We are still in the throes of a global pandemic. It’s been over a year, and motivation levels are not high, let’s face it.
The Frozen movies contain much wisdom, and if you’ve seen the latest one, or have attended a children’s party recently, you might know the song ‘The next right thing’. If somehow your life has yet to be sprinkled with this particular fairy dust, don’t worry. I found it for you:
“How to rise from the floor, when it’s not you I’m rising for?
Just do the next right thing.
Take a step – step again.
It’s all that I can to do the next right thing.
I won’t look too far ahead, it’s too much for me to take –”
Alright, calm down. Dry your eyes; it’s only a story! But it feels quite relatable, doesn’t it? For me, the message is: when you feel like you can’t do anything, do one thing. When you feel like you can do a few things, try and do just one more. This was actually the greatest thing I learned from having a personal trainer a few years ago. You can always do more than you think, but you’ll have to prove it to yourself before you believe it. The first one has to be a leap of faith.
Let’s hear that again, it’s important:
When you can’t do anything, you can do one thing.
When you can’t do any more, you can do one more.
I’m convinced this is how we get ourselves out of ruts. The beauty of it is that we don’t have to want to do it, or think we deserve it, or anything that involves conscious thought and slows us down. We just have to remove all the drama and options and make it one of our personal principles. We are the sort of person who, however bad and empty and uninspired we feel, will always try to do one thing, just because it’s who we are!
Full disclosure: I almost didn’t post at all today because I didn’t feel like I could do anything. But then I thought of this, and suddenly knew it: I could do one thing.
Next time you feel like you’ve done enough, or you can’t go on, show yourself you’re able to do one more.