Hard Way Now, Easy Way Later
Show me a person that always acts according to their feelings and I’ll show you a loser.
The human being seeks maximum pleasure for minimum effort. This means that if left to your own devices, you’ll only do what is necessary to survive and replicate. Everything else is secondary if it doesn’t increase pleasure or comfort.
Success is found by moving past your comfort zone. Repeatedly. Over time. The only way to do this is to consistently act against your own human nature. Sometimes you’re motivated. Sometimes you’re not. These are the moments to act against your feelings. If you don’t, you won’t move any closer to what you want.
The more resistance you feel when starting something, the better you feel afterwards. Conquering sloth and inertia is one of the best feelings in the world. Anticipating that feeling can get you off your ass.
If you don’t want to work-out, study, meet new people, or [insert any value building activity instead of sitting on your ass], remember how good it felt after the last time you did it–even if you initially didn’t want to. Many times that’s all you’ll need to take the first step in the right direction.
Not being a slave to feelings is also a good way to prevent prison or a premature death. Prisons and cemeteries are full of people that reacted solely based on emotion. Discipline is the ability to do what will get you a constructive result instead of placate your feelings. This is why discipline and self-restraint are big indicators of success in life.
When confronted with the familiar, comfortable or easy option versus the one that is hard and will force you to take new action, choose the latter.