“The pain of self-discipline will never be as great as the pain of regret.”

~ Anonymous

What do you want to do better this month? I get that when life is busy and energy is low, it’s not always easy to do the things you know you need to do to improve. But please don’t let that stop you.

Discipline means you do it even when you don’t want to, and starting is the difficult part. So, don’t overthink it, just start. Watch the video below, or read the transcript that follows, and keep working on those goals.

Hey, Michelle Cederberg here talking about discipline.I’ve been talking about goals for the last few weeks and June is all about crushing goals. I get that the first week can be all about “Yes, I’m going to DO this!” And, then our best intentions get set to the side when life intervenes.

Here’s the thing, if there’s something that you want for yourself you’re going to have to create a little discipline around it. You can’t be upset about the results you didn’t get from the work you didn’t do. I want you to think about that.

Discipline requires effort. So, I’m going to give you a few quick thoughts then implore you to get out there and crush those goals.

If you’ve decided on a goal, great! Put that front of mind. Write it down and post it where you can see it.

If you haven’t yet, start thinking about what you want more of this month and then set that time aside….when, where, how long, write it in your schedule.

Then clear your environment and set it up for success. Don’t expect motivation to suddenly appear. It won’t. Don’t expect that you’re all-of-a-sudden going to be happy and excited to get out and do that run, or get on-line and do that course, or do whatever it is you’ve set for yourself.

If it was easy, more people would be doing it.

Set up your environment for success by clearing away distractions, by getting other people on board to help you be successful. Tell them your plan, tell them how long, tell them how they can help.

This is not about cutting into hours of you day. It’s maybe half an hour, 45 minutes…or an hour. Maybe less. Short amounts of time are going to make an impact towards your goal so set yourself up for success by getting it in your calendar. Small steps count!

And remember, it’s not the doing that tough, it’s getting to it. That’s why small steps can make a big impact. Just start. Just start doing that thing that you have been talking about, or thinking about. And even if you just tell yourself, “I’m going to do it for 10 minutes,” Just start. Momentum will be your friend.

Start at your goal, even if you don’t want to. You’re not usually going to want to. And, if after ten minutes you still don’t want to be doing that thing, stop. And you will have achieved ten minutes. That’s a win.

To my mind, discipline will kick in. Once you’re moving you’ll keep moving. Once you’re doing that thing, you’ll keep doing that thing.

It’s not the doing that tough, it’s getting to it. And ten minutes of doing is better than the hour or half hour or even 20 minutes you were thinking about doing.

Don’t overthink this. Pick the goal, clear the environment for success and take that first step.

Until next time, I’m Michelle Cederberg helping you transform your work and your life… and your goals… one small steps, don’t over think it, step at a time.


Michelle Cederberg, CSP, MKin, BA Psyc

Empowering today’s dreamers, leaders and go-getters to create the life and career they want.


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