What goes through your head when you’re trying to discipline yourself to create a new habit?
This habit can be eating better, working out, studying, exercising patience, spending less money on unnecessary things, etc.
This is what goes through my head:
“When this phase is over with, I’m going to be stronger, and I’m going to be a better person. If I can get through this mental battle- I can get through anything."
Then, it becomes a game that I have to win & I love a challenge.
Consider these three points:
Understand that discomfort is temporary, but we must be uncomfortable to grow.
All stress comes from the mind.
Your brain will validate all of your beliefs, rather they are right or wrong.
“Train your mind to be stronger than your feelings.”
For example, let’s say you found a license or certification you can obtain that’ll make you more knowledgeable in your industry. Most likely, you already have a full schedule and a lot on your plate.
So, what are you going to do? Are you going to find an excuse or are you going to find a way?
Let’s say the certification exam is 4 weeks from now.
2 hours of studying a day, 7 days a week = 56 hours.
(play w/ the numbers as you see fit depending on the amount of material)
This is very doable.
Challenging? Yes, but doable nevertheless.
Make the decision that you’re going to commit, and follow through.
In terms of this example, ask yourself this:
Why would you not want to have extensive knowledge, licenses, and certifications?
What’s a recession when you're recession proof and can always adjust if you need to?
Do you want to put in the overtime now so that you can choose when and how you want to work later?
Or do you want to take it easy now and stress yourself later?
These questions can be tailored for any habit you're in the process of disciplining yourself to create.
Even if you’re young like myself, we have to always be thinking about the long game.
If you invest in yourself now, your family will be thanking your for generations to come. Complaining and coming up with reasons why it’s hard or why someone had the advantage, won’t result in any progress.
“Discipline HAS to be greater than the desire to get it done.”
Motivation is fleeting & easy to rely on because it requires no concentrated effort.
Motivation comes to you- you don't have to chase after it.
Discipline is reliable, motivation is fleeting.
Force yourself to work.
These are the things I tell myself in moments of struggle.
These are the things that help me push through.
Because I love you, I want to help motivate you and inspire you anyway that I can- even if it’s just by sending encouraging words and tips your way.
Here are few resources that are also helping me/have helped me to stay disciplined.
Check them out, and let me know what you think.