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Screw Motivation, What You Need Is Discipline…

screw motivation

BY CAROLYN HANSEN

I say screw it because motivation can be so fleeting.

Here today, gone tomorrow...

Sure, getting motivated is the start, but if it’s not solidified into a discipline it usually fades away pretty quickly.

We often marvel at the athletes on television when the Olympic Games and other high level athletic events are on and admire the obvious self-discipline they must have to pursue and achieve their goals and dreams at the very highest level.

We look up to them and wonder how we can emulate them with our own life or health goals. Often we fail to realize that we actually have access to the very same tool that has gotten them to the top of their sporting ladders, and we can use that same tool to help us achieve our goals.

The most powerful mental tool that exists is called self-discipline and many people think it is something you either have or you don’t have.

What they do not realize is that we all have it and the only difference is that in some of us it is more developed or conditioned than in others.

Somehow in our modern day lives that word discipline can sound like a negative thing and mean we have to put ourselves out or get out of our comfort zone and that is something many of us do not want to do.

Yet that is a shame because developing self-discipline is something that will cross over in every area of your life and enhance everything you do. Discipline doesn’t sound like much fun but it’s how you see results.

That is why a plan of attack is so crucial. You don’t have to decide what you are going to do every single day when you wake up. You don’t have 100 different decision points.

You decide once to follow the plan and then wake up every morning and reference said plan. You’ve already decided you are going to do it. You don’t have to decide anymore, you just have to do it.

By creating routines you are not leaving it up to chance.

When you discipline yourself, it’s like programming a robot. There’s no more emotion involved. It’s simply “do this…then that.”

There is no doubt that being able to act and respond to your own mental requests with zero hesitation or procrastination will make you successful no matter what your goals in life.

Discipline is the bridge between your goal and success…and…the very interesting thing about self-discipline is that the more you use it the stronger it gets and the more you can benefit from its power.

No longer will you struggle with the ‘Will I or won’t I” scenario. Once you strengthen your self-discipline and it’s in good shape you will no longer have to muster up the energy to do the things you NEED to do rather than the things you WANT to do.

A journey to a health goal such as improving strength and fitness, losing weight or achieving a higher quality of health is made up of hundreds of small steps. Each exercise session, each healthy meal is just one of those steps.

But each time you perform one of those small steps you are actually working on and building your self-discipline.

Think of it like building a house, first you have to build the foundations, and then you start putting up the walls and finally the roof.

When you build your self-discipline “house” you will find it will keep you from falling off your journey’s pathway when times get tough (and they will).

It will bolster your automatic drive, focus and energy which will power you through those times when you do not feel like making progressive forward steps to your goal.

Your autopilot or cruise control will pick you up and keep you going when you need it most.

This skill of self-discipline is so powerful that when the dial is turned to “high” there is no way you can fail and it’s virtually impossible NOT to reach your goal.

So, be your own coach, get yourself going and start building your self-discipline “house” to ensure you reach your goals this year.

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