Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Self discipline

Whatever it is you want to achieve in your life, it will require some self discipline.  You will need to develop the habits that foster the results you want to see.  But how do we create self discipline.  First you have to decide what it is you want to do.  Do you want to exercise everyday or drink more responsibly?  Do you want to write your story or sell more products?  Then you need to have a good enough reason that will motivate you when you really don’t want to follow through.  Make this motivating factor strong enough that you can’t do anything but follow through.  If you are overweight and unhealthy, think about the fact that you could have a heart attack and not see your children graduate.  Keep this thought front and centre.  If your goal is financial in nature, ask yourself why you want it.  Is it just to have more stuff or is there a really good reason?  Perhaps you want to help your family or be able to donate more to a cause that is close to your heart.  Perhaps you want to buy a house so your kids finally have a place that really feels like home.  Perhaps achieving your goal will give you the confidence in yourself that you’ve been lacking because someone made you feel inferior.  Once you have a strong motivating factor it is much easier to follow through with the actions that become the habits leading you to success. 

Remember that no matter what you want, what habit you are trying to groom, or result you need, you can achieve it with the right motivation to keep you disciplined.  This isn’t about sacrifice as much as having a better reason.  If you are trying to lose weight and think that giving up cookies and pastries is a sacrifice, then you don’t have the right motivation.   You need to see the cookie and think about how good you will feel and how much healthier you’ll be, not to mention all the energy you’ll have to do the really great things in life.  Suddenly the cookie doesn’t look so appealing.  

Have a great day and find the motivation that will keep you on track!  If you need help setting goals or keeping on track, a life coach can be tremendously helpful.  

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