Today is going to involve a little experiment. You may need to search the house or your phone to complete this though…so let’s get to goal hunting.
First, I need you to take out those spiral notebooks where you write ideas, goals and the occasional grocery list. If you’re anything like me, these notebooks litter your house to the point where you feel like you should probably be planting a few trees a year…
Now, go through them and take a look at the GOALS you wrote down over the past year or two. The BIG question is:
HAVE YOU MET YOUR GOALS?
I realize a lot of people on this blog are here because you accidentally stumbled upon it while Googling (thanks adwords!) and you thought you would check it out for health and fitness advice right? Goals can pertain to a lot of other areas though. The most interesting thing is that people who are truly DISCIPLINED (pay attention to the word) are more successful overall. Thank you Brian Tracy. So read on to figure out how you can reap the benefits and be a goal-getter.
DISCIPLINE is a word that has developed a negative connotation. People don’t want to discipline their children….so we swim in a culture of young adults who believe they don’t have to actually work for anything, but that’s a totally different blog post.
The discipline I am referring to is self-discipline. Let’s put this in the context of weight loss, as many people do have that goal. The question is why to some succeed where others continuously fail? DISCIPLINE.
Here is an eye-opening fact: willpower is futile and worthless. There really is no such thing. You cannot depend on the elusive willpower to help you lose weight. Willpower will free like a frightened weenie dog at the first upset of a schedule, and yet we blame lack of willpower for an inability to lose weight. Or worse, we claim others have the willpower gene…which is also non-existent, so feel free to pop that excuse bubble and move on now.
Motivation does little more than get you off the couch. I LOVE motivational videos and speakers. I can get all fired up to workout after a really good Nike commercial
You may even find me running after one of those…..but motivation won’t carry you that far.
See, we also like to BLAME motivation. I wake up at 3:50 a.m. 6 days a week to workout and I’m always told, “Wow, that takes some motivation.”. NO. It takes discipline. If it were motivation, those NOT willing to put in the time could simply blame a lack of motivation. How on earth do you fix a lack of motivation? Have you ever thought about that? Motivation is a positive reaction to something…..sometimes, we just don’t feel positive. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t wake up and think what I do is STUPID…it’s not motivation.
So, what about inspiration? I view inspiration as what we give to others. It’s the light in each of us that we allow to shine into others lives so they feel like they really are worth something. That’s why I love speaking engagements and getting to meet people. Inspiration is a 2-way street, but it isn’t what helps you reach your goals.
So, are you doomed to continue filling spiral notebooks and watching fitness commercials until the end of your days with NOTHING to show for it?
Step 1: Ditch the excuses.
Step 2: Develop self-discipline.
This is why we don’t like self-discipline:
- It’s hard.
- It’s not something that ANYBODY is born with.
- It requires change in our habits.
- It might make us uncomfortable.
- It might make others uncomfortable (hint: it does if you’re doing it right)
- We cannot blame ANYBODY else.
- It requires us to take ownership.
- It requires work and effort….and lots of it.
Successful people are disciplined people. If you have not found success, check your discipline! Do you want more, or are you content lying low in the background? Successful people have more to give and more is expected. Success is not the drive….discipline is the drive. Develop the discipline needed to reach ANY goal and you cannot fail! Fail to develop discipline and you are left with nothing other than wish lists in spiral notebooks….
Motivation vs. Discipline. It is determined in your attitude.
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