The key distinction to anything we want to accomplish in life is discipline. And it’s something most people don’t stockpile. It matters not what you want to accomplish – losing weight, starting a new business, getting yourself into good shape, better organizing your life – every single venture requires a can-do attitude as a belief system and discipline as an accompanying behavior.

healthy_eatingI’ve found that discipline can grow on you though. It’s not something you need to acquire in one fell swoop. Starting slowly and continuing to build momentum is the most satisfying way to achieve it, I’ve found.

Several months ago, I started seeing a dietician. Before doing so, I wasn’t overweight or obese, but I knew I could eat better. I took her counsel “under advisement” at first, unwilling to make some (even most) of the eating modifications she was recommending. But as the months have passed, I have gradually incorporated more and more of her suggestions. And it’s paying handsome dividends. I’ve lost several pounds painlessly, merely by making one small change after another.

No matter what you might want to change, first understand why you want to do it, and why you want to do it now. Then, without analyzing, idealizing, or talking it to death, just get started. And do so slowly, as this will minimize relapse and discouragement. Then discipline will build.

Much of what I was eating 6 months ago, I have absolutely no desire for anymore. I just started slowly and rode the momentum wave.

Now, I’m in a healthy eating groove.

Joseph Wegmann, R.Ph., LCSW is a licensed clinical pharmacist and a clinical social worker with more than thirty years of experience in the field of psychopharmacology. His diverse professional background in psychopharmacology and counseling affords him a unique perspective on medication management issues. In addition to consulting with numerous psychiatric facilities, he has presented psychopharmacology seminars to thousands of clinicians in 46 states.

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