The “I don’t want to, but it doesn’t matter” mindset

Working out. Science says we should do it, our parents tell us to do it, but most people, would rather work an extra hour at the office than do a set of ten push-ups.

Want to know a secret? The people who wake up and work out every morning – either now, or at some point in their fitness journey – do not want to work out either. They also hate being outside in the cold, and many prefer watching television to running, jogging, or doing any physical activity that may cause aches and/or sweat. It’s hard. It’s hard for everyone.

Something also they don’t tell you about working out regularly is the mindset that it can help produce. A “I don’t want to, but it doesn’t matter” mindset come from making the decision to do the things you know are good for you even when they are not the most appealing activities in the moment.

Learning to fight your instinct to avoid development challenges in preference for maintaining your current lifestyle when you want more out of life is key to finding success.

People who develop the mindset of “I don’t want to, but it doesn’t matter,” whether through working out or something else, gain an ability that will help them accomplish anything they set their mind to in life. They recognize that the one thing stopping most people from becoming the person they wish to be is themselves, and that all they have to do to rise above that barrier is take a single step in the right direction.

"I don’t want to, but it doesn’t matter” is not a cure-all for life. There are still going to be days when you wake up feeling as though doing literally anything else would be better than the tasks you’ve set for yourself. There are going to be a lot of those days, in fact, but again — that is a part of life. The resistance you feel is the same resistance everyone feels, and unfortunately it is too much for most people.

By refusing to let the resistance you feel deter you from working towards your goals each and every day you are already farther ahead in the journey to achieving your dreams than most ever reach. Most turn back at the first sign of struggle and settle into a life where struggle is minimal, but so are their achievements. 

If you want something more for yourself you have to face resistance and struggle head-on, which is a lot easier than you may think or feel right now. All you have to do is try. Wake up every morning and try. Put one foot in front of the other, then repeat, until you get to where you want to be. Some days will be easy, some days will be hard, but as long as you keep trying you will eventually get to where you are going.


James Shotwell is the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix. He is also the Film Editor for Substream Magazine, host of the Inside Music Podcast, and a ten-year veteran of the music business. You should probably follow him on Twitter.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.