Where there’s a will, there’s a way. It’s easy to do whatever it is you want to do when you’re motivated. Unfortunately, when you’re demotivated, these same tasks can prove to be extremely difficult. How do you transition to the right behaviors? There’s a few things you can do and it’s our mission to help you with the following:
What’s the right thing for you? Get clarity on what the right things for you to do are. You can’t discipline or correct course if you don’t know what to change.
Treat motivations as input. What does your mind want? What do your emotions want? What does your body want?
Decide up front. This is the key. Decide on your behaviors beforehand. Once you’re in the thick of things, it’s easier to react than respond. You can respond more effectively if you’re already committed to a decision.
Ask yourself questions. Get in the habit of asking yourself “What do I want to do?” and “What’s the right thing do to?” What you want to do is your motivation and choosing what’s right for you will take discipline.
Make motivation work for you. Discipline lights up your way, but motivation is your fuel. Progressively shape your thinking, feelings and actions until they become habit. You can start a question or thought at a time. Remember that your thoughts change your feelings.
Link it to good feelings. Remember to link things to good feelings for the long run. This can be as simple as changing how you think about something or internalizing how you value something. Acknowledge and reward your good decisions and actions.
The Three D’s
Self-discipline is the ability to correct your behavior (Self-discipline is simply correcting or regulating your behavior for the sake of improvement. Will is based on thinking and reason to create action – motivation is more from emotion.) It helps you get back on your course when you fall off your path. It helps you do the right thing in the moment for your long-term benefit, when you may want to do something else. Only the disciplined are truly free. The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites, and passions.” Self-discipline is a muscle that gets stronger the more you flex it.
When it comes to getting results, it takes drive, motivation and ability. It’s your motivation and the drive within you that make things happen. Where there’s no will, there’s no way. You don’t overcome challenges by making them smaller, but by making yourself BIGGER. We move towards pleasure. We move away from pain. It’s that simple. We do more to avoid pain. Keep that in mind when you find it tough to change a habit. Change can often be temporary pain.
Dedicate yourself to your direction and decision. It’s your level of dedication that will limit or enable your results. For example, if you want to become your best, but you’re not putting in your time and effort, then there’s a mismatch. In an opposite example, you might not want to improve at something, in which case, you might trim down the time and energy you spend on it, so you can invest it somewhere else.