Good morning everyone, and if it’s not morning in your time zone or when you read this, then good afternoon/evening. In my last post I talked about the importance of discipline and how it keeps you on track with your goals to build muscle and burn fat when your motivation starts to wane. Do yourself a favor and check it out here if you haven’t already done so. In that post I talk about the true way to achieve any goal is discipline rather than motivation. Some people say that motivation is better for short term goals whereas discipline is better for medium to long term goals. My response to that is that you need a series of short term goals and some medium term goals to achieve your long term goals.
For example I’m finishing the last year of my bachelor’s degree and plan to begin graduate school next year. I have a 4.0 GPA, and I want to maintain it through the completion of my degree in order to set up better opportunities as a graduate student. Some of my daily short term goals during the semester are to attend every lecture, take notes, ask questions for clarification, and then go home and read the chapters. Some days I just don’t feel like doing all or any of that, and that’s where discipline kicks in.
Today I’m going to teach you how to build discipline and get the results of it in all areas of your life, whether it’s achieving your fitness goals, professional goals, or even personal goals. Discipline is something that you can never have too much of. To start, it’s important to define discipline so that we’re on the same page and have equal understanding. In the context of what we’re talking about in this post, discipline is training yourself to do the same activities every day to the point that they become automatic. The reason we do this is because it’s easier to do something when you don’t have to think about it. Straining yourself under heavy weights when you’re already sore from the previous day isn’t fun for some people if they have to consciously make the decision whether or not to go to the gym that day.
Another example that some people can relate to is checking their Facebook or Instagram every day. For many people this is automatic because they’ve done this routine every day for years. People like myself on the other hand can go weeks without longing in and think nothing of it, because it’s Inot a part of my daily routine. I’m sure you have an idea of where I’m going with this.
Now that we’ve defined discipline, I’m going to teach you how to build it and it’s easier than you probably think. I want you to pick one activity and do it everyday for one month. It can be anything that you want, whether it’s getting in 30 minutes of exercise every day or preparing your meals for the next day the night before. If you’re already doing these things, consider picking up a book and spending 30 minutes to an hour each day reading it. The activity itself doesn’t matter as long as you’re doing something.
The reason why I recommend doing the activity for one month is because research shows that it takes about 21 days for a habit to form. The extra days is just in case you’re someone that needs extra time to see the desired results. Within the initial days it’s especially important that you stay on track, because distractions begin to appear once you start getting focused on your goals. A new television series comes on, your “friends” that you haven’t heard from in months want to hang out with you, a party is happening that night, etc. Ask me how I know this. LOL. You can always count on people to be people.
This doesn’t mean that you have to cut yourself off from all contact with others, but you should limit your interactions with them most of the time if they don’t have the same goals as you because they will unintentionally (and sometimes intentionally) distract you from achieving your goals. To give a personal example, I often have people tell me that I don’t have to work out as much since I’ve already build a solid base. While this can be good advice, the people that tell me this usually don’t have the background that I do as a certified personal trainer nor have they spent the years that I have acquiring information. I have to take it as either they either don’t understand why I do this or they hope to talk me out of staying in shape for whatever reason.
They might be successful at accomplishing their goal (pun intended) if I were undisciplined, but like I said, I’ve spent years building myself into the person that I am today. I will be even more disciplined years from now because of my mindset. The great thing about discipline is that you can use it to build multiple good habits and as a default you begin to drop bad habits. The reason why some people achieve more of their goals than others is because these people know what they want, and they have the discipline to keep doing the right things even when they don’t feel like it.
That’s all for today folks. Discipline is crucial to becoming the person that you want to be. In my next post I will talk about setting priorities and how to rotate priorities so that you’re able to accomplish multiple goals at once. This is a skilled that I learned and refined in the Navy, and I know that you all will benefit from it. Like, comment, and subscribe. Share this post if you know anyone else that can use this information. I’m out.