Do It Anyway: Conquering the Voice of Objection

by Patricia on

There is a poem, often attributed to Mother Teresa, which is an adaptation of the Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith (Accurate attribution is important!) that has inspired many a person to remember what matters and why:

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, People may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, People may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway.

For me today, the anyway is about…

I really want to just create ideas and let someone else implement them, however I do the implementation anyway.

I don’t enjoy doing data entry, yet if I do it right away it takes only a few minutes and so I do it anyway and it doesn’t become a pile that haunts me every time I see it.

I don’t get excited about exercise when I am thinking about doing it, yet I feel better if I do it, so I do it anyway.

Clean my house? Not fun. Yet I like a clean house and the clarity of order, so I do it anyway (confessing that sometimes it is just a little bit a time, it’s still getting done~).

I often think I have nothing to say that would be valuable and worthwhile to others, because it has all been said before. Yet my personal experience is that sometimes it is my perspective or style that connects with others, helps them hear it a different way, or hear it at the right time. So I write my blog post anyway!

When you’re thinking about something immoral, illegal or hurtful to another or yourself, that voice of objection is your heart or conscience steering you in a positive direction. Sometimes the voice of objection is my self-care voice, reminding me that sometimes I just need to stop, rest, BE in the NOW, appreciate life and what is around me by being present to it. Now those are times to follow the voice of objection!

However, when that voice of objection is an emotional tantrum of a child being defiant or the demand of immediate gratification, say thank you and then do the task anyway. Teach yourself the value of delayed gratification and experience the amazing outcomes that take time to manifest.

I invite you to make a list of all of your “I don’t want to…” items and review them. Choose your best interests and goals in the long run, your self-care (not self-indulgence) in the short run, and then do it anyway!

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Andrea Robinson June 1, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Wow, thank you for another insight!

Thank you for the poem and for your delightfully REAL list of “I don’t want to…” We’ve all had them.

I’m learning to reconnect with my original intentions when faced with things I don’t want to do, and you’ve articulated the process perfectly. When I don’t want to clean, I take a minute to connect with the feeling that I will have when I’m done and looking at the clean room. It’s going to be so clean, and I’m going to feel so good, that I get inspired to clean and I enjoy it.

After all, that was definitely my intention when I bought the house. I wouldn’t want to forget the feeling of wonder and excitement I had at the time.

Thanks so much for the reminder. I must admit that I was sinking into the doldrums again for so many tasks, overwhelmed and not knowing where to start.

I love your drill and will be using it a LOT in the upcoming weeks. Perfect timing.



Gia June 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm


This is a very inspiring post. As another wave of inner critic victory seemed imminent, I read this post and was able to squash it and proceed.
I loved your writing style and your reference to Mother Theresa’s words to set the tone of the post really struck a chord with me.

Thank you once again for the support through this post.



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