Do You Have The Discipline to Achieve Your Goals?

The Ladder to FutureThe new year reminds me of something… all those promises and vows and setting of new goals for the coming year… I’d go to the gym and find it crowded at my usual time, when no one used to be there. I notice a lot of new faces, begin to chat and help out a couple of them in trying to lift 5 pounds, or the switches of the treadmill. I have to wait my turn to get on with the exercises…

The next day, same new faces, and I strike a conversation with one…

Me: “How’s it going?”

“Tough man.. My shoulders are still aching from yesterday.But I want to lose these pounds, so have to stick to it”, he said, gritting his teeth.

Within 3 days, the new batch reduced in size by 50% and the 4th day, it was all gone except for 1 person. She endured a whole week. On the 8th January, I was alone in the gym at my usual hour.

What this tells is that Setting the goals is not enough. You need to act on them. To achieve some meaningful result, to get what you want, you need to put in the hard work now, do the push-ups now.

Just like to grow tomatoes, you can’t just drop the seeds and disappear. You need to return every day to water them, take out the weeds, give some fertilizers, and be there to pick the ripe tomatoes on time or the may rot.

If you take action, however small to get you one step closer to your goals, you will feel happier, your goal becomes stronger, your vision gets bolder, and your dreams get closer to you.

Athletes vying for the Olympic gold don’t just take up jogging one month before the event. They train for years - long hours, weeks and days without a break to get to what they so desire.

You need to develop the determination and the discipline to see you through the journey towards your goals. According to Horace Mann,

“In vain do they talk of happiness who never subdue an impulse in obedience to a principle. He who never sacrificed a present for future good, or a personal to a general one, can speak of happiness only as the blind speak of color.”

Don’t be a slave to your moods, your palate or your passions. Set your goals, and take the necessary action to get closer to them. Be disciplined, and ye shall reap rich rewards.

To your success,
Veronica Parker,
Free Goal Setting


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