5 Steps to Developing More Discipline

I have been thinking a lot about discipline lately. Everyone knows you can’t succeed without it, yet few people seem to possess it.

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My friend, Andy Andrews asks this question:

Can you make yourself do something you don’t want to do in order to get a result you really want?

If so, then you are disciplined—at least in that area.

The key is on focusing on a result you really want. In this sense, the key to discipline is goal-setting.

Over the years, I have found that I can become disciplined in any area of my life by taking five specific steps. Whether it is trying to get in shape, maintain a blog, or develop a great marriage, the psychology is the same.

  1. Determine your goal. Notice in Andy’s definition that the key is in knowing what you really want. If you are going to succeed, you must be specific. You must be able to see it. Write it down and—while you are at it—add a “by when” date.

    Example: I will lose 20 pounds of body fat by December 31, 2011.

  2. List your reasons. This is often the missing piece in both goal-setting and discipline. You have to ask, Why is this goal important? What is at stake in my achieving it? I list both the positive reasons and the negative.


    • I want more energy.
    • I want to lower my cholesterol.
    • I don’t want to put myself at risk for heart disease.
    • I want to look more trim, especially on video.
    • I want to demonstrate that I can lead myself.
    • I want to be a good example to my family.
  3. Identify likely obstacles. As soon as you start swimming against the current, you will start feeling resistance. It’s as if the universe conspires to keep you from succeeding. That’s why you have to anticipate these obstacles and build strategies to overcome them.


    • Obstacle: Mindlessly eating for lunch what I always eat. Strategy: Plan my lunch before I leave the house—where and what I will eat.
    • Obstacle: Inability to work out on the road. Strategy: Make sure the hotel has a workout room before I book it. Also, pack my workout clothes and shoes.
    • Obstacle: Eating more calories than I intend. Strategy: Record everything in LoseIt, thus educating myself about the calorie-count of various foods.
  4. Develop new behaviors. This is where you should focus. What are the positive, new behaviors you want to develop to replace the old, negative behaviors.


    • Drink two-and-a-half liters of water a day to stay hydrated.
    • Eat healthy snacks like raw almonds, celery, carrots, etc.
    • Share entrees with Gail when we eat out, so that I eat half the normal serving.
    • Chose simple grilled fish rather than beef or chicken.
  5. Stay focused. Read your goals daily, review your reasons why, anticipate obstacles, and work on your new behaviors. If you get off-track, don’t beat yourself up. Sometimes it is three steps forward and two steps back. Just shake it off and re-lock on your goal.

Discipline is not really about will-power so much as it is focusing on what you really want. If you get clear on that, it suddenly becomes much easier.

Questions: Where do you need more discipline? What do you need to do next to cultivate it? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • http://www.wol.ca/staff/lyons Charlie Lyons

    This is exactly the post I needed this morning. Thanks, Michael. I just read the chapter dealing with this very topic in “First Things First” by Covey last night and this correlates with that reading so well. For me, it’s doing a better job of synergizing the areas of my life that are so compartmentalized right now, looking for more and better ways to accomplish goals by combining activities rather than separating them.

    Thanks again, Michael.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great, Charlie. Do you remember which chapter it was in First Things First?

      • http://www.wol.ca/staff/lyons Charlie Lyons

        I believe it was chapter 7… “Power of Goals” or something like that. I don’t have it right in front of me right now. Let me know if you’d like me to follow up further for you. Blessings!

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Okay. Thanks. I will check it out.

      • http://www.wol.ca/staff/lyons Charlie Lyons

        BTW, is the lower than typical number of comments, re-posts, etc. connected to an  incorrect (yesterday’s, I believe) link to the post?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          No, I think it is related to the fact that my newsletter didn’t go out this morning. It misfired.

  • Timothy Fish

    With the definition you give, I’m not so sure you can say that few people possess discipline. If we turn Andy Andrew’s question around, can we say that people give up the things they really want because they do the things they want to do? The problem isn’t that we aren’t willing to do things we don’t want to do to obtains the results we want. The problem is that we don’t really have a good unstanding of what we really want.

  • http://www.frymonkeys.com Alan Kay

    Thanks for your usual very helpful post. I’m gong to try it on a significant task I have to achieve. 
    I’d offer this additional thought…Obstacles #3 can sometimes dampen the effort, i.e., the list gets too long. I’d therefore add in between #2 and #3, “When I have been disciplined in the past, what worked?’ Make that list as long as you can. Prove to yourself you already have the resources to help you overcome the obstacles and get on with #4, the new behaviors.    

    • http://www.leahadams.org Leah Adams

      that is a great one to add in, Alan.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great suggestion. Thanks.

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      This is a great thought!

  • http://www.leahadams.org Leah Adams

    This post reminds me of Hebrews 12: 1-3:  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Beautiful application. I didn’t think of that. Perfect!

    • http://twitter.com/KellyCombs Kelly Combs

      Funny, it made me think of  “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak!”  *smiles*

    • Susan

      I really needed this today.  Thanks so much for sharing your additional insight.

  • Anonymous

    Printing this off!

    • Traveller

      me too!

  • Lane Arnold

    Michael, your words resonate loudly this morning. To step into discipline requires vision along with the desire and courage to change. Come, Lord Jesus, and give me the ability to lean into continual conversation with You for such a fearless heart. Listening to God say “Fear not” does help, when the enemy distracts me and says it’s ok to just be a bit slovenly and indulgent in ease. Your words cheer me on towards more. Thanks for taking the discipline to write them!

  • http://twitter.com/KellyCombs Kelly Combs

    Great motivational post! My favorite part is #3, because that is where I stumble.  I let the excuses let me out of my goal. Perhaps if I list all my excuses and then counter them on paper, I will be more motivated.  Thanks for the idea.

    *Off topic* – I receive your posts via email.  I did receive an email today, but it was yesterday’s post (Chick-fil-A.)  I clicked over anyway to find you new post, but the email wasn’t correct. Don’t know it that was universal, or just for me. 

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Pig Headed Discipline and Determination. These are the main principles from Chet Holmes great book, The Ultimate Sales Machine. I’m listening to this book for the third time on my commute this week and realizing how much I need discipline in my life. Your post today, is a great toolbox to get started.

    I find myself with similar goals as you and the enemy of habit is as strong as ever. Three things have helped me in the past.

    1. Visualize the results. I need to be able to see it to have the determination to do it.
    2. Plan out a goal over 12 weeks. 12 weeks is easily divisible to track progress
    3. Focus daily using a 48 minute routine and a daily planner. These work every time I use them.

    My main problem now is that my daily work routine has changed over the last six months. I now travel from site to site and not behind a desk all day. I have a very reactive job and I need to convert this to proactive work. I need to find a way to bring my daily planner with me. I’ve tried electronic solutions (phone and iPad), but I still like paper best.

    Yesterday, I picked up a zippered notebook that has room for my common work items and a clipboard for my daily planner. I’ve used solutions like this in the past with great results so I’m hopeful this will be the answer I’m looking for. Sometimes simple is better.

    Good luck on your new goals.

    Here’s to 20 pounds and surviving the Thanksgiving caloric onslaught!


    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I agree that simple is better. And the high-tech solution isn’t always best. I’m a big believer in using whatever works best for you.

      • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

        It’s funny how changing one routine in your life, can have dramatic effects on other areas. Losing the center point of a desk has really changed the way I work. I thought my smartphone would be the answer, but with the bomb shelter walls of the schools I work at, the phone doesn’t get reception inside most rooms. Paper and pencil still work great though…

    • Cras

      The links in your post are not working.

      • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

        Disqus added some extraneous spaces. They should work now.

  • http://www.leadershipconnexion.com Stephan De Villiers

    Discipline is probably the one area in my life I struggle the most with.  This is a very useful post with really practical advice that I can apply.  Thank you.

  • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

    Thank you Michael.  This is very timely for me.

  • http://avajae.blogspot.com Ava Jae

    I actually found that making to-do lists has helped me become much more productive. Actually spelling out what I need to get done and by when has allowed me to prioritize the things I need to do and get them done in a timely fashion. I live by goal-setting! 

  • http://www.irunurun.com/blog/ Travis Dommert

    All close to our hearts at irunurun.  In interviews with people who have sustained “things that are hard” for 10+ years (these have generally been elite athletes and elite military personnel), the compelling WHY has consistently outstripped any BHAG’s (big hairy audacious goals…the WHAT) for sustaining long term change…but *both* are very important.

    As well, don’t beat yourself up too much for losing focus occasionally.  It just means your human.  Add ACCOUNTABILITY to the mix by sharing your weekly progress with at least 4 people who care about you.  In a Dominican University study in California, it was the combination of accountability partners AND weekly progress reporting on specific actions aligned to the goals that boosted goal attainment by 76% over merely establishing s.m.a.r.t. goals.

    We’ve also been told of a study that showed that an experienced coach can increase goal attainment by over 300%.

    * Start by doubling your odds of success by writing your goals (FREE)
    * Nearly double your odds again by breaking the goals into a plan and sharing progress (FREE)
    * Nearly double them again by engaging a qualified professional coach (Pricey, but perhaps worth it.)

    Run hard!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Travis. Thanks. I really believe in coaching.

  • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

    Thanks especially for the point about hotel workout facilities. That’s what I need to do when I travel. It’s hard to pack all those workout clothes if you carry on, though.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It depends on what you take. One of the things I like about the Vibram barefoot running shoes is that they are low profile. They take up much, much less space for traveling. If you don’t like the Vibrams, there are others. Almost all the major shoe manufacturers have a barefoot model. For example, I also have the Merrell Pace Glove.

      • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

        I haven’t tried those yet, a bit afraid of shin splints. Thanks for the heads up. You’re right, they’re much, much smaller.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          You should read Born to Run. It explains why you are far less likely to get injured with a barefoot running shoe. Plus, it’s a great read!

          • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

            Thanks for the book recommendation. I was searching a good one on the subject of jogging.

  • http://tomraines.wordpress.com Tom

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I struggle mightily with discipline. I do need to review my “whys” daily to keep myself on track. I write out goals out sporadically and review them rarely. This causes time to fly by with little or no movement toward where I really want and believe God wants me to be. The tyranny of the urgent can rob the minutes, days and years…thanks for the refocus!

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I finally had to just sit down and decide I was going to review my goals. After I did it once I was able to set up a time to do it the next week and the week after. It has been so helpful to me!

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      I experience the same difficulty Tom!

  • http://twitter.com/dnealphillips Neal Phillips

    Needed it. Time to get rid of laziness developed out of stress. Thanks, Michael.

  • Abe Paul


    Thank you for you constant pearls of wisdom and insight.  I hope you know that you are an “online” mentor for me and I’m sure for many others out there. 


    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Abe. I appreciate that.

  • http://twitter.com/thegospelwriter Wanza Leftwich, TGW

    This post comes at a perfect time for a variety of reason – one being, I just signed up for Weight Watchers after weeks of “deciding” to lose the weight. Also, I struggle in the area of discipline when it comes to my own desires. I can discipline myself to achieve what other want – but when it comes to my work, my business, my writing – sometimes I do not achieve everything I set out to do. I will implement  the strategy you have written about here. I was missing a key piece…thanks!

  • Wallty

    One thing that I think should be added to the discussion is that much of the time the end goal isn’t the main objective. How often in the Bible do the people doing God’s work not know what the end result is going to be? 

    I think a more important thing is to enjoy the process and make it the focus of your attention with the goal being refining and loving the process. If you do that the end result will be the cherry on top.

  • http://www.meeklabs.com meeklabs

    I think I may need to stay disciplined at being disciplined so that I won’t be disciplined for not being disciplined.  :-)

  • http://www.CrazyAboutChurch.com Charles Specht

    “Can you make yourself do something you don’t want to do in order to get a result you really want?”
    Yes, that really is the issue.  I want certain things in life, but am I “willing” to do what needs to be done in order to achieve those goals.  It really is easy to decide when we put it like that, but the application of it remains the challenge.  Good stuff!

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    “There’s the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. The former weighs ounces, the latter weighs tons.” (Quote I read somewhere) 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great quote. Thanks.

  • http://www.momentsofgracelotr.com Anne Marie

    Another great post! Discipline is a major weak spot for me, but I am taking part in the 100 Day Challenge that Gary Ryan Blair runs and it is helping me get more focused on finishing my book and other goals. Some of the comments below are helpful too. I’ll have to check out that Covey book. Thanks to all!

    God bless, Anne Marie :)

  • Katherine Hyde

    How do you motivate yourself to do something that is an obligation rather than a personal goal, and for which you have no enthusiasm?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I try to reframe it. What if God intended it for my good? Assume that He is engineering your circumstances. What is it that He wants you to learn or become my putting this in your life? What does it make possible?

      • http://www.cheriblogs.info Cheri Gregory

        Katherine & Michael —

        My students use this reasoning to excuse the minimal effort they invest in their writing assignments*. Just last week, several argued adamantly that they should never be expected to pour themselves into anything (a) they didn’t choose and (b) about which they have no interest.

        My suggestion — “Choose to broaden your interests” — was generally met with blank stares…as was Ecclesiastes 9:10a, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” 

        I pray for GenE — the “Entitled Generation” when they get jobs and learn how much obligatory work they will be expected to perform, day in and out.

        (* While I admit that many restrictive prompts given to high school students are foolish, most students who choose to engage are able to write insightful essays on broad, thought-provoking questions like “Was Orwell Right?” and “How Does Mankind Make Monsters?”)

  • Che Cowan

    Do you have 5 steps for that last step? :)

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    At the moment I feel as if I have the disciple I just don’t have the time to prove it (my baby has his own agenda).  I know one day I will have more time, until then I am as disciplined as possible with a baby who just discovered the joy of crawling!  

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Sounds like you have your hands full TC. Enjoy the joys of your baby.

      • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

        Thanks, It’s the most challenging and wonderful thing that has ever happened in my life. I feel so incredibly blessed.

  • http://www.goalsontrack.com Harry @ GoalsOnTrack

    Great post. Discipline and self control is like muscle, through constant exercise, we can gain more of it. Also discipline in one area in life usually tends to increase it in other areas.

  • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

    Boy I needed this one today. It only takes a second to fall of the discipline wagon and it’s so hard to get back on. Thanks for the get-up-and go talk. 

  • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

    Doing something you don’t want to do to gain a result you want. I will be thinking about that.

  • http://twitter.com/Avito_BZE  Avito Zaldivar 

    What a timely post.  Thanks so much, Michael.  Coincidentally, one of the areas I need more discipline is just as in your example.  I suppose these practical examples will help me in this area, especially with some guidance in determining my own reasons, etc.  Additionally, I need this also in my school work.  These are very practical ways to put this into practice.  Again, thanks for such a timely post.

  • kati

    inspiring images taped to mirrors and walls can help.  the one below is one of my favorites…an athlete climbing ropes at santa monica beach.  he was alone, and took his time.  truly memorable.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Kati, I like that idea. Having a constant reminder of what you want to do or how you want to look is a great motivator.

  • Lkjh

    love the positive thinking.  but i fail to see anything insightful.  eat fish?  yep.  next. 

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    I need to regain discipline in my running schedule. Lately it has been all over the board. I blame it on injuries(blisters, sore calves, etc…) or the weather(forecasts of snow or sub freezing temperatures).

    To re-cultivate the discipline, I need to create new goals for my running plan. That could be the motivation I need to get it back on track.

    • Anonymous

      I also need to refocus and discipline myself to start running again. Great point about creating new goals for your running plan. I think I’ll try that.

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

        Good luck Dan!

        Personally, I’m trying to set a goal for a 15K for my next running adventure. I have been able to run the distance unofficially but think it would be a blast to do it with others.

        What kind of goal are you thinking of setting?

        • Anonymous

          I’m trying to walk/run 3 days a week then move up to 5 days. I eventually want to be in a place to run a 5k.

          • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

            Great goals to have Dan. 3 days a week is a perfect start to prepare for a 5k. I believe your first 5k will be an experience you will remember for quite some time.

            I noticed your name is not linked to your website. If you link it to your account, people can click on your name and be brought to your website. If you need any help doing that, let me know and I will help.

          • Anonymous

            I just went to my account and tried to fix it. I plan on working on it more tomorrow. It seems like it has the link most time but don’t know why it’s not showing up now. I will let you know if I need help. My blog can be found at danblackonleadership.com

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      Sigh… Running…  Someday I’ll get that routine back…

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

        I wish you well in getting back to that routine. I have found it to be the days that I look forward to the most.

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  • Taiwolawal87

    Yes, I think I need discipline in my life. From the 5steps to developing  more discipline, I discovered that discipline, determination and being focus on what you want go hand in hand.
    I will  start to apply the 5steps right away.

  • Rob Sorbo

    Good stuff. I’m also hoping to lose weight, but my number is a little closer to 100 than 20 (I’m thinking 85-90 would be good). 

    I started using LoseIt after you blogged about it a month or so ago. I’ve already lost about 10 pounds and I don’t feel like I’ve even had to work that hard for it. The awareness aspect of how calorie dense some foods are has shocked me a little.

  • Anonymous

    I need to maintain my discipline in writing my leadership blog(danblackonleadership.info). I have been disciplined to write 3-5 post since the begging of this year had seen the benefits. My future goals are to write a e-book and also a traditional book.

    An area I need to refocus on is in the area of my devotions. I have found I need to be more disciplined in reading my bible. Great post!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ConnieLMcKnight Connie McKnight

    Your point “Identify likely obstacles” is fabulous. That way you can make the necessary behaviour changes so those obstacles don’t get you off track. I am disciplined in most areas of my life, but there are a couple I struggle with. I’m going to sit down and write  down the things that are getting in my way.

    Oprah just completed her lifeclass and she talked about belief a lot. We need to believe we can accomplish our goals, or we find ways to self-sabotage.


  • http://twitter.com/MuchClearer Sean Sankey

    Completely spot on (as we’d say in the UK!) about the absolute importance of #2. Getting the reasons why its important to embrace a change – both the positive and the negative (i.e. the “pain” I want to avoid) is crucial to get leverage and get moving. Trust I’m ok to link to a post I wrote starting the journey of adopting a new behaviour. http://ow.ly/7rpZD Thanks as ever Mike. 

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  • Randy Bosch

    Excellent post.  The next step is “Can you make yourself do something you DO want to do in order to get a result you really want?”  With all of life that gets in the way, where we are called to serve, where our faith and passions are found, often receives short shrift in the competition with “maintenance” activities!

    • Susan

      This is so true!

  • http://AlphaDogTheBook.com WingGirlKim

    Oh, this will help. Thanks! Reminds me of the book, Disciplines of a Beautiful Woman. It was much about having a notebook with lists.

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  • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

    I am really great at writing down goals for myself. I do it all of the time! I really think writing lists of reasons why I want to reach those goals and what obstacles I may face will be extremely helpful! Thanks for this.

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  • http://davida-yemi-akanle.com Davida

    I guess for me  I need to be diciplined with finishing things.  I hope to do this by breaking my goals into smaller units, that they could easily be completed, rather than not seeing any end in sight.

  • http://365actsoflove.wordpress.com 365 Acts of Love

    I’m disciplined/have become disciplined in many areas in my life, but I’m undisciplined in other areas. For those disciplined areas, I applied something like the princples you spelled out to become disciplined. For those areas in which I’m undisciplined, I try these principles and can’t seem to maintain them. I believe it’s due to weakness of will/sinful desires. At any rate, your principles look good and they’ve worked in my life for the most part.  

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    Great thoughts!  This has been on my mind a lot as I struggle with time waste.  Thanks for the encouragement!

  • http://twitter.com/jamespinnick7 James Pinnick

    I need for discipline in my life of reading the Bible. I don’t do it often enough. I talk to Him mostly everyday, especially in the morning, but I dont read His word enough. I have no excuses anymore….

    Author-The Last Seven Pages

  • Gabrielle

    Hi Alicia, Thanks for this post. A welcome reminder! Things like this need reading again and again, so that you don’t let the bad habits creep back in!

  • http://www.betterhealthtoday.co Kay Wilson

    Hey Michael, You must have read my mind, I just said to myself, yesterday, “self, what is going on with you? You cannot even stick to your 90 day plan and do the activity you need to do daily.”   Thank you for this post! 

  • Tom

    I’m not sure how much discipline I have but I know I need more.

  • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

    Number 3 is one thing I usually fail to do – “identify likely obstacles”.  I can see where this would help – to BEFOREHAND to identify obstacles which could hinder me from obtaining my goals.  Love the steps you have identified to develop disciplines.  I think of what Jim Rohn said “there is the pain of discipline and the pain of regret – discipline weighs ounces and regret weighs tons….”. 

  • peytyn

    Thanks for this article! I am trying to lose weight for my wedding and this is a great way to stay focused

  • Julie-Ann

    Great piece! Discipline is essential for anyone’s success. For businesses, discipline should combine with excellent service. This video offer a road map for creating a culture of service: http://www.upyourservice.com/video-theater/how-can-you-make-the-best-of-your-existing-culture-even-stronger

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  • T.L.Horat

    Thanks for the concise inspiration!

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  • Gail Kasper

    I’m going to let you in on a
    secret. Negative emotions can work to your advantage, but only if you recognize
    them for what they are and don’t allow them to rule – or ruin – your life. That
    which too often prevents you from moving forward is, in reality, meant to be an
    emotional distress signal telling you that something must change in your life.
    This can be found in my book, Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps To Achieve Your Goals.

    Gail Kasper

    Author, Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From
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  • http://twitter.com/RookieKE Rookie Manager

    Thanks for this post Michael. A tibia and fibula fracture immobilized me for most of 2011 and I’ve been trying to get back on the jogging routine, and this is just the kick start I needed. Writing down that list now, and hopefully I’ll be back on the track tomorrow

  • Anonymous

    These steps are extremely helpful for anyone! I love how versatile they are to apply in any situation. Thank you for sharing your examples as well – great!Gail KasperMotivational Speaker and Author, Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps To Achieve Your Goals

  • http://www.matthewjcochran.org/ Matthew J. Cochran

    I believe it’s been #2 that’s been missing for me. I do set goals for myself but I sometimes fall short because I either just stop thinking about them and get busy doing other things or because I never laid the groundwork for why I was going to try to achieve those goals in the first place. I’m going to begin taking your suggestions, beginning with my goal to start getting up earlier in the morning so I can have quiet time before my kids wake up and make that impossible.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HU3CGKJ3KBUDZXJXCVADGRIAFU Iron Stef

    This is great and what I need lately. I always think I am disciplined but my goals aren’t being reached at 100% rate. this will get me there!

  • KevinIvey

    Great and timely piece Michael.  Starting over at the age of 50, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time reflecting, planning and in prayer/seeking. Back to the basic in many ways-discipline is key.

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  • j

    Seek Jesus and HE will solve all of your problems, nothing else will. God Bless.

  • http://mcgreevycoaching.com/ Michael McGreevy

    Thanks Michael, this was extremely helpful! I just returned from an action packed weekend with Dan Miller and it’s challenging to know what to do first. Setting goals for this month with these guidelines have helped me know what to focus on. Thank You!

  • Hugh O’Donnell

    Please be sure to re-post this post at least once a year. It’s a great one.

  • Tim

    This is huge, and I love the clear concise step-by-step action plan. This simple post has the potential to be life-changing for me and my family. Thanks Michael.