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Why Do We Sabotage Ourselves? Part II.

Saint Patrick's Festival Dublin 2010 - The 5 mile run for a good cause - I was behind the lense, have let the others do the running, but the sunshine was all there! Smiles and green luck! Enjoy!:) MORE!:)photo © 2010 UggBoy UggGirl | more info (via: Wylio) Continuing on from last week’s discussion on self sabotage, you now know that you have to keep yourself forward focused on the positive. But what else contributes to sabotaging your goals?

You’re Not Disciplined Enough

I’m sorry, but it has to be discussed. We aren’t lecturing you, but being honest. And being honest with yourself means looking at everything that may be holding you back. A lot of people really want to lose weight or workout more, but then they give in to temptation or give up on working out, over and over again.  Maybe you’re good for a week or two, and then you feel as if you deserve to treat yourself. And the treats turn into more than a just a treat and soon it becomes the norm? Or perhaps the  the scale doesn’t move quite as fast you would like and your hope and enthusiasm begin to fizzle.  Maybe you have been doing fabulous, then have a rough week at work, and your get completely derailed.

Whatever it may be that sets you off of the path that you were focused on, the discipline necessary to overcome old, unproductive habits and build new ones may not be present yet.  Before you know it you’ve lost the focus and excitement that got you really pumped up for the first couple weeks and you fall back into the familiar, comfortable and unhealthy routine. 

The solution?  You need to understand that the way to build discipline is by being disciplined.  Yes, it sounds obvious. But, there really is no way to make it more simple than that. You just have to do it. I want you to understand that there is no magical formula anybody is going to say or give to you that is going to suddenly give you the discipline (there is one caveat, and it’s one you certainly want to avoid: a crisis, like your doctor telling you you’re pre-diabetic and you must change or you’ll be very sick).  There is no substitute for taking action.

Once again, take a long-term approach.  Building discipline is like building a muscle.  When you first use it after a period of inactivity, it’s going to feel a bit sore.  But that soreness is good.  It means you’re getting into motion again.  The more you use it- consistently- the stronger it gets.

The same goes with establishing new habits. They may feel awkward or unnatural at first, but if you remain consistent it will become second nature.  So start by focusing on simple, positive habits that you know you can execute consistently: promise yourself one new habit you will change that week. Be it working out ten minutes longer, eating a healthy dinner each night, or making sessions at least 3-4 times a week: do it.

Don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking about your longterm goal.  Simply commit to focusing on what you can do THIS WEEK, and do them consistently.

Sources: http://www.peertrainer.com; Joshua Wayne.

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