to


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