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A Little Discipline: Tips For Getting Motivated

Tips For Getting Motivated

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You can’t make change simply by wanting to make change.
You want to get thinner and healthier?
Wanting isn’t enough.
You have to take action. You have to scream about it, fight with your lazy inner teenager to get off the couch, and burn some of those metaphorical bridges with your bad habits, bad trains of thoughts, and accomplices in your bad decision makings. You have to have a passion for it, to be fed up with the old ways that have kept you down, and make that change because it is the most right thing for you to do.
It can’t be a “take it or leave it” situation, because you know you’d just leave it as it has been left so many times before. It can’t be given up because of excuses, and you know the difference between reasons and excuses. Reasons are what gets things done; Excuses do the opposite.
Have a reason to make change. That reason is you.
Now, you just need to know how. Here are some tips for getting motivated.


There are only so many hours in a day, and we waste a lot of them. Time is precious. It’s too precious to spend on the social networks and the video games.
When you find yourself with time on your hands, don’t kill it. Don’t kill time. Make it count.
Make it count with your phone.
As we all know, phones aren’t just phones anymore. They are cameras and clocks and calendars. Take advantage of the handy dandiness of this handy dandy device. Use the stopwatch to see how many crunches you can do in a minute. Set an alarm to remind you that it’s time to rehydrate.


Here’s the thing about repetition; the more your do something, the better you will be at it. Let me say that again: the more you do something, the better you will be at it.
We tend to drop something new as soon as it starts getting difficult, which can be very close to the start of the thing. Lots of beginnings only get as far as the beginning. Then there’s some whining, followed by abandon.
So, give yourself a chance. At least a week of chance. Don’t throw your hands up when things start getting hard, because, silly, if they were easy they wouldn’t be worth doing. After a while those things will get easy, which is when you need to push so it’s challenging again.
That’s how you get good at stuff.


Talk about the changes you’re trying to accomplish to your family or friends. Talk about it frequently so they may find interest in this whole new thing you’re doing. Communication will help you build a network of support. The feedback they give you may help you keep on track, and may provide you with some questions and insights you wouldn’t have thought of on your own.


  • Lou Ann
    April 2, 2013

    Great insight into ‘the how to’ of successful change. 😉

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