Develop Discipline by Seeing the Good in Any Task
If we were allowed to only do what we want, most of us wouldn't ever get anything productive done. Leo Babauta at Zen Habits recommends seeing the good in doing an activity, no matter what it is:
Discipline is really learning that you don't need some incredible reward - there's inherent good in just doing the activity. For example, if you're going to eat healthy food, you don't need to make it taste like your favorite dessert or fried food (rewarding food) - you can just enjoy the activity of eating fresh, healthy food. If you're going to exercise, it doesn't need to give you a flat stomach or nice arms - you can just enjoy the activity. Practice this : No matter what the activity, find the good in doing it, and the activity becomes the reward.
Stop thinking about what you'll get out of something and believe that just doing it is reward enough. Eventually the simple act of "doing" will make you feel good and your
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