You may have noticed that I am especially interested in the psychology of behavior change.
Why is it so hard to do, and continue doing, some things- even the things we think, and say we want to do? It turns out there are probably many subtle reasons that conspire against us to prevent behavior change, among them, is our mind.
Bestselling author, speaker, and therapist Marisa Peer has an intriguing TED talk on reaching beyond your limits by training your mind. In it, she describes how to achieve your goals and beyond by collaborating with your mind. She states that our brains will only follow through on the things we genuinely want to do. Our minds are hardwired to go towards pleasure and away from pain, toward the familiar and away from the unfamiliar.
So when we start to dread doing something and say to ourselves, this is going to be hard or unpleasant our mind does whatever it can to stop us, like procrastinating. To do those things you want to do but are currently not doing, you need to convince your brain you want to do them.