We all have those days where we just don’t feel like doing anything.  We’re too tired, unmotivated, and just want to take a day off from the grind – but what you don’t realize is that when you choose to do so, you’re setting yourself back. Instead of taking the day off, you can make progress by going through the motions.

So, should you handle those days when you’re just not “into it” and burned out from the daily grind?


Even if you’re exhausted and feel like you can’t do anything – tell your mind to shut up and just take action.  Whatever your action may be, even if its going through the motions, you need to make it happen.

When you take action, you trigger your brain into understanding that your laziness is not acceptable. You park your excuses deep down, reach out, and EAT THE FROG.

Don’t really want to do your work because it’s Sunday? Quit being lazy and get it done.

Tired and don’t really want to go to the gym to workout? Get up and go workout.

Don’t really want to get up and make your bed? Wake up and make your bed.

It’s simple. What you need to understand is that you can’t take today off – EVER. Just wait until tomorrow to take the day off and then tell yourself the same thing.

That’s because time is ticking. Every day that passes you by is an opportunity lost to become better. Be aware that you don’t have time to take the day off because your clock is always ticking. Once that time passes, you can’t make it back up. You only have 24 hours in a day to crush it and improve upon yesterday.

Ask yourself:

Do you really want to make that team? Don’t take the day off.

Do you really want a college scholarship? Don’t waste your time doing nothing.

Do you really want to win a championship? Don’t take the day off.

Do you really want to be a professional athlete? Quit resting and start working.

Don’t give in to that weak inner voice that tells you that “you’ve done enough” and you “deserve the day off”. Don’t give in to the immediate gratification. Understand that your competition is always working to pass you. EVERY MINUTE. EVERY HOUR. EVERY DAY. And, your clock is ticking.

Shut that inner voice up and tune it out. Don’t listen to it. Get up, make moves, take action, and move forward – even if it means going through the motions.

There’s a lot of people who scoff at going through the motions. But, you should go ahead and go through the motions. Put the weights at the gym in motion. Put your body in motion. Do your plyometrics. Do your speed training. Do your foam rolling. Put that game tape in motion and study your play or your opponent.

Make the right choice and do what you already know needs to be done. Build up that momentum and put your progress in motion.

Try it for one day and make a deal with yourself. Instead of sitting back on the couch with your feet propped up, get up and go through the motions. And if you still feel like you need to take a day off when you wake up the next day, then go ahead and take that day off.

Guaranteed you’re not going to need it.  Being tired is a state of mind. You won’t need that rest.

What you will realize is that your WANTING to rest is just what it is: a WANT. You’ll start to understand that your “wants” are just mental weaknesses – i.e. the easy roads, the cruise controls, the downhill trots. It’s the path of minimal adversity. That path never builds muscle. When you take the easy, downhill choice you’re leading yourself to adopting a downward mentality.

The downward mentality doesn’t make progress. It causes regress. When everyone else is getting better, you’re getting worse.  Instead – take action by going through the motions. Overcome your mental hurdles and continue on your upward path.  Stay on the path of progress, the path of purpose, and the path of building on your performance.

Change your habits and your mentality. And, no matter what you do:

Don’t choose the path of least resistance on days when you don’t feel like doing anything.

Instead – make progress by going through the motions.