"An innovator who has brilliant ideas but lacks the discipline and persistence to carry them out is merely a dreamer."
A thought by Malcolm Gladwell, (2013-10-01) from his book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, andthe Art of Battling Giants (p. 116). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.
I have the idea that I am going to this year weigh less than 200 lbs.. It has been 20 years since I’ve weighed under 200 lbs. I know I can do it and the truth is I can but will i? That is the question. It is not based on my ability or my desire but on my discipline and persistence.
I think it is a brilliant idea that will make a difference in the quality and length of my life. But will it be just a dream or will it be a reality? It all depends on my discipline and persistence and the daily healthy habits that I put into my life.
John Maxwell in his book, Sometimes You Win--Sometimes You Learn: Life's Greatest LessonsAre Gained from Our Losses says, “The secret to success can be found in your daily agenda. Average people don’t put in the extra work every day to keep growing and changing.”
I am really wrestling with this right now. My success is holding me back. In the last few years, I have gone from 260 to 210. I only had 11 lbs. to go but I slowed down before reaching the goal and have gained 17 lbs. and I have some daily habits that I need to go back to do again. The key is do I really want to do it?
This is the hard part. John also says, “Ninety percent of those who fail are not actually defeated; they simply quit.” I am not going to quit. I will not fail. I am not a dreamer but I am disciplined and determined and I am a doer.
So what new habit and new discipline do I need to start doing today?