Seek Discipline Not Motivation

Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

I recently realized that I need to focus on gaining more discipline rather than motivation. For me, motivation is very fickle. It depends on my mood, whether I am on my period, and if my likely motivators were in their good spirits. As far as self-motivation, I would have a good two weeks where I could read weight loss blogs, view weight loss transformation videos on YouTube and admire how many inches I’ve lost in the mirror to keep  me on the right track, but that was short lived. Soon enough, I was back to snacking on chips (like last night) and sneaking dessert because my motivation no longer carried me through to make the right decisions when it came to food. One night while seemingly scrolling through social media, I saw a post that changed my thinking about my weight loss journey:

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To be quite honest, it took me a few seconds to completely grasp the post’s message. All this time, I looked at motivation and discipline as two berries in a bucket: not quite the same but very similar. I was very wrong. Discipline is planning meals and snacks ahead and removing your kryptonites out of arm’s reach. Not having any ice cream in your freezer to eat while watching your favorite chick flick is a better precaution than having the ice cream and praying that your motivation will convince you to reach for carrots instead. Let’s be hones, ice cream will win every time!

If you know that you shouldn’t eat cookies, pizza and bread make sure it never enters your house. If tortillas are your weakness, ask the waiter not to bring them to your table at your favorite Mexican spot. Your office providing boxed lunches during the meeting? Ask your favorite colleague to save you a seat and pick you out a salad. This way, you don’t even have an opportunity to choose.

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I think you get the point here. We have got to be more intentional about removing obstacles out of our paths!!! Now I realize that every situation won’t be avoidable. A prime example is the checkout line at the grocery store. I have had a serious bad habit of picking up white cheddar popcorn or Nacho Cheese Doritos while waiting to have my groceries scanned. In situations like these, try to find a distraction. And if discipline, motivation or a distraction aren’t helping in a weak moment take one bite of the cookie and immediately throw the rest away. No one has a perfect diet so don’t beat yourself up for a minor slip up every now and then. Once that moment has passed pick up your motivation, more importantly your discipline, and conquer your next obstacle!

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