When trying to make a significant change in our lives, it’s common for us to say
“this doesn’t work for me” before really fully implementing the change. Implementation of new habits or routines needs repetition. If you really want to change a behavior and create a new habit you really need to commit to doing it and repeating it for at least three months, then you’ll start seeing results and be able to decide if is working for you or not . After this trial period you can extend
your goal to 6 months, and you will find that is so much easier to stay consistent with your new behavior, because it will start to feel
like second nature. But if you really want to feel proud for your self-discipline and your accomplishments, commit yourself to a
whole year. A year is a significant amount of time. For example, when you are writing a professional resume it is not worth mentioning any activity that lasted for less than one year. So, when committing to new projects think about how you want your Life Resume to look? Being able to say I swam everyday for a few months, is not the same as being able to say I’ve been
swimming 2 times per week for a whole year. Consistency is everything.
Sometimes we are not in the mood to do what needs to be done, but in those moments we need to remember that it is not about how we feel, it is about something more lasting than a fleeting emotion. It is about achieving the best version of you…and that can’t be accomplished without effort and sweat. Brian Tracy in the Power of Discipline expressed that to live this principle you need to
“Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.” The result of applying this principle is finding some resistance and discomfort in the short term, but in the long term feeling better happier and prouder because you are doing something to achieve your highest potential.
So, prove yourself in whatever new behavior or habit you choose over a period of fixed time (3 months, 6 months, 1 year), to strengthen your muscle of self-discipline. Show yourself what you are capable of, you will be surprised by what you can achieve through repetition and consistency. Get yourself the desired result through 1 year of accomplishment and you will see a real
impact on your Life Resume and nothing is going to stop you.
Self-discipline is a heavy weight to lift, but as I once read somewhere: What do you prefer to carry? Pounds of discipline or tons of regret?