Sunday, June 9, 2019

How Daily Discipline Helps To Shape Your Life.

Discipline is something many of us lack in most areas of our lives (including me).  We all have our strong areas of discipline, but we often find ourselves not able to have discipline in other areas that might matter to us.

What actually got me thinking of writing this blog was how on Monday and Tuesday this past week I really didn't feel like taking a cold shower or going to the gym.  Now I know, I never really care for cold showers except for on extremely hot days, so this is normal for me, but not feeling motivated for working out is actually kind of different.

What actually got me to do both was that I started to ask myself "what would the ideal version of me do?"  This "act as if" mentality actually helped me to push through it, and afterwards I ended up feeling good about doing those things.

I personally take cold showers just for how it makes me feel energized and on top of the world afterwards.  On the other hand I actually have a real goal for fitness / working out.  If you have read some of my blogs from the past couple of months you know that I am working to be 165 pounds with 8-10% bodyfat.  So this gives me a reason to actually have discipline and continue to workout consistently.

How can this apply to your life?

Since most people don't even have the discipline to read a life altering book for 10 minutes after work, even having just a little bit of discipline will set you apart from most of the world.  If you think of it, it's really easy to go home and turn on the TV right away for 4 hours or so.

And although this is the easy thing to do, since all you have to do it sit there (and maybe hit a couple buttons on the remote, it doesn't take much discipline and on top of that) it probably won't bring you any closer to your goals.

If you are someone who currently has goals that you are working on, how can you continue to focus on them even when you don't feel like it?

Well from what I have found from my experience is that most of not taking action actually comes from overthinking the situation you want to be doing.

For example you have a goal to record a video.  You know its going to be a great video that your audience will love, but you start thinking to yourself "what if the lightings bad, what if I screw up, what if I have to redo the video?" etc. 

This type of overthinking the situation can actually cause you to end up not taking any action towards your goal of making that video.

And this is what most of us do whether we realize it or not.  

How discipline can help shape your life.The winners mindset. 

I found that by changing our mindset towards our goals it makes it easier to have discipline to achieve them.  Now I'm not saying you will have this mindset 100% of the time, but when you do have this mindset it will completely change what you are able to achieve throughout your day!

Lets discuss this mindset.

Back to the video example.  If you find yourself thinking about all that could go wrong, you aren't going to get anywhere.  

But if you are still overthinking you could instead think "I'm at least going to record this video today, if it doesn't come out the way I want it to that's ok because at least I took action".  

And you know what will happen 90% of the time?  You will take action and make a video that is at least good.  And if it isn't, since you are already making the video, and in the right mindset at this point, you will be more likely to continue to record the video until you are satisfied with it!

Act as if.

As stated above acting as if can also be very beneficial to your life.  If you envision yourself already where you want to be it will be easier to take action from that state of mind.

Sticking to making that video, if you see yourself as the video creator
that you want to be, it will be easier for you to come from that place, and thus take action and create the video you want to create!

Closing thoughts. 

I hope that these mindsets help you to stay on track with your goals.  Although it is hard and takes a massive amount of energy to do, it will be worth it.

Continue to grow and move towards the life you want to live!

Make the best of today,

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