“Can’t is the cancer of happen” – Charlie Sheen
I’m going to go back and retrace the roots of my blog and talk a little bit more about discipline. Last time I discussed some simple ways to make the world around you better. Making environmental changes such as selling a game that takes up too much of your time or hiding all the matches in your house to help you smoke less. These are important little tricks you can use to assist yourself, but discipline is key.
While it is great to change your environment to complement the changes you wish to accomplish, it’s also important to remember the discipline involved. It’s not efficient to use one trick while avoiding another, it makes things unnecessarily complicated in the long run. If you want to lose weight, you need to have the mental toughness to go through with it. You need to constantly remind yourself why you want to lose weight and make appropriate sacrifices. The environmental change you can do is buying only beneficial food or walking to the store. The mental discipline involved is to stay focused on your diet /exercise plan and avoid using the car when possible. This goes way back to my early updates about staying positive and believing in yourself. This thought alone can cause a lot of change subconsciously that will help you gain the confidence and ability to push through tough times.
There are a few mental tricks that can help you gain an extra edge in conquering an important task, such as losing weight or quitting cigarettes. Setting up mini goals and imaginary prizes in your head can definitely help. For example, when I did my set of squats and felt like I can’t go anymore, I told myself something like “Okay, if I do one more, I’m going to win the Golden Gloves!” Discipline helps consistency. Of course, after a little while, once the discomfort is gone, the newly found discipline will form a new, positive habit. After all, this blog deals with putting yourself in uncomfortable situations in order to develop desirable habits. I’ll leave a short poem from lyrist Ira Gershwin for encouragement. Enjoy!!
They all laughed at Christopher Columbus
when he said the world was round.
They all laughed when Edison recorded sound.
They all laughed at Wilbur and his brother
when they said that man could fly.
They told Marconi, wireless was a phony—It’s the same old cry.
They laughed at me wanting you, said I was reaching for the moon.
But oh, you came through. Now they’ll have to change their tune.
They all said we never could be happy, they laughed at us and how!
But ho, ho, ho! Who’s got the last laugh now?