Monday Morning Motivation | Desire and Discipline

Posted by Bill Esteb on Dec 31st 2023

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With fresh goals for the New Year, consider these observations for ending the self-condemnation if you’re a great starter but poor finisher:

Desire – How badly do you want it?

Make sure that whatever you seek to accomplish is worthy of your time and attention. Is it noble? Will it serve others? Do you have a clear picture of what completion looks like? Feels like? Install mnemonics to keep your goal front and center.

Expect friction and resistance. It means you’re up to something.

Discipline – Will you honor your word?

Being able to delay gratification is important, but honoring your word, is even more valuable. Will you persevere when no one is looking? Or are you playing to the crowd? Are you hoping your good intentions will be sufficient to impress?

Ultimately, this is about self-esteem. The only way to raise it is to take on something difficult—and achieve it.


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Bill Esteb has been a chiropractic patient and advocate since 1981. He is the creative director of Patient Media and the co-founder of Perfect Patients. He’s been a regular speaker at chiropractic gatherings since 1985. His 12 books explore the doctor/patient relationship from a patient's point of view. His chiropractic blog, coaching program, patient focus groups and consulting calls have helped hundreds of chiropractors around the world. Since 1999 Monday Morning Motivation has been emailed to over 10,000 subscribers each week.