You don’t have to like it
When I moved out of my parents home and into my own place, the first thing I did was hire a cleaner. I passionately hate cleaning so I wanted to avoid that at all costs. A lovely woman named Carol came to my little place and cleaned it up for me every week, it was the best money I spent. Every time I moved house the first thing I did was find a new cleaner in the area so that I didn’t have to do it myself!
When Mandy and I moved in together, she was well aware of my approach to cleaning and she was more than happy to use my cleaning money to buy a new pair of shoes or something like that each week. These days things have changed, I’m a big boy now and I clean all by myself! Mandy is still much better at it than me (I make sure I pull my weight in other ways) but despite my ongoing hatred of cleaning, I still do it.
I don’t vacuum the floor because I found a way to enjoy vacuuming, I vacuum the floor because I like living in a house with a clean floor. I accept the fact that vacuuming sucks (sorry, I couldn’t help it!) and I just get on with the job, because it’s worth it for the end result.
I’m also not fond of broccoli, yet I eat it pretty much every day now. I’ve given up on trying to find a way to enjoy eating broccoli and instead I focus on what I get out of it. I don’t eat broccoli because I like it, I eat broccoli because I like living in the body of someone who eats it.
When my little boy says “but I don’t like brushing my teeth” I tell him “that’s ok, you don’t have to like it, you just have to do it”. It’s the same for me with vacuuming and eating broccoli.
You don’t have to like it, you just have to do it.
You will enjoy the results so focus on that and treat the broccoli as a daily reminder that you are more than capable of making the right choice instead of the fun choice.
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