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We’ve all met one before.  Maybe YOU were one before you found P90X, Insanity, etc.  The person looking for the quick fix, the magic pill to weight loss success.  The one that wants the best results in the shortest amount of time.  This comic strip illstrates my point exactly.  This really is the attitude most have when it comes to losing weight, getting fit, and staying healthy.  For some crazy reason they think the weight they are carrying around that took them decades to gain can miraculously be eliminated over a short ‘spurt’ of sweating or dieting.
Working It Out

My goal as a Beachbody coach is not to help you lose 10 pounds in one day or get ripped abs in 5 minutes.  I care about helping you get healthy and feeling good for the rest of your life, not giving you a quick fix that want work.

Sadly, Amer­ica does not agree with this philosophy. In 2010, the shake weight grossed $40 mil­lion, and Sketch­ers Shape­ups were only out­sold by Nike.  Seriously, the SHAKE WEIGHT!!!!

This leads me to just one ques­tion: Why are we always look­ing for a shortcut?

It’s not just fit­ness…it’s every­where. Thirty minute church vs. a Spirit-led wor­ship. Credit cards vs. sav­ing before you pur­chase. Diet pills vs. proper nutrition.

A quick fix doesn’t really “fix” any­thing…sure it may give some small short-term gains, but Dis­ci­pline is what gets last­ing results.

Dis­ci­pline has two main def­i­n­i­tions. One refers to train­ing, and the other refers to pun­ish­ment. It really makes sense when you think about it… Dis­ci­pline takes hard work — it doesn’t hap­pen by tying your shoes or in just six min­utes a day.

Dis­ci­pline is…

Inten­tional.

Instead of wast­ing time, we have to make time. This man­i­fests itself in dif­fer­ent ways: get­ting up ear­lier, giv­ing up TV/ mind­less Inter­net surf­ing, cre­at­ing a sched­ule when you despise the thought of a to-do list, etc… Peo­ple who are dis­ci­plined often do what oth­ers are not will­ing to do. But if you have a pur­pose God has placed on your heart, the dis­ci­pline is always worth it! We all have the same amount of time each day. So ask yourself each night how you managed that time and how you can more efficiently do so the next day.

Focused.

“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” — John Maxwell

Know your top pri­or­i­ties at all times. If you’re given given an oppor­tu­nity that doesn’t fit with your pri­or­i­ties, no mat­ter how great it is, it should be easy to turn down. For exam­ple, if one of your top pri­or­i­ties is time with your fam­ily, you should say “no” to the really great job offer you get that involves a lot of trav­el­ing. It doesn’t fit with your priorities. As another example, I used to think that I didn’t have the time to workout and eat right every day, much less be a Coach and help so many others with their own fitness journeys. With focus on what’s important to me (my health, nutrition and helping others), I’ve found that the time was there all the time…just waiting to be utilized correctly.

Con­sis­tent.

Dis­ci­pline isn’t some­thing you do for a con­cen­trated period of time. Sure, it takes more effort in the begin­ning, but after a while, it becomes nat­ural — a part of who you are. I used to really strug­gle to workout every day. Now, I feel horrible if I can’t start my day with­ it!

Want to get in shape?

Eat healthy and move more….daily!

Want a closer walk with God?

Read the Bible. Pray. Join a Bible study. Get an account­abil­ity part­ner. Serve others.

Have some­thing you want to learn to do?

Read a book. Take a class. Find a mentor.

Want to improve a certain aspect of yourself?

Read 10 pages of a personal development book each day.

Want out of debt?

Stop spend­ing money and take as much as you can from each pay­check and start pay­ing things off.

King Solomon wrote, “A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the dili­gent are fully sat­is­fied” (Proverbs 13:4). In other words, a lazy per­son tries quick fix after quick fix instead of doing what’s known to be nec­es­sary. A dis­ci­plined per­son per­se­veres so God’s pur­pose for their life is accomplished.

What steps do you need to take to be dili­gently dis­ci­plined to do what you know to be necessary?

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