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#232: Do You Have Self-Discipline?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not." James Gordon

As with any addiction, and admit it, overeating is considered an addiction, we must arrive at the point where we admit we have a problem before decisive action to change can occur.

But simply wishing for change does not work. Positive change takes diligent effort and time. We must do what heretofore we have avoided -- changing our eating habits and exercising.

"Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do, and that often means living outside the limits of one's comfort zone." Jeff Olson

Sure, new things feel awkward at first. Remember learning to ride a bicycle? We started with training wheels on the back and Dad holding onto our bike. Then we graduated to riding without training wheels. Soon we were not only riding by ourselves but doing so without hands on the handlebars.

Every worthwhile effort begins at the beginning -- that first healthy meal, the first moments of exercise, the education through reading articles and blogs. But with continued persistence, all new things eventually become ingrained habits.

"Real glory springs from the silent conquest of ourselves." Joseph Thompson

This inner glory is what we experience when we overcome the baby steps of our journey to weight loss and better health. It is a glory that expands and radiates through us as we move on to bigger and tougher challenges and eventually overcome them.

Self-discipline. No one can provide this for us. It is something that needs to be bred deep in our souls and in our spirits and in our being.

"We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons." Jim Rohn

Don't let a faulty self-image derail your efforts to change. Don't look back six months or a year from now with regrets. Take it one meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time and soon you will reach levels of success you never imagined.

All it takes is the self-discipline to begin. To take that first baby step and to believe with all of your being that you CAN be a success.

It is something that once bred and nourished will grow to heap upon you the rewards of hanging tough and overcoming our basic inertia and resistance to trying new things.

But self-discipline, once practiced and honed to a sharp edge, will carry you to great heights of achievement. It will free your spirits to soar like eagles and your self-image to reach previously unknown dimensions.

Won't you start today?
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    Lou, I think there are at least three groups of people who are having problems with weight lose not just one as James Gordon suggest in his quote "It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not." James Gordon

    1. I agree some people are ready to change (mind set) and others are not.

    2. I agree it has nothing to do with will power alone. The second group has the mind set and true desire to lose weight but lack self discipline. Their self discipline is weak . You build your self discipline by getting up and keep trying till you make it and each little victory makes your self discipline stronger because your self esteem gets stronger.

    3. The third group can't lose with mind set or self discipline because they have medical issues that must be attended to in order for their bodies to burn the calories like it is suppose to do. If they get the medical support they need and have mind set and self discipline then they will lose like you are doing. I was on a beta blocker medication that caused me to gain 35 pounds and no matter what I done I could not lose weight. I was just taken off that medication after 17 years and put on another BP medication that is similar but different and I hope when the doctor takes me off my exercise restrictions that I will begin to lose .

    I wish losing weight was all about just mind set or self discipline but once thing for sure you must have both of those or no matter how well your body is functioning you will not get where you want to go.

    Just my thoughts on the subject. Have a nice day! Joy
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    Comment edited on: 2/17/2010 4:48:34 PM
    Great blog, Lou!
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    I have to say, Lou, that I think of all your blogs I have read, this has to be the BEST one. Thank you!
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    Encouraging message. emoticon
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