The last time you had a goal, or a dream in mind, what did you say to yourself? Did you say, “I hope to reach this goal”? Or did you say “I will accomplish this goal no matter what it takes”? There is no easy way around it, self discipline is the way to healthy habits.
You are totally in control over your thoughts. Your thoughts lead you to the words you say to yourself. These words then guide your behaviors or actions.
There are 2 types of activities:
- The things you like doing
- The things you don’t like doing
If one can learn to do the things they don’t want to do, then they can become capable of achieving the results they were dreaming of. As author Albert Gray says, “Successful people form the habit of doing things that failures don’t like doing”.
As a society we want the easy way or the short cuts. We look for the quick fixes or the get rich quick gimmicks. Because of this, many have the mindset that they don’t want to make the sacrifices needed to reach their dream. They don’t want to commit to the necessary hard work.
On the other hand, there are successful people who make the tough choices to improve their self-discipline. They make the sacrifices and do the things they do not feel like doing to achieve the success they desire. They are committed to doing whatever it takes to live their dreams.
Self-discipline starts with your thoughts. It begins with your belief that you can achieve anything you put your mind too. It is the key ingredient and number one trait needed for success. There are other words to describe self-discipline. Which word do you prefer? Sacrifice, commitment, or focus? Words like quick fixes and immediate satisfaction do not work here because self discipline is the way to healthy habits.