Wellness Wednesday: Why We Need Self-Discipline

Hopefully everyone succeeded with their smoothie cleanse last week.  If you tried it out, great!  If not, give it a shot sooner than later.  Your body will thank you.  My experience with it became better.  Instead of going only two full smoothie days I was able to go two and a half days.  I gave in to solid foods after I left the gym (my protein shake apparently wasn’t enough).  My body was crying for something with texture to be digested and broken down.  I listened, I ate and my body was much happier and back on track.

I credit all of the two and a half days to my self-discipline.  It’s something you definitely need while you’re on any type of cleanse, diet, life style adjustment or if you have a specific goal you’re looking to achieve.  You need much self-discipline in life to get you through temptations and to maintain perseverance despite failure and setbacks.  It’s what enables our self-control to overcome addictions, procrastination and laziness, and to follow through with whatever you do.

The misconception with self-discipline is that there is no spontaneity in life, that everything needs to be in order, or these people have an attitude of harshness and restrict themselves to the max.  However, self-discipline gives you the power to stick to your decisions and follow them through.  It’s quite almost like a little internal magic power that keeps you focus on a particular task.

There have been plenty of occasions in my life where my daily regimen could’ve been derailed for weeks.  Yes, I have my ups and downs too but I don’t let them get in the way of my objectives.  Let me tell you, and I’ll be honest, I can’t count how many times when I just wanted to lay down and sleep my stress away.  But what is that going to accomplish?  Exactly…Nothing.  Over time, I learned the vital importance of regimen, ritual, commitment and discipline to achieve success.

Some say I take it to the max.  I’ve been told ,”You need to wind down and relax,” or “All you do is work”…”You’re always busy”…”What do you do for fun?”  But this is me being relaxed and content.  Yes, my day is full of work, clients and writing but I’m building my future and network.  I’m not sitting at home watching TV after I get out of work at 5pm or going to the grocery store at 2am to buy cookies and potato chips because I have a the cravings of a pregnant woman (I knew someone who did that… they weren’t stoned either).  This is what I want to do.  I have attracted incredible people who are like minded, hard workers and determined and have gained numerous contacts and opportunities.  All of this is from consistent self-discipline.

We are all self-disciplined on some level.  To gain more takes time and focus and a set plan.  However, I find these three steps to be the most significant in achieving self-discipline.

Be Aware:  Learn the importance of time management.  Value the time you have and make the most of it.  How you exercise control over your spare time will correlate into how much self-discipline and control you truly have.  Also be aware of problems and failing.  Unfortunately, this is a huge part of success.  Not everything is perfect. There’s going to be downfalls here and there.  Be aware and don’t let anything get out of control.

Effort: Behave according to the decisions you make.  Don’t let laziness and procrastination get the best of you.  Nothing great in life will be handed to you.  Work your ass off for it.

Take Action: Take the blame, take the fall, and take the opportunities and chances.  You will never know what’s to come unless you yourself take action.  Follow through with your plans and take responsibility.  For some people this is hard.  You may think if you’re doing the right or wrong thing.  It’s almost the same feeling of being at the top of a rollercoaster but it stops and you’re just sitting there wondering whether to go or not.  Either way, you awkwardly stay stuck at the top or you go head on at full force into your goals.

The best things in life are achieved through self-discipline.  Sheer willpower can only do so much.  Create an environment where self-discipline is needed, maintained and rewarded.




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2 Responses to Wellness Wednesday: Why We Need Self-Discipline

  1. Self-talk is often harmful, but it can also be extremely beneficial if you have control of it. When you find yourself being tested, I suggest you talk to yourself, encourage yourself and reassure yourself. After all, it is self-talk that has the ability to remind you of your goals, call up courage, reinforce your commitment and keep you conscious of the task at hand. When I find my discipline being tested, I always recall the following quote: “The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret”. Burn this quote into your memory, and recall in whenever you find yourself being tested. It may change your life.

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