Yesterday I was reminded that my mind can be my biggest asset or worst enemy depending on how I use it or where I let my thoughts lead me … When it comes to accomplishing goals, I can either harness my mind into discipline or let it wonder into laziness. It is possible to overcome temptation and choose self-discipline … it just takes determination and practice.
It’s All in Your Mind
The true and lasting change you can experience through a disciplined mind is amazing. It seriously fills me with awe when I think about how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time simply by committing my mind to discipline.
There will always be excuses and reason not to pursue your goals. That’s just life. We’re always looking for an easier way to do things and that’s why we buy gadgets from infomercials and why we’re constantly on the look for 10 quick steps to skinny. The fact is that there really isn’t a super shortcut to being healthy.
Change Can Happen Quickly … You Just Have to Try.
The good news is that it actually doesn’t take that long once you commit to it and habits will form that make it easier to be healthy. For example, I completed my first half marathon in May and unfortunately, I strained my hip flexor. That meant that I couldn’t run for 3-4 weeks.
What’s funny is that before accomplishing the goal of a half marathon, I probably would have welcomed the break from running. Instead, I felt sad that I couldn’t run and discouraged because I didn’t want to lose the momentum I had worked so hard to gain. Fast forward a month later and I’m now just starting to run again. Physically, I feel like I’m pretty much starting from square one but mentally I still have the discipline to run a great distance.
It’s the same with eating Paleo. I might take a break for a special occasion but I always go back to that way of eating because I’ve experienced the benefits first hand and have the discipline to get back to my routine. Sure it’s hard sometimes. It’s especially hard if you wait a long time before getting back into your routine but it’s still much easier once you’ve created a habit.
Perspective is Everything
It doesn’t matter how far you have to go before accomplishing your goals or what others around you are doing. It’s all in your mind. You can choose to move forward to success or you can prolong your journey and make things harder on yourself. It takes sacrifice but you are stronger than you think. You’re strong enough to surprise yourself. Go ahead, give it a try and see what you can really do.
It’s all about perspective.
You’re stronger than you know.
P.S. Happy birthday shout out time! It’s Daniel’s birthday today!! I love you, Daniel Clay.