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Monday Motivation: What You Want Most Over Now

Monday Motivation: What You Want Most Over Now

Monday Motivation, 3.22.2021

Written by: Dawn Paciocco

Every Monday, The Rogers-Long Team meets for one of its two weekly meetings. The Monday meeting always ends with “Monday Motivation” in which a few minutes are spent listening to one team member presenting a quote, a quick reading from a book, a scene from a movie, or anything else they find motivating to provide a “spark” to the whole team on a Monday morning.

The RLT is a group of disciplined leaders. Every year we start in October and we plan our goals for the following year. We do this early so we can map out a plan, put that plan into action, so that way by the end of the first-quarter we’re already ahead of where we want to be. We are now finishing the end of the first quarter of 2021 and it’s time to check on those goals we set. I meet with Ben this week to go over my personal and professional goals for 2021. I know what my goals are but as I pulled them out to review for our meeting, I realized I suck. I’ve half assed it. I have not given everything that I said I would do to hit those goals.

Growing up I always thought that being disciplined meant you were well behaved. Please and thank you’s, paid attention in class, didn’t act up. You were a disciplined child if you did all of those things. As you get older and grow up, you realize there is a lot more to being disciplined and it can be harder to be disciplined.

I feel like I am a disciplined person. But how come there are some things I am extremely disciplined about and then there are some things where I pick and choose whether or not I’m going to be disciplined. Sometimes it’s a day to day being disciplined. I came across this quote:

Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.

Damn! That is me. I struggle with choosing what I want most over what I want now. Do I want that piece of cake right now, yes of course I do. Do I want what to lose the 20 pounds that I said I was going to lose which is what I want most, yes of course I do. Being disciplined sometimes is the act of doing what you want most and not what you want now. It can be hard to pick what you want most over what you want now.  It can be a struggle and that’s why we have people that help us hold us accountable. The RLT is part of my accountability. I know that I’ve talked about this before but it goes one step further than just having the accountability, it is also asking those people for help. How can I be the person to help hold someone else accountable for their goals if I’m not even hitting mine. I know that may be sounds a little overdramatic but it’s how I feel and it’s got me thinking. I’m more disciplined at helping others than I am myself! Why? What’s wrong with me? Those people have asked me for help holding them accountable, and I am disciplined enough to help them.

It’s time to take those plans I made months ago and really put them in action. Maybe I need to tweak them to make them more manageable. But starting today, no more excuses I just have to do it. And if I need help that’s OK. If I need someone to help me reach those goal and to hold me accountable then I need to ask for that and I need to take that help. Part of being disciplined is realizing that you need the help and asking for it.  It doesn’t make me less disciplined. So I will take the help, I will put the goals out in front of me and I will make it happen. Just like Nike said: JUST DO IT!

Dawn Paciocco joined The Rogers-Long Team in September 2018 as the team’s Client Care Coordinator. Dawn spent 17 years in the financial services industry and much like Stacy, was first a client of Ben & Kevin’s before joining the team. After a couple years discussing the possibility of Dawn joining, The RLT excitedly brought her on due to her fun-loving attitude and belief in the team’s mission to build an army of people that does good, becomes better, and strives to be the best. 

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