SWEETENUFGILL shared this link to a talk by Mel Gibbons. It was worth seeing again.
1. In any area of your life you want to change, you will never feel like it.
2. You need to parent yourself to create the life you want.
3. Marry impulse with action within five seconds when you get the impulse. Don't put on the emergency brake or you will never do it.
4. Your problem isn't ideas. Your problem is that you don't act on them.
5. When you feel stuck, it's not a signal that you are broken. It's a signal that one of your most basic needs are not being met. (Referring to Maslow's hierarchy of needs)
She gave the example of going on a diet. (Ignore the bell that goes off in your head telling you that this is a lifestyle change, not a diet.) Her point is that we may not want to do what is required to make the change.
We may get streaks when we are motivated to make changes. We can create habits that will carry us through the times we don't feel like it. But for many of us, there are times when we just don't feel like doing it. Those times can sabotage the best efforts.
I do not always WANT to consistently make the changes that I must make to be healthy. My inner child is strong-willed. While a little free-spirit is good, as an all-encompassing lifestyle is not in my best interest. Immediate gratification versus long term satisfaction. The toll to health, finances, relationships, etc, can be too dear.
We have to mix freedom with being the parent. Have goals to create the life we want, know the steps it will take to achieve those goals, and follow through with a little self-discipline to make it happen. And have a little fun as we embrace the wonderful life we are creating.