Heavyweight champion of the World Roberto “Rocky” “the Italian Stallion” Balboa (right) training in the mountains of the former Soviet Union in preparation for his bout against Olympic gold medalist and Soviet Army captain Ivan Drago.  The actual location is Wyoming. 

The new year is upon us and so are resolutions to become healthier.  Ocular health depends significantly on overall bodily health.  Here are some thoughts from Ross Enamait on staying disciplined for the sake of improved health:

One of the biggest myths of all is that successful people are constantly motivated. The online world that we live in certainly perpetuates this false assumption. Social media only captures what a person wants you to see. As a result, certain people have created the illusion that they operate in a fairy tale land that’s devoid of bad days and bad moods.

The reality though is that no one lives in a constant state of motivation. We all experience ups and downs, and moments when we don’t feel like doing what needs to be done. Successful people don’t just work when they feel like working however. Instead, they are disciplined enough to get the job done regardless of their mood.

If you always wait to feel a certain way before you act, don’t expect to ever accomplish anything worthwhile. Too much time will be spent procrastinating as you sit around waiting for the perfect mood to arrive. Meanwhile, your successful competitors will be busy putting in the work whether they want to or not.

One of the keys to becoming more successful is recognizing the simple fact that life is tough. There is no such thing as a perfect time to work or start a new task. Therefore, rather than constantly seeking out motivation to begin or continue, your time would be better spent cultivating habits that will eventually lead towards enhanced productivity.

More from Ross:

The other night I was out running hills at a local park. As I finished one of my last sprints, a passerby walked over and jokingly said, “I wish I had your motivation.”

I had just finished sprinting a long hill so I wasn’t about to engage in a conversation. I smiled and waved in appreciation and began jogging back to the bottom of the hill.

While jogging down, I started to think about what the man said. All of a sudden, I found myself shaking my head. I wasn’t feeling motivated at all. It had been a long day, my sleep cycle was off from the holidays, and I surely would have felt better doing something else.

I had already run several sprints but my next one was the fastest of all. I sprinted to the top in hopes of seeing the man. Fortunately, he was already long gone. I probably would have sounded like a lunatic, but I wanted him to know that I wasn’t motivated at all. Motivation isn’t what puts one foot in front of the other. It’s discipline and work ethic that keeps me going.

In other words, just because I don’t feel like doing something doesn’t stop me from doing it anyway.

This year and beyond, forget your feelings and get disciplined.  Your eyes — not to mention your whole body — will thank you.