In last week's post, we talked about the importance of 'WHY'. The primary idea was that you need to have some driving force behind the changes you want to make in your life, and this begins with getting to the root of "why" you want those things to change.
Regardless of whether you want to lose weight, get educated, get promoted, or any other worthwhile ambition, if you don't have a solid "why" to anchor your efforts, it will be ten times harder to achieve your desired goal.
Today we are going talk about making a decision.
Sounds pretty simple, doesn't it? You have your goal. You have dug down and found the real reason behind it. Now all you have to do is decide to do it.
Here is the crux of the matter: You have got to decide TO DO IT.
I don't mean that you're going to decide that you want to, or that you need to, or that you will try...but that you WILL. Saying it or even thinking it any other way is poisoning your own efforts.
You can't leave room for doubt or those little lies we like to call excuses.
I want to, but...
I need to, but...
I would, but...
The only "but" that matters is the one you are sitting on. You have got to get off your butt and do it. No if's, and's, or but's allowed. You will or you won't. It's just that simple!
If you give yourself an out when things get tough, you will take it. So, leave no room for compromise within yourself.
Making a clear decision is the first step in developing one of the traits that all the greats throughout history have shared, and that trait is discipline.
One of my favorite quotes from A. R. Bernard goes:
"All change begins with a decision. Once the decision is made,
discipline becomes the bridge between desire and accomplishment."
Once you have your "why", it will be time to make your decision on what you will use that emotional force to work towards.
My challenge for you this week:
Take some time this week to sit down and bridge your goal to the choice that will result in consistent action.
What is your long-term goal? Be specific. Make it real by writing it down.
Tie your goal to your why. Remember, you 'why' is a compelling reason for your goal.
Write it out. I will ______ because _______.
Read it to yourself every morning and every night until it becomes a constant part of your thoughts without any room for doubt.
Remember, you will or you won't and the choice is yours alone.