Every time at the beginning of the year, many of us set up a new year’s resolution. But most of us don’t actually tick all the boxes — some people didn’t even start.
Then the following year, we’d just do the same thing, over and over again for the rest of our life. Most people give in to cheap distractions, make excuses, and ends up with some sort of justifications as to why they don’t meet their goals. It’s always easier to not do the work and just succumb to our desires.
If this sounds like you, that’s good. At least you are not lying to yourself. You know that you are currently making excuses, and you could’ve done better.
What you need to start getting more productive is momentum. To have momentum, you just need to act. You don’t need a complete a goal or set milestones just yet. Start from the small things such as:
• getting out of bed
• stop scrolling
• put your phone away
Sometimes your mind just needs a little nudge, so take some time to think. What are the things that you need to do? How urgent are they? How long would it take to finish them all? Once you have a rough idea, write it out—on paper. Because your phone is a distraction.
Once you have your to-do list, start doing the easiest and most minor things first. Remember, you are not trying to break world records. Your main goal today is to build momentum.
When you have the momentum going, there comes the inner bitch. It’s the voice inside your head that wants you to stop moving forward. The only way to beat your inner bitch is to be consistent, focus on your goal, and do the opposite of what the inner bitch wants you to.
Your goals will play an essential role in your growth and productivity. They guide you to the right path. When you are lost and tired, look at your goals. Look at how far you’ve come, how close you are to achieve them. Use your goals as a reminder.
Discipline is to control yourself to not do the things that you shouldn’t be doing, even though those are the ones that you’d rather do. When you are disciplined, you are making a choice to do so. It is a conscious effort. You have an option whether to eat healthily and sleep early or not because it is all in the present.
But when you regret something because you were not disciplined, there is nothing you can do but accept the past. You can only suffer until you let go.
When you realise you were wasting your time—and your life—start small. Get out of bed, put your phone away, and do the work. Build momentum. When you went astray and got lazy, get back to your goals and use them as guidance.
It is always your choice whether to be disciplined or to give in to your desires. Remember, the pain of discipline tastes less bitter than the pain of regret.
This article was inspired by an episode from Nike Trained podcast: Saquon Barkley | The Key to Letting Nothing Stop You.