Discipline is NOT Punishment. This has been a very HOT topic of discussion among my peers. The topic of getting things done is YOUR responsibility and people need to stop being so SOFT! I have talked about this in a ton of episodes on the Rotated Views podcast and I simply wanted to add a few things to the topic.
I was “planning” to begin my workouts every morning before I did ANYTHING else, but on the very first day I caved to my own negative self-talk. That’s right, even the “motivation” guy has his own weak points to making things happen; something I know I will be working on for the rest of my life. Anyway, I found myself supplying my mind with a ton of excuses as to why these morning workouts were not such a good idea after all…ultimately, I buckled.
Then I began getting mad at myself for NOT working out in the morning throughout the day. I realized I talked myself out of these morning workouts with no REAL good reason. This was frustrating and I knew something had to change in order for me to get the results I wanted. You see, it wasn’t JUST the mornings where the excuses flew into my mind…it was ALL DAY LONG! So even in the evenings when I told myself I would workout, I wouldn’t even follow-through. So I quickly realized I was full-of-crap!
The pain of discipline is a better feeling than the pain of regret and failure. I knew I had to not only commit myself to my decision of working out in the mornings, but understood that this would be a daily challenge I had to overcome. I had to stay consistent and persistent in my efforts; you know…practice what I preach. I had to shut off all the noise and focus on the goal. I knew my body would tell me to stay in bed, so I overcame those thoughts with a winning mentality. As a side note, your body will always be tired…you have to know when to ignore the exhaustion.
Of course this took a little while for me to overcome, but I am now in the routine of working out 5 days a week, first thing in the morning. You see, you cannot simply say “Working out in the morning is not for me”, and totally throw in the towel for physical fitness. You have to come up with a solution for a better time, otherwise, you too are full of crap! Straight up LAZY! Hahaha
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.- buddha
I strongly believe that decision must be backed with discipline. Discipline is NOT punishment, it’s self-control regulated enough to produce the desired results. So stop being so soft and step up to the plate. Stop feeling bad for yourself and making up excuses; they only person that is affected by the them is you. Make a decision to change, take action and stay disciplined…your future self will thank you, believe me, it’s worth it!
To Your Massive Success,