Recently, I was listening to an old recording by Zig Ziggler. I don’t listen to him often, but he’s always been someone I’ve admired.
In the recording he said this, “You don’t pay the price, you enjoy the benefit.” What an remarkable way to look at life.
It got me thinking. We all know that there are certain things that we “should” do. Exercise, go for our annual physical, (fun stuff, hey guys?), turn off the TV, read more books, eat more fruit and vegetables, pass on the French fries, spend more quality time with our family, live below our means and putting money into investment accounts are just a few examples that come to mind.
If we take the attitude that we are paying a price by doing these things, then we are going into the task with a half-full mentality.
An example for me is exercise. I do it four or five days a week. Have been doing it since the day I turned 13. I either go to a gym or go to a park. I can tell you that over 50% of the time, I don’t want to do it. But I go anyway. And I can tell you that 100% of the time, when I’m through, I feel fantastic and I’m glad that I went. So I go for the benefit and the great feeling this gives me—afterwards! I never look at it as paying the price.
So don’t “should” on yourself anymore. Self-discipline is just like any other muscle. The more you work it, the stronger it grows. Take baby steps. You could literally walk from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean taking one little baby-step at a time. You just have to take the first step.
What areas, in particular, will you choose to start “enjoying the benefits” from in your life? Write down three right now. And then, go for it today!
And here’s an idea… Tell me! Leave a comment in the box below right now. Let me know whether to post it or to keep it private—just between you and me. A little accountability can go a long way in helping us to stay the course.