Effortless Success Step 1

Updated: Sep 6, 2021

Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do.



For the next few weeks we are going to explore the how, what and why of self-discipline with simple daily activities you can add to your routine to move you in the direction of your goals. We will engage the subconscious for effortless success.


It’s time to stop settling for average


The first step in moving towards what you want in life is to be very clear about what that is. What material things you want, who you want to become and what type of people you want to share your life with. There is power in clarity. If you are not yet clear, take a moment for the 5 step program to get you on the right track.


It is also worth taking to consider if something is missing in your life. There 6 human needs – these are the things that contribute mightily to our happiness. When one is missing, or neglected, you may feel out of balance, disheartened, or lost.


  1. Significance – to feel important to someone, to feel important in your career and/or community or church.

  2. Certainty – to feel confident that things are going to happen as you expect, that you have a routine that guides you – this is a feeling that life is safe and you are secure.

  3. Uncertainty – to not be so certain that there is no variability or surprise in life. A little creativity and you can create this for yourself.

  4. Contribution – random acts of kindness, charity, providing and nurturing others, I believe this goes hand-in-hand with significance. Two excellent, reliable and trustworthy charities that I contribute to are www.compassion.com and www.bakashana.org. Of course, there are countless opportunities within your own community where time and/or money are needed.

  5. Connection – feeling connected to others, someone with whom to share your day, building fulfilling relationships.

  6. Continual Growth – Continual growth as an expansion of capacity, capability or understanding. Intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth fit into this category. You can challenge yourself by not only learning but mastering a new skill.


Take some time now to think about these six human needs, where you feel a lack, and jot down 5 to 10 ideas on how you make small changes and add more significance, certainty, uncertainty, contribution, connection, or growth into your life.


5 Minute Morning


When you wake up in the morning, take 5 minutes to focus your mind on your desires, goals and intentions. You can also take 30 seconds to visualize just how you would like your day to go.



When you do this, you may find negative thoughts or limiting beliefs come up. You have thoughts like ‘I can’t afford that’, ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’, ‘I’m not smart enough’, ‘I know I can’t do it so why bother’. These types of thoughts are often leftovers from childhood, overhearing parents talk about money troubles, for example. If this happens to you, use a releasing technique to let that negativity go.


Next, step into the day and ‘act as if’ – be the person who has those things, has those habits and behaviors, feel the excitement you expect to feel when you have accomplished all you goals. This programs your subconscious to move in the direction of who you need to become to achieve all you want to achieve.


Your challenge is to take action and add these two steps to your morning routine and watch for the next post on what you’ll add next.


Today has your name written all over it!


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Linda Short of Elle Short Coaching is a Goal Achievement Coach, certified health and life coach specializing in goal achievement. As a goal achievement coach, I help people struggling with where they are to create their own life story and take action toward their life vision. So that they can be mindful, get unstuck, find joy in each and every day, and live their best life.



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