This year, I am after 3 main goals: complete a full marathon, receive a promotion at my job, and develop new habits.
It's April already, and looking back on the past three months, there's just one virtue that is keeping me in the game.
Time and time again, I consider giving up for reasons that seem so obvious; emotionally and logically persuasive. But, there's something in my mind that is different in comparison to when I've set goals in the past. That "something" is persistence.
The virtue of persistence is a quality you can develop in yourself. It starts by examining your though processes - what are the thoughts that lead you to take action; to keep going versus give up?
Once you know and understand why you aren't following through on your commitments, that's when huge progress unfolds.
The lack of persistence in myself, I discovered, was a direct result of procrastination. Through self-awareness I came to realize I had built up the "mental muscle" of procrastination. The muscle was so strong, that no matter how much I desired to attain something, that habit of putting it off always won the wrestle in my mind. Through self-awareness, I found my thoughts about myself were that I was slow, lazy, and generally unsuccessful.
I would procrastinate because logically I thought that any attempt to be proactive and get things done would be futile, since who I really was, was slow, lazy, and generally unsuccessful.
So, I starting engaging in actions that made me feel good about myself. My motivation? To be healthy by taking excellent care of myself. I loved knowing that I ran five miles that day and ate vegetables for dinner. Thus, my self-image began to morph to that of a successful person. My thought processes began to reflect this image.
You too, can begin to alter your self-perception. What are you trying to achieve in life? Where are you going? These are the questions that matter, and they will encourage you to evaluate how you think.
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Ethan Small has been posting to Friendly Warrior since 2013 with his experiences and wisdom to inspire others to improve their quality of life.
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