According to those who keep track of such things, two of the
most often made New Yearís resolutions are to exercise more
and eat less.
If these items were reversed Iím sure most of us would be
more successful at keeping them.
Why donít we achieve our health and physical fitness goals?
We are smart enough. We usually know what to doóbut donít do
what we know. We have good intentions but busyness,Ē
procrastination and lack of discipline too often take
control of our lives.
As Jim Rhone says in his wonderful book,
Leading an Inspired
Life, ďThe rewards of a disciplined life are great,
but theyíre often delayed until sometime in the future.
ďThe rewards for a lack of discipline, on the other hand,
are immediate but they are minor in comparison to the
benefits of consistent self-discipline.Ē
An immediate reward for lack of discipline could be the
pleasure of lounging in the easy chair enjoying TV.
A future reward for taking the time and effort to exercise
will be a stronger, more energetic body and sharper brain.
Skipping an exercise session or two isnít going to ruin our
health. But one missed day often leads to anotheróand then
another. Soon a week goes by. And then a month, a year and a
Success, on the other hand, is the same process in reverse.
Discipline is like a set of magic keys that can unlock the
doors to better health, high self-esteem, accomplishment and
Even the smallest discipline can have an incredible effect
on our attitude. And that feeling of self-worth that comes
from starting a new disciplineóis almost as good as the
feeling that comes from the actual accomplishment.
A new discipline immediately alters our life direction. We
donít change destinations immediatelyóbut we can
change direction immediately.
Discipline is the continuing process that brings all the
good things. Anyone can start. Itís not, ďIf I could, I
wouldĒ; rather, itís ďIf I would, I could. If I will, I
So start the process today. Begin a new habit, no matter how
small it is. Size isnít important; whether or not you start
and whether or not you continue are all that matter.
This is the year you can reach your health and physical
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