Empower Each Day With Discipline
As we continue to discuss intermittent fasting this month, we would like to share some ideas on habits, discipline and finding your inspiration to achieve the health and fitness goals that best suit you for your best life. Our topic today is Allow Your Discipline To Empower You Each Day.
Question, do you allow discipline to empower you each day for your best health and fitness lifestyle?
It took me a long time to learn the practice of discipline for my best healthy life and as we are discussing intermittent fasting this month it felt like the right time to talk about discipline and habits.
This idea of discipline as a practice has been a complete life changer for me. Over the past year, I have developed so many new healthy disciplines and practices one at a time. Each one has been an important piece of the huge positive new disciplines and habits I have been able to achieve. I want to share this important idea with you. Discipline to empower you.
“Don’t expect to be motivated every day to get out there and make things happen. You won’t be. Don’t count on motivation. Count on discipline.” - Jocko Willink
For years I thought discipline and habits were about lack of freedom, and this is simply wrong. Now, you may think that developing discipline is about limitations. This thought has probably been reinforced by previous attempts at changing your bad habits or at least this is what I thought.
Actually, it can be very empowering and freeing to develop the practice of discipline. Think back to when you managed to make a change in behaviour that was successful, how did you feel?
When you overcome obstacles in your path and accomplish something with consistent work, you feel like you can do anything.
When you are not self-disciplined, you often do not accomplish your goals and feel the struggle, right? You tend to put yourself down more and in general, have a more negative outlook on life. You may set yourself up for health issues, in particular, those related to obesity, fatigue and lack of motivation or maybe you have trouble in your relationships with friends and family.
Successful people do not get there just because of luck. They make goals, plan how to achieve them, and then develop the discipline and habits to accomplish those goals and plans. They do fail, they do have obstacles, they may even modify the goals or go in a different direction based on working on those original plans.
If you want to succeed, you must have self-discipline. You may want to get rid of bad habits like smoking, inactivity, and overeating. You may want to form good habits such as exercising, eating well, reducing clutter, reading more books, watching less television, or spending more time with family.
You can accomplish these new disciplines and habit changes if you focus on one or maybe two at a time, and consistently act on those goals over time. One goal at a time is best, though if you are trying to lose weight, for example, you may think it is better to combine dietary changes with exercise. I disagree with this idea.
Start exercise first. Don't change how you eat. Get out walking, lifting weights, or another form of exercise that you will do each and every day. Once that becomes a disciplined practice then begin to look at eating well. This might be the best time to consider intermittent fasting.
The Person You Can Control – “The only person you can control is you. So focus on making yourself who you want to be: Faster. Stronger. Smarter. More humble. Less ego.” - Jocko Willink
The biggest obstacle to discipline is not a lack of willpower, but a desire for instant gratification. Especially in modern society, everything seems to be focused on having things done quickly. People eat instant oatmeal or cold cereal instead of having a cooked breakfast.
You grab dinner at a fast-food restaurant instead of home cooking a real food meal. Television commercials tell you that you can have this or that right now if you pay by credit card. The problem with that of course is the interest you later have to pay on those purchases. The same goes for your health and fitness.
You can improve things where you are not in debt, are healthy and fit, and have stable relationships, but it will require giving up instant gratification and adopting a self -discipline practice. It will not always be easy, but you will find it empowering to achieve your goals for a better life.
Whether you are putting a plan together for your health and fitness discipline is vital to move forward to achieve your desired outcomes. The same goes for the practice of intermittent fasting. You must plan, decide what protocol will be best for you and then discipline yourself to stick to that plan for at least 30 days.
Allow Your Discipline to Empower You Each Day, will you? Share your ideas and thoughts below.
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