Do or Do not. There is no try.

February 17, 2010

Yoda is right, of course.  I hear people say things all the time that only really needs a decision to “do.”

I’m trying to eat better.

I’m trying to lose weight.

I’m tyring to quit drinking.

I’m trying to…

Usually if they start a statement like this, they’ve already failed.  They have not made the decision in their minds that they are going to succeed.

Think about things in your life you don’t decide.  Do you decide to put on your underwear each day (…eh, maybe a bad example for some out there…)?  Do you “decide” to get out of bed, get dressed and go to work?  You may think you do – but you don’t have to really ask yourself each day, it’s more of a reflex.  You’ve already thought out all of the ramification of not doing so.  More often than not, the decision of going to work or not would be a decision on not going.  Most of the time, you simply just go.

Why should the other things you say you’re trying to do be any different?  Think out the rational and benefits of what you want to do and simply do it. 

Eating better will certainly lead to being healthier and potential living longer.  Losing weight, the same.  Smoking – the same and other benefits.  The benefits of the things you want to do are easy.  This becomes your motivation.  “I wanted to go to the gym today, but I just wasn’t motivated.”  Wrong.  You have the motivation, as I’ve just said, you made the decision not to go. 

You have to make going a non-decision.  You have to make the things you want to do, simply “what you do.”  You need to make the decision part of it the opposite of what you want.  If you want to be honest, don’t say that you don’t have the motivation, say that you lack the discipline to follow through on the decisions you’ve made.  Doesn’t sound very appealing, does it? 

Another important part is to remove your obstacles by negating your excuses.

I don’t have time.
Get up earlier.

I’m stressed out and need a (drink, smoke).
Find a healthier way to deal with stress like exercise.

I don’t have time to eat right.
Pre-make your meals when you do have the time – make time if you have to.

For every excuse, you may have to make another decision to negate that excuse.  It’s not about being easy, but making the decision and sticking with it.

Yes, I’m simplifying things, but that’s also what you need to do to achieve your goals.  You must say things like, “This is what I do.” or “That’s just who I am.”

Do or do not.  There is no try.

Posted via email from Vince.DeGeorge

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