For the first time in his young life, my son Miguel is playing
baseball. His team has their first scrimmage this morning.
Prior to this year, he never expressed any interest in playing
“pee wee” or little league baseball. Oh sure, we’ve thrown around
the ball with him in the backyard and played wiffle ball. And
he’s been to our baseball mecca, Fenway Park, to see a Red Sox
Now he’s participating in a more organized way.
When he made the decision to sign up for little league, I told him
he would be at a disadvantage to some of the other boys who have
played already. But that should not deter him. The important thing
would be to work on the fundamentals and begin to learn more about
how the game is played.
So, the day we signed him up, we started to practice.
We agreed to regular practice as a habit. Not only did Miguel
make the commitment to show up – on time – at every practice.
He’s also committed to practice on his “off” days at home.
I’ve insisted on this approach because it offers such a
wonderful tool for success, progress and transformation.
It’s part psychology, part discipline, part leveraging the
power of momentum: the momentum you get from the simple act of
making a decision to do something.
And the best time to act is…..immediately after you have made
Engaging in genuine discipline requires that you develop the
ability to take action. You don’t need to be hasty if it
isn’t required, but you don’t want to lose much time either.
Here’s the time to act: when the idea is hot and the emotion
When did Miguel and I go out back and start throwing around
The minute we got home from baseball signups.
Since then, we’ve not had to prompt or remind a single time.
Miguel has been the one asking us to go out back and throw the
ball, or work with him on his batting.
It’s become part of his routine now.
Here’s the secret: Take action as soon as possible, before the
feeling passes and before the idea dims.
If you don’t, here’s what happens:
You fall prey to what famous motivational speaker and successful
businessman, Jim Rohn, called the “Law of Diminishing Intent”.
As Jim said, “We intend to take action when the idea strikes us.
We intend to do something when the emotion is high. But if we
don’t translate that intention into action fairly soon, the
urgency starts to diminish. A month from now the passion is cold.
A year from now it can’t be found.”
So take action. Set up a discipline when the emotions are high
and the idea is strong, clear, and powerful. You’ve got to take
action; otherwise the emotion soon passes.
Unless you apply it to a disciplined activity.
Discipline enables you to capture the emotion and the wisdom and
translate them into action.
The key is to increase your motivation by quickly setting up the
disciplines. By doing so, you’ve started a whole new life process.
Discipline leads to self-worth and self-esteem.
As Miguel continues to develop his discipline by practicing
and playing and keeping his commitment to show up – on time and
ready to play – to all practices and games, he will develop far
more self-esteem than any amount of praise or encouragement
we can provide as parents.
Of course, our praise and encouragement are important. But when
he sees the fruits of his labors, and experiences the satisfaction
of persevering through an activity, even when it’s not fun or
seems hard (which inevitably it will sometimes), Miguel will have
learned such an important lesson.
How about you?
Did you make the decision at the start of the year – maybe as
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Did the new exercise routine or diet you started seem to just…
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Have you been struggling with some not-so-good habits – habits
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