Usually our main goals require the accomplishment of a number of base goals that we would be happy to ignore. They’re BASE and so the reason is obvious! They’re not exciting or glamorous enough! There’s nothing beautiful to look at or show off to family or friends. So, though we don’t want to admit it, our ultimate goals can be rather surface-minded. We seek that “instant” gratification of the “look”, the final product, the happy feelings that come once we achieve THAT goal. We desire an accomplishment that causes a “Wow” response from ourselves but even more from our families and friends. This is natural, so no shame! However, our journey to the “Wow” will be more sure when we strengthen our foundations first.
It’s true! The achievement of increased self-discipline is not so dazzling. It is not immediately acknowledged by others, nor necessarily encouraged, but it IS one of the base essentials needed to achieve those more gratifying results. Of course, what IS acknowledged is that person with the hard, lean body, or the person who is joyful or the person who has suddenly gained success in school or career. The person is praised, and admired. And it is fun and gratifying to receive that praise. I know!! I get that!!
However, no one is there to gush over us during the PROCESS are they? . That’s the hard part and this is when we could use the most applause and encouragement, right? Here is where we start taking charge of ourselves and actually carry out the work….like going to bed on time, getting the paperwork done, exercising, and eating right. But, count yourself lucky if no one is hanging around with negative and discouraging comments about your new life habits. If there are people like that in your life, no worries! You’re growing strong and more sure as you move ahead, while, at the same moment, the doomers are standing stock still.