Have you ever noticed that the space between where we are and where we want to be is filled with stuff we don’t want to do?
As a procrastinator, I am really good at avoiding stuff I don’t want to do. I try to trick myself, saying I’ll get to it later. But then I don’t make progress getting to where I want to be. And the stuff I don’t want to do is still there.
What is required in these situations is discipline. Without some serious motivation it’s easy to avoid being disciplined, especially for a procrastinator!
A few years ago my lifestyle was turned upside down by my heart attack. I began eating very healthfully, quit drinking alcohol, and began exercising most days of the week. A health crisis can definitely propel a person into taking care of oneself.
Actually, it was all about control. My heart attack occurred because of a rare thing (my coronary artery tore) and after seeing specialists, I was diagnosed with a rare disease of the arteries. Months of fear and worsening news about my health pushed me into taking good care.
When all you can control is what you put in your body, and whether and how you move your body, being disciplined can come easily.
But now, a few years worth of health stability later, persistent discipline has given way to “I’ll do it later” and “Sure, I’ll have dessert.” Gradually I have eaten more junk food, exercised less and gained weight. And it doesn’t feel good.
So, it’s time to practice discipline and to work harder at the stuff I don’t want to do to get to where I want to be. This same idea can be applied to situations at work, to cleaning the house, to finishing a project or starting a new endeavor.
By focusing on the prize, where we want to be, and by focusing on the fact that we get to impact our place in the world, we gain the motivation and discipline to get there.
Ready? Good luck to us!