When we make the proper preparations we increase our chances of becoming successful. And when we have the discipline to stick with our preparations we have to chance to knock our goals out of the park.
Have you ever been there?
That feel good place where you just know that you’re on the right track, and you are making progress towards your goals.
You may have started out the day with oatmeal and fruit. Maybe you had granola for a low-calorie snack. For lunch, you kept it going with a satisfying, low-carb meal. And for dinner, you had a salad with the perfectly seasoned grilled chicken breast.
You’re starting to think that this whole “new diet” thing might not be so bad after all – and you feel so good about yourself. You’re off to a great start.
Then comes day number three.
You haven’t eaten dinner yet, and you’re out at the mall. The aroma of chicken hits your nose. And not just any chicken. But it’s your absolute…. Favorite. Fried chicken.
You’re trying to resist.
Sweat is starting to bead at the top of your forehead.
You know what you should do.
But, you say to yourself,
“Well, dinner hasn’t been prepared, and I am hungry right now. Will this two piece with a biscuit and sweet tea really hurt me that bad?”
If you had only planned and prepared for dinner else where you would not have been so tempted to get that ol’ two piece.
This all too familiar scenario has been the story of so many people who want to get on the right track with a new habit.
The excitement is there at the beginning, but the discipline isn’t there to carry them through just yet.
Preparation is such a critical part of starting and reaching your goals. Preparation is easy to do. But it is also easy not to do. And remember, once you have made your preparations, you have to have the discipline to stick to your plan.
Have you ever prepared a monthly budget?
You may stick to the budget through the first week of the month, but then comes that trip to the mall. You see that suit on sale that you’ve just got to have.
It’s just one time and one item that has the potential to lead to two items…three items…all at a great price…a price that was not in your budget.
Preparing the budget was simple and exciting, but sticking to it became challenging.
When we make the decision to do the simple tasks of planning and preparing and have our minds made up to be disciplined to stick to it, that feeling of accomplishment will last longer than just a couple days.
So, maybe you’ve dropped the ball in having the discipline to prepare. It’s not too late to get up and give yourself a fresh start.
It all starts with a decision. Make the decision to prepare and be disciplined to carry your family to financial success.