Happy Thursday, dear readers,
One of the best pieces of advice I ever heard came from Oprah Winfrey. Oprah inspires a peculiarly strong reaction in people–either they love her or they hate her. I haven’t watched her show in years, but I still found her words inspiring, and so true. Even if you dislike her, I think wisdom can be gleaned from her advice. After all, she’s obviously doing something (okay, many things) right.
She said (loosely paraphrased)
“Discipline does not result from doing something you want to do. Discipline comes from forcing yourself to do something when you don’t want to.”
It’s simple advice, but that quote has dragged me to many a kickboxing class in the middle of winter. As much as I love kickboxing, it’s so much easier to go home and sit on the couch, especially when I’m feeling ill or stressed out.
As much as I love writing, it’s much easier to read a book. Or watch a movie. Or do something fun with The Boy or my friends.
I am striving to improve my life, and change is never easy. My goals can seem overwhelming, and occasionally I want to give up. But then I think of Oprah’s take on discipline, and sometimes–not always, but sometimes–it’s enough to get me to the gym, or to that computer one more time.
And the best part about following Oprah’s advice? If you’re very lucky, eventually you don’t have to force yourself anymore. It doesn’t take as much discipline to run that mile or finish that chapter. You do it because you want to.
That’s the best result.
What is your favorite motivational quote or piece of advice? Let’s make this an inspirational Thursday!