中國古人云：「法在淺中求」其實，只要鎖定一個目標，時刻想著它，your subconscious will take care of itself.
If you have a clear goal and you want it badly enough, your behaviours will act accordingly and rearrange your priorities likewise.
When we reach out for that bar of chocolate, it’s because we subconsciously associate chocolate with happiness. It takes so much discipline (will power) for someone who wants to fit in a bikini to say no to the chocolate bar.
But if we remove such an association, and tell our subconscious mind that looking hot will bring more happiness than having a sugar rush, we won’t even have to fight the thought of the sweetness because it’s not what you want.
Instead of taming the monkey-like mind of yours to follow your ideal way of living, how about letting your subconsciousness do it on an auto mode for you?
Gather some pictures of your ideal self and put it somewhere you look at every day. (And I know you know it, yes, it’s a vision board. You heard of it a million times, but have you ever made one? Was it within your sight?)
Besides feeding your subconscious mind with visual inputs, give it some audio stimulation. Play interviews of your idols while you are getting ready in the morning or in the subway. If you want to move into a better apartment, invest a small perfume diffuser so that you are reminded the atmosphere of a luxurious room. Just be creative with how you want to be then your subconscious mind will do what you have to do.
I guess this is the logic behind Jim Rohn’s saying, “Motivation is what gets your started, habit is what keeps you going.” All those time management seminars and the timetables you make are for the mind to get motivated. But it’s the hidden messages you give your subconsciousness (e.g. What do I aspire to be? How badly do I aspire to become this person? Am I capable of achieving my dream?) that determines whether you will ignore the promises you’ve made and just watch another episode of popular dramas or you will kick your ass to get up and get things done.
Being mindful is a beautiful thing and is certainly the key to success. Anyone who is a someone has excellent self discipline. But for those who haven’t developed a strong mind just yet, manipulating the subconsciousness is an easy way out. (And I think the protagonist in the movie Inception adopts this trick.)