September 10

“It matters not what one says, but one feels; also, not how one feels on one particular day, but how one feels at all times.” – Seneca

Deciding to start down any path of self improvement in any direction is going to be difficult. Actually sticking to the path is going to prove even more difficult.

Whether we want to be in better shape. Or if we want to learn new skills. Or if we want to start a business. Or we want to improve our relationships. Maybe we want to be better parents. Maybe we want all of those things.

Here’s the big message we can never forget if we want to succeed; we will not want to take steps on the path every single day. In fact, most days we probably won’t want to take as many steps as we could or should. And that is kind of the point. Any lath to improvement is hard, if it wasn’t it wouldn’t be improvement, it would just be how we all were.

But we can’t count on being motivated or waiting until we feel like taking steps along the path, that is the best way to ensure that we stagnate and give up.

We need to have discipline, we need to have control over our thoughts. When our mind tries to rationalize with us that we made enough progress on the path yesterday, and that today we can rest, we need to resist those thoughts and take the steps. Even when we really don’t want to, especially when we really don’t want to. Those are the days that matter.

No matter which path we have chosen.

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