I read an article recently that suggested that in order to accomplish my goals I had to get more disciplined instead of more motivated. Motivation infers that I need a motive for action. Discipline is a decision to follow a set of rules and install habits that if done consistently and at a high level will cause me to inevitably arrive at my destination, my goal. I have discovered however, that if I have an option then I will not be consistent. An example is that I love getting up early during the week. So, I am up at 4:50 am on Monday Wednesday and Friday if I am playing racquetball but I sometimes sleep in until 7 or later on Tuesday and Thursday. Funny thing is that I am usually up by 6 on Saturday and Sunday. A couple of years ago I learned the concept of the black and white rule. Another name for it is the All or Nothing rule. So, in the case of wakeup time, the new rule is I always wake up at 4:50 am. There is never a reason or excuse that will allow me to sleep later. The option is what makes me ineffective. I always exercise, never an option not to exercise. I always eat primally, never an option to eat junk. Giving myself the option, I have learned after my short experience on this planet only gives me an out. It gives me just enough rope to hang myself. I remember having a rule that I exercised three days a week. Then I would let my self off the hook if I missed one day, then I remember missing weeks and telling myself that I would start again next week. I am sure that I am the only one that has done that. Well now the black and white rule is that I exercise everyday. My body requires it, I feel better after I do it and I don't always sprint five blocks but I am active and I am feel better. Black and white rules eliminate options. Options are bad for self growth, weight loss, health, sales and relationships.