One of my favorite quotes comes from Dan Millman’s book “Way of the Peaceful Warrior”. If you haven’t read this book, I don’t care who you are, you should. Anyway, the quote is this:
“Old urges continue to arise, but urges do not matter; only actions do. A warrior is as a warrior does.”
Everyone has urges. We constantly have urges, but until you act on them they mean nothing. Making changes in your life is difficult when you are used to following these urges. When you want that piece of chocolate cake and you know you shouldn’t have it, but you eat it anyway. Most times, if you acknowledge the urge, say, it sure would be great to eat that cake but it’s not going to get me where I want to be, then distract yourself, the urge will pass and no action would have been taken. You are now one step closer to your goal instead of three steps back with one inaction.
On the same hand, the urge to sleep a little later instead of getting out of bed to workout can be fought just the same. Once you have hit the snooze for the last time, I know it will be hard, but fight that urge, sit up and put your feet on the floor. There, action has taken you one step closer to your goal. Now walk your happy ass to the bathroom, brush your teeth and get our butt to the gym.
A warrior fights the good fight. He knows what must be done and what must be avoided. He is strong and fights the urge to do what he knows is not best. It’s a constant battle, one that must be fought everyday. Sometimes he wins and sometimes he loses, but if he wins more than he loses he’s that much closer to his goal.