Someone asked me last week why it’s so hard to be good!?
Fucking brilliant question, really. Why IS it hard to be disciplined? What do we need to do, change, fix… and HOW?
A few days later I was wondering why I’d stopped walking and listening to my mindset training in recent months. Because my lack of engagement has been causing problems in my bank account. I just haven’t been staying focused.
(CONFESSION: I set up this July $8K Challenge as a way of helping you, but also of helping me, stay on track!)
So I went back to basics.
The formula for all results in life is this:
Thoughts create feelings. Feelings create actions. Actions create results. (Or a lack of results, as the case may be!)
So what was the thought?
That I couldn’t exercise more than 3 days a week. And I’m already doing 4 days at the gym. So I was making excuses on the other days about being too tired.
It was on old thought too… back to my mid-20s. I was going to Uni full time, working 2 part time jobs,and had a pretty active social life (read: drank a lot of vodka).
My goal had been to just to get to the gym three times a week. I was super productive. I got good grades (at least, in the subjects I liked…). I worked with fun people. And life was pretty damn good because everything was balanced.
But that three day a week plan doesn’t work anymore. It just causes tension – because I already do more, and want to do more. Whilst the old thought tugs at my psyche, telling me I’ve done enough… and to STOP exercising now… before I throw things out of balance.
Once I saw the thought, and let it go, I was out walking and listening to that mindset material on Saturday and Sunday without any effort at all.
(Other than the bone-chilling wind on Saturday that caused me to cut the walk short! Image from Sunday morning’s walk… )
The moral of the story?
Identify the thought. You’ll change your results.