Motivation is powerful but it doesn’t always last. When motivation lags you need good old-fashioned, buttkicking self-discipline to keep you on track.
Self-discipline is about knowing what you have to do, and doing it even when you don’t want to. Like going to the gym when you’re tired or running in the rain. It’s about gritting your teeth and getting on with it – even if you don’t want to.
“Do something today that your future self will thank you for”
What we do or don’t do today won’t change the here and now much, but it will change what happens to us tomorrow, the day after, and the day after. Like saving money today for the house you’ll buy tomorrow.
It’s like the entrepreneur who works 18 hour days for the business that will make him a millionaire in the future. Do something today that your future self will thank you for.
If that resonates with you and if you’re serious about making REAL changes in your life, then I strongly recommend you DO these three things if your self-discipline is lagging:
Set a Goal.
You need to know where you’re going and you need to be able to measure how close you are to your goal. Take measurements, keep score and review these weekly.
Find an accountability partner who you can rely on and share the journey with.
The positive pressure of having someone there is immense but it can drastically increase your chance of success.
What you don’t need is a ‘yes man’.
What you do need is someone who’s going to make sure you’re doing the work, supporting you when you need support and shouting at you when you need to be shouted at.
Be Accountable to a Group.
Just look at the success and popularity of boot camps.
They’re not just an exercise class; they’re an exercise group where camaraderie and working towards a common goal are a major part.
In the group you bust a gut so you’re not the weakest link and you push yourself to make sure to keep pace with everyone else (and to keep the instructor happy).
Strange as it may seem – we are social beings and working in a group triggers our basic instinct to fit in.
Check out our group classes at OTC and come join our community of high-energy, hard-working, enthusiastic people!
Let Me Summarize:
- Write down your goals.
- Be accountable to yourself.
- Find an accountability partner.
- Join a group.
It’s all simple stuff (like the best advice always is).
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I am 53 y/o mum of three challenging boys 20,18,18, full time wife, full time road officer shift work and all, mother in law with beginnings of dementia lives with me, I still have aging parents abs special needs sister. 2 dogs and 1 dog staying with me and two cats. I work out everyday. I did a figure show oct 18 then fell into a new position that was very stressful only officer on an First Nations island, last year moved to OPP. Turning 50 weight gain snd can not shift it usually 135-141 by now 157-161 most around the middle desperate. I don’t like eating. I try to eat the right things. My last few coaches but the diets are cookie cut that are not for me. I don’t eat pork I am allergic to turkey. I am not a great cook and my family is meat potato’s deep fried eat out. I need quick easy food. I don’t mind food prepping but I hate when it turns out yucky. I often prep then look in fridge snd say nah. I take my food to work 12 hours and for get to eat it or not keen on what I bought. Think you can help me? Still not through menopause because Mother Nature likes to surprise visit me. I pretty much have a full gym rower spin bike treadmill weights squat rack hand weights bosu ball tubes bands I used to teach aerobics. I am desperate I can’t fit any clothes. I try to cut out sweets – I do like my donuts. Need a coach who understands shift work and can cater to it. I am a stress eater but the wrong things. Not much of a spice girl or creative when it comes to food. Can you help?
Hi Debra! Such a coindence that I happened to see this tonight as I was changing the dates on my 8 weeks to fabulaus program dates! I hope the program is going great for you! You are super women and know that you can handle anything! Accountability is huge as is support and I hope you are finding that both are helping in your journey with us at Team Laus! I am looking forward to working with you at the event in September!