#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?