I truly believe that the human brain is geared to detect either abundance or lack of external resources through our sense perceptions, and either stimulate the necessary motivation to acquire them or suppress it and preserve internal resources (hibernation).

whether resources are lacking or wrongly perceived as such does not matter, the brain will engage in preservation mode by turning down the hunger or desire signals.

you might have experienced that if you have ever fasted for a prolonged period. you feel almost no hunger for the entire day, then the feeling suddenly gets intensified as the time for eating approaches.

My theory is that this applies to all areas of life. For example, if your brain perceives the resource of self-discipline as lacking, it will push you to avoid engaging in any activity that requires a long term commitment. thus preserving the internal resource of self-confidence.

We have to understand that the brain is here to help us manage internal resources, and it simply reacts to our sub communication. in the case of self-discipline, if we find a way to communicate that the resource is present again, by engaging in simple repetitive tasks. by scheduling long term commitments, the brain gets reassured that self-confidence is not in danger and that it will be renewed and strengthened by engaging in more long term habits.

You will realize very quickly ( 9 to 21 days) that the motivation to achieve long terms goals kicks back in, and that new lanes for using these resources start opening up.