4 Steps For Increasing Self Discipline
You know a key to life that is missing from a lot of our lives? Discipline. It is not a very common trait these days. It takes discipline to not go buy whatever you want whenever you want it (massive credit card debt), it takes discipline to raise kids right (troubled kids), it especially takes discipline to be healthy (obesity epidemic). It is not easy to stay healthy these days. With people working more and more hours, fast food everywhere, 500 channels of TV to watch, etc... it takes time and effort to break through all that. I know a lot of people that are super disciplined in everything in their life, except their health. I practice discipline every day in my workouts. I do 90% of my workouts in my garage by myself. The weights start getting really cold this time of year, tons of distractions, 100 other things I could be doing, but I get out there and get it done. My wife can tell you, I am undisciplined in a lot of other things. My car is a WRECK, my home office is a WRECK, my face is HANDSOME, wait what? You have to take care of you first. If you let your health decline and get really sick, does a dirty house really matter that much? Are you like that? Extremely disciplined in one area and terribly undisciplined in another? Well here are a few tips to help increase self discipline.
1. Keep the goal in mindI can’t remember the last time I took a week off from working out when I wasn’t sick. I am absolutely driven (possibly addicted) to exercise. If I ever need a little inspiration I pick up a 50 pound dumbbell and remember I used to carry that weight on my body all day long when I was overweight. Never going back to being overweight is a huge motivator for me. 2. Realize you need it
Sounds simple, but it’s the truth. Look at your life and see where you need discipline. It’s in there somewhere. Maybe it’s a weakness for sweets you can’t break the habit of eating, but you know there is an area you need. Knowing is half the battle.
3. Do something every day you don’t want to do
Not things you HAVE to do like go to work, pay bills, waking up early, etc... For me it’s wearing pants. Technically I don’t have to, but it is in everybody’s best interest so I do.
It could be as simple as walking the dog out in the cold, but overcoming that initial aversion to doing something will make it easier in the future to break through the next time and get things done. That will also being to bleed over into your workouts. When you feel like quitting, you know you can push a little further.
4. Remember this quote
"The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret."
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