I went to the gym to work out at the beginning of this month on Saturday morning and it was packed with people. I went there early this morning before I came to the office, and the crowd began to dwindle with people.
Year after year, the #1 New Year's Resolution is to "lose weight". Hence, that's why gyms are packed in January.
But towards the end of January, the number of people going to gyms begins to diminish. By early to late February the number of people going to a gym will be back to normal.
As for all of those people who made the resolution to "lose weight", most of them gave up on fulfilling their resolution.
Each year at this time, Network Marketers also make resolutions such as: 1) recruit new people every day, 2) dial numbers of prospects every day, 3) keep the recruiting pipeline filled, 4) stay focused, 5) be more responsible, and 6) be more motivated. Network Marketers, too, have made the commitment to stick to a plan to fulfill their resolutions.
But the same thing that happens to most of those people in the gyms also happens to network marketers. By mid-January most network marketers aren't doing what they planned to do. And by early to late February, most network marketers have totally dropped the ball with regards to all that they had "planned" to do for the New Year.
The way to stick to our plans and fulfill our New Year's Resolutions is by maintaining self-control and self-discipline. That's it. Nothing more. Both self-control and self-discipline are a mind-set that we choose to have. Both take resolve and repetition. It's not a passive endeavor. It's an aggressive endeavor. It's a choice we make. Moving from 'desire' to actually doing what you planned to do (i.e., your resolutions and goals) is only achieved with self-discipline.
If and when you aren't doing what you set out to do, then have the honesty and 'thick-skin' to look at yourself in the mirror and say, "I was not self-disciplined." Then, simply muster up the self-discipline to get back to doing what you set out to do and build this awesome business!
Self-discipline is a choice we make internally. It doesn't come from outside of us. It's a choice we make, over and over again, many times a day.