Endurance means doing what has to be done whether you feel like it or not. You alone are responsible for developing your endurance. It cannot be taught by anybody else or given to you by anyone else. During the first couple of weeks of trying to reach a goal, consider your feelings to be subordinate to reason. A big part of working towards a goal is telling the truth to yourself first and foremost- that you need to continue working hard for your goal and that you will not be receiving any medals for your efforts. You will surmount any obstacle rather than quit and give up on your goal. I call this kind of endurance “will” (meaning the “will” to exercise”- not willpower over giving up).

Some people fail to implement a responsible choice, even though they are sincere, and they fail because they do not want to endure the transitional discomfort that comes with new choices and new behaviors. But the discomfort is only transitional. Early on, your choices may leave you feeling as if you’re in a kind of no man’s land- a place barren of familiar activities. But feelings of unfamiliarity, or a sense that something is “off,” aren’t bad. In fact, it means you’re making progress. This “off” feeling is just your brain’s way of holding onto what’s been safe and secure for you, and it’s only temporary. All will start to feel better as you and your brain ease into you’re new “normal.”

Choice and will are complementary. Choice cannot be implemented without endurance or will. The more successful the implementation, the stronger you affirm each choice you make and the closer you get to reaching your goal.

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