No More Excuses

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A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. – James Allen

Whether it is another person or an inanimate object, we find excuses to explain our choices. I, too often, use the “You only live once” excuse…yes, I said, “YOLO.” I’m not proud of it. Though this may be true, depending on your religious beliefs, it is not a good enough excuse for doing something that gets you off track of your goal.

Somehow we cause ourselves to lose our freedom of choice or action…we enslave ourselves, to ourselves.

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Day 5 of Self-Discipline, take responsibility. Creating systems of success and being prepared to make difficult choices is up to the individual.

As James Allen said, sooner or later we discover that we are the master-gardener of our soul, the director of our life. We are in the driver’s seat of our own life, no one else.

We have to take responsibility for the bad decisions but for the good ones too! We all make mistakes, that’s part of being the amazing, choice making, humans that we are. If we own up to the mistakes it will feel that much better when we fix the problem or make the right decision next time. Ideally, we learn from these experiences!

You can blame the external factor of your choice on, the food item you ate that’s not on your diet, the alcoholic drink you told yourself you weren’t going to have, the workout you missed, the ex-boyfriend you weren’t going to text, or the cigarette you weren’t going smoke. But deep down you know it was you. You are the director, the driver, the captain, the master…YOU are in control. Do not enslave yourself.

No more excuses. Be who you want to be and own up to your flaws because once you understand and forgive yourself, you will be unstoppable.

For true success ask yourself these four questions_ Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?

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Flexing your Willpower Muscles

As humans, we are given a gift that sets us apart from other animals.

Yesterday, I talked about choices and how we should consider our future when making even the smallest decisions.

But we must also acknowledge how amazing it is that we have a choice at all.

Our brains give us the ability to think rationally.

Yes, of course, there are times of danger or threat that we should follow our instincts. But in most situations, we have the privilege to think first.

Can you think of a time when you wish you would have thought something through before acting?

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Day 3 of Self-Discipline – Embracing our humanity while exercising willpower.

Our most common temptations seem to be power, money, sex, food, drugs and the like.

These are all things we come across in life in different fashions. There are obviously times where we’ve earned some of these things and all is well and good. But don’t let your temptations be your quick fix. You may find comfort in satisfying a craving in that moment but how does it help your future?

On the other hand, sometimes these moments aren’t for your comfort but for someone else’s satisfaction. In these moments you have to, again, realize you have been blessed with the ability to choose what is right for you. A choice is something only you can make for yourself.

This enters a whole new realm of self-discipline and self-awareness that we are all too familiar with these days, in the media and possibly in our personal lives.

To those who choose to force decisions upon others, I beg you to fight those primal instincts. You too, believe it or not, have the ability to think rationally. I could rant on here…but just remember that in the long run, if you choose to do wrong, if you succumb to your animal-like urges without a single thought of how this could affect your future or those around you, you are renouncing your humanity.

To those who feel like they have no voice, to those who feel like their self-control was taken from them, and to those who are afraid because they’ve been threatened or because they’re embarrassed, this may feel like a danger moment. This may feel like a fight or flight situation, and that’s okay, but you have also been given the gift of willpower. Deep down, you are an intelligent human being who can choose for themselves what is right and what is wrong in any situation and I hope you are able to find the strength to make your choice to act as necessary.  You are brave and strong. You were born to be the amazing human that you are and you are never, ever alone.

Let us strive to embrace our humanity. And flex those willpower muscles!

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Voluntarily Living the Hard Way

January has almost come to a close but I have finally realized what my New Year’s Resolution is all about. Self-Discipline.

Throughout the last few years I’ve felt like I didn’t know what to focus on. I mentioned this in my post, Embrace Your Multipotentialities. I have many, many interests and I enjoy exploring my talents and how I can bring them together but I do not challenge myself enough.

If I’m going to own the title of a Multipotentialite, I have to live and breathe it. I have to voluntarily live the hard way.

I often think to myself how I want to start my college years all over again. I research all of these amazing opportunities and degrees and think, “Man, that’s it!” “If only that existed when I started.” But the truth is, even if it did exist, I wouldn’t have found it then. I was supposed to experience what I did in both my undergrad and masters program. The knowledge I gained and friendships I made helped me evolve into who I am now…even if I still don’t know where I will end up. I can’t go back, so I must move forward.

Deep down, I know who I want to be.

I want to be strong. I want to be fit. I want to talk the talk and be the person people go to for help. I want to be a good friend, daughter, and sister. I want to work with technology and people, but have time for myself too. I want to sing and I want to read. I want to learn things and stick with them.

But I give in to temptations. I have a serious case of FOMO. I like the instant gratification of indulging in sweets or binge watching a show. I enjoy listing ideas but fail to execute without deadlines or pressure. I am too comfortable being alone.

I need a plan of self-discipline. One that aligns better with my goals. This is probably one of the the most important parts of becoming ultimate and I let it get out of hand!

The more we live the hard way to easier life will seem when hardships arise.

2018 is about self-discipline and living on purpose.

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”

-Anonymous

This year I will:

Finish Pauline Nordin’s SuperShred 12-Week Workout Plan

Read 12 books, one a month.

Watch all of the Oscar’s Best Picture Winners

Get my CTS certification

Be accountable

Challenge myself on purpose

 

In 2018, I will voluntarily live the hard way. 

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Ideas inspired by 365 Days With Self-Discipline by Martin Meadows.

 

 

 

 

 

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