Get to the OTHER Side
I hope it was a great month for you. Are you still on track with your goals and resolutions? Market research shows that by the second week of February, some 80 percent of those resolution-makers are at home with a new kind of remorse and disappointment staring back at them in the mirror. Why is it that such good intentions, like getting fit, losing weight and improving our lives, seems so elusive?
Unless you first change your mind, don’t expect your health goals to materialize. The unfortunate truth is that change, all change, entails some degree of emotional friction, which in turn generates a “heated state” we call stress. Whether you’re feeling anxious, depressed, frustrated, fatigued, weak and out of control, or simply bored, emotional friction (stress) becomes the high-octane fuel of failure. When it comes to handling the stress involved in change, many well-adjusted, happy, overweight, out-of-shape people share the fundamental problem of self-sabotage. Why? They lack self-discipline.
Essentially, you build self-discipline by willfully enduring the transient discomfort of changing who and what you are. You’re not born with self-discipline; you acquire it. Like a muscle, you need to develop your self-discipline muscle, one challenge at a time. Starting today, instead of reflexively feeling a need to minimize or escape the friction involved in change, recognize instead the need to endure it. Bottom line: Don’t bail now! Keep the faith – and the pace until you are on the other side of discomfort and well on your way to success.
Something to Think About
If you made it this far, you have outperformed 80% of your friends, family and peers. Great job! That’s amazing, and it’s just the kind of start that you needed to have your most amazing year ever!
It’s time for celebration! If you have stayed on track, treat yourself to a special day/ night this week doing something you enjoy, but don’t fall off track! Create a vision of what you really want, and hold that focus in your mind each day.
Words of Wisdom
Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. – Colin Powell
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. – Henry Ford
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. – Benjamin Franklin