How To Be Disciplined When You Don't Feel Like It.

It's easy to do the hard stuff on the days that you remember how important your goal matters to you. When you're in the thick of things. Gripped by urgency. When you need to see progress or your life quickly begins to unravel.

Those are the easy times to be disciplined. It happens almost automatically. Your problem is so pressing.

There's no other course of action.

You pick up the phone and make that call you've been making excuses to avoid doing for some time now. You reach out to that person who has that opportunity you've been angling for. You have a candid conversation with a spouse or your boss that you have been needing to have.

Your urgency and intensity is what drives your new action. The need was already there.

You should have done it months ago. If you were disciplined, the task would have already been completed. But discipline by itself isn't necessarily the answer.

Being disciplined is the result of something else. It’s not the something else itself.

Intensity is what drives discipline.

If there's no real need for you to live a healthy life, you will probably find yourself struggling with losing weight or getting in shape. But if you're trying to impress someone that you want to fall in love with or if you find yourself on the receiving end of a scary prognosis from your cardiologist, chances are you'll develop more of the discipline you need to be more healthy.

Which is why discipline doesn't depend on what you feel.

It depends on how much you care about needing to be successful. If you find yourself needing to care more, develop a few daily rituals in your life that remind you of what is at stake.

  1. Spend a few minutes each morning repeating out loud your goals.
  2. Repeat out loud the consequences of not achieving your goals.
  3. Let that dissatisfaction stick in the back of your throat.

Let it remind you of how important your actions and attitudes are today.

What you do matters.

Your actions will most assuredly lead to direct consequences.

So, it doesn't really matter if you feel like being disciplined or what your excuse is for not being disciplined.

The real problem is that you aren't as provoked by success as you really ought to be.

Dan Waldschmidt