Last week, Matthew rode his bicycle for the first time and I was extremely impressed and very proud.
He did not want me to help him. He kept telling himself "I can do this, I can do this" and he did it. After riding it for a few minutes he said "Daddy, I am proud of myself!". And I cannot tell you how proud I was of him. I had to hold back tears (yes, I am a mush).
Not only was I proud but I was thrilled to see that he had that willpower, and the pride that he felt from his accomplishment is the greatest reward he could have gotten.
Over a decade ago, I quit smoking cold turkey after years of heavy smoking. I did not need any patch, gum or any other gimmicks. All I needed was willpower. I had the desire to do it, I had the dedication and I found the discipline. And to this day I consider it the greatest accomplishment of my life.
Three years ago, I ran the NYC Marathon with very little training, and even less sleep. Again willpower, I believe accounted for ninety percent of my performance.
One of my goals this year was to lose some weight and so I did; I am down fifteen pounds so far. Tooting your own horn does feel good!!!!
Willpower is key: Desire, Dedication, Discipline or as I call it Life in 3D.
If you are a parent and have a hard time finding the motivation just take a look at your children. If not for you, do it for them, you are their role model after all. When I get home at night and I go tuck my little ones in, I know I will never have a smoke again.