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The scriptures introduce us to the ideal way of life; one that is conducive to the attainment of the Supreme Truth. Reading the lives of saints allows us to see how they lived this ideal life in circumstances familiar to us.
Now, we must live that life.
Do something which you should do or which is good for you, even if (especially if) you do not enjoy it.
The Vedas emphasise dharma as the basis for our daily actions. Most of the time, we live according to our desires. How can we become accustomed to performing our duty? By learning that we can live without our likes and dislikes.
When we do something that we don’t enjoy, our mind makes excuses, resists, or refuses to cooperate. By making it a point to do that thing, we train the mind to listen to the intellect, thereby aligning our personality.
Think of something which you do not enjoy, but which you know should be done; as part of your daily duty or because it is beneficial for you in body, mind, or intellect.
Be honest with yourself about the action and hold yourself to a high standard.
Make a resolve to perform that action every day (if possible, it can be the same action every day for the whole week).
Observe what your mind does when it comes to performing that action. Why does it react in that particular way? How do you feel after you have done the action?