You go in, trying to lose fat and not overeat, while everyone else around you brings in junk food and makes it difficult to stick to your plan. You’ve quit smoking, but every time you see your colleagues smoke up in the smoke room, you have an urge to light up the cigarette. With a exam next week, the Facebook updates about a party at your friend’s house makes it difficult for you to concentrate on your exam, instead keeps you wondering how much fun your friends are having four blocks away from your house. The comfortable bed calls out to you, but you have a presentation due tomorrow. There is always an easy thing, and then there is the right thing. The choice you make defines your willpower and on the bigger picture, the distance you’ve traveled on the road to success.
How difficult is it to say no? Every time you choose the easy option, rather than the right one, you are shaping your character- a pushover, becoming a person who gives in when the situation gets a little tricky. You are cheating over your goal, with your self-discipline sinking. Every day when the alarm goes off, you have to choose between hitting the snooze button and sleeping for maybe another hour, or get up to make a day.
The more popular you get, the more requests and opportunities will come your way. But you have to choose wisely…and avoid going after something you know is wrong. Write down your personal beliefs and allow those to make all decisions. If a request does not fit your belief system, it is ruled out. You don’t have to think about it. Develop power of clarity. State out your main objectives. If anything gets in the way of that objective, do not participate in it. List all the things that will get in the way of your goal, and then avoid them. Practice to say ‘NO’. Stand up for what you feel is right and will fetch you actual results.
Our every action today affects us tomorrow. Live a quality life, instead of giving into temptations of temporary pleasures. Discipline yourself to become a committed person. Have the courage to do the right thing.
When you choose to abide by your principles, you are building a character so strong. You may have to stand alone, but if you are right today, in future people will follow you. There are probably a lot of people who want to do the same thing, but they need a leader. You can be that person. What makes you a leader is having the courage of your convictions.