We have all had that moment in life when we get really excited about something, maybe it is dieting, getting out of debt, planning our day more effectively, redoing the kitchen, painting the bedroom, investing, etc. You name it.
At that moment we get excited about doing the “thing”, but we don’t take any action to get the ball rolling on actually doing it. For every second, minute, hour, day, week, month that goes by, we lose that passion and excitement about accomplishing what we were so excited about accomplishing.
This is called the “law of diminishing intent”.
I can remember learning this lesson years ago. It was around November or so, and I was telling a friend of mine that I was planning on starting to workout after the New Year. Sound familiar? He replied back “Why wait, why not start now, what is the difference between now and then?”
The only thing that could have happened over the next 45 days was I would lose interest in actually pursuing the goal and I may have never even started. Instead I started that day.
Starting is obviously very important, but more importantly by starting today you actually start the process of developing the disciplines and habits that will help you continue down the path until you accomplish the goal.
My mentor Jim Rohn says it like this: “The pain of discipline weighs ounces and the pain of regret weighs tons.”
The key is to set up the discipline while the emotion is at its highest.
Buy the paint, clean the refrigerator out of all of the snacks, cut up your credit cards, go outside and run a mile or walk, find a realtor to start sending you possible income producing properties.
When it comes to your health it really could be a life or death situation. Maybe you get short of breath, or you see something that looks odd on your body. The key is to call the doctor now and set up an appointment. Because as time goes by, you will start to tell yourself that it is not not that bad and justify not taking action and it could ultimately kill you.
Is there something in your life right now that you are excited about? What are you doing to set the disciplines and activities in motion to ensure you keep the energy and actions moving forward? Please share with me, I would love to hear them.
To your success and your future.
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