17 April 2012

The final key to creating the change you want in your life

4 months on and the resolutions have long since faded. Or have they? If you're one of the 5 percent of people who's making that wanted change in your life, it comes down to an important attribute...

Disciplined action.

Dreaming about what you want is wonderful ...
Making a decision to commit to that dream is vital ...
Taking disciplined action to make it happen is absolutely critical.

Discipline is a term that can often make people feel trapped. Discipline is the enforcement of order. It's often thought of as hard work, mental willpower and persistence. And that can make people uncomfortable. It can feel like you're being forced.

But here's the thing. Discipline can actually liberate you and make it easier to do things. Sound like a paradox?  Yep, it is. And you can use it to your advantage.

I dreamt of one day being fit (and maybe even losing a few kilos). I decided to join an exercise class in January. And I'm still going to bootcamp 3 times a week 4 months on, not because of massive willpower (which conjures up loads of hard thought and effort) but due to the simple and easy disciplines of automating my alarm, getting my exercise gear out the night before, and just going. It doesn't take any thinking, just doing.

Disciplined action is about doing what you need to, irrespective of what's happening around you. In fact, it requires that you don't think too hard about what you're doing (in case you talk yourself out of it) but simply doing the thing you need to do. Get up, put on gym shoes, jump in car and drive to class. No thinking, just disciplined doing. It's easier 'cos there's no debate, no thinking of options, and no way out. As Nike says, it's simply 'Just do it'.

If I stopped to think too hard about how cold the mornings are getting, or how early it is, or how tired I am, I wouldn't do my gym class. As the old saying goes, successful people do what unsuccessful people don't want to do. Perhaps successful people have trained themselves to do things without debate, argument or question. They've already decided it's worth doing. Now, they just do. Disciplined action.

I just get up, go to class and get fit. I have lost weight, and increased my health and vitality. Not because I have willpower. But because I just do.

What do you need to just do!