If you’re anything like me, you want to do things and you feel super motivated to do it, but you’re just like really I don’t want to put in the work do it. I just want it to be handed to me. Seriously. Can’t it just be that way?! The things we need to put into place in our lives, aka discipline, requires the most work and the most commitment. And those things don’t always come easy, it never has for me.
Maybe you know my personal story, but if not I’m gonna give you a quick rundown. At one point in my life I weighed 280 pounds! After a terrible breakup I finally decided I was going to change my life. And I did. And it required work of astronomical amounts. When I lost my weight under 200 pounds I couldn’t believe that I had achieved it. It just took off from there.
Then at one point I decided I was going to run half marathons. And the discipline that was required was insane. And I am not just talking about the diet. The amount of time I spent working out and running was killer. How is that even possible after 280 pounds, I mean seriously?! I had transformed my physical self into something I never thought possible.
Today, I stay healthy but most of my habits are driven to develop both my mind and my body. Like waking up at 3:10am to fit a workout, meditation, and working on my business in before my corporate job. I had to discipline myself to go bed early and wake up early Monday through Friday! And it was so hard! It sucked! Big time!
I am in no way saying wake up at 3am! What I am saying is that with some discipline and healthy habits you can start and stay disciplined when it’s cold outside and you don’t want to get out of bed. Or when you seriously just don’t feel like doing a damn thing!
And here are 5 steps you can take to make it happen.
Change or work on one habit at a time. If you already have habits or disciplines in place, don’t feel like you need to go superwoman and change everything at once. Work on one thing at a time. If you want to start getting out of bed early but it’s been freaking cold AF outside, start Monday through Friday 30 minutes early until it’s habit then focus on the next thing. Or waking up earlier. If you don’t wake up before 6am, I wouldn’t suggest waking up at 3 or 4. I suggest 5 or 5:30am. Small is a good thing. The more small steps you make, the more progress you’re likely to make.
Write or schedule time in your planner. Yes, track this stuff. If you want to start drinking more water from 6 classes to 8, track it. Why? Because your mind will focus on it without you even realizing it. You will be more likely to stay on track and disciplined if you are aware it needs checked off. Plus you’re checking your progress. Which is huge motivation and provides a quick evaluation. Which is important to habits and goals. (And if you need some help with goals, check out this free master class!)
Make it a priority. Let’s say you’ve realized that you’re having a hard time working out after work. And you seem to find yourself distracted or unable to make the time, then do it first thing in the morning. And schedule the time. Make your workout time at 5am. Do what it takes to make it a priority. This will make a huge change in your focus and discipline. Or make sure you go to the gym right after work rather than going home first. This will help eliminate distractions.
Set milestones and goals and celebrate all wins. Meaning if you want one year of waking up at 5:30am then celebrate at 3 moths or 6 months or both of consecutive action! That’s something to be proud of. Plus you’re checking your progress, which will also help you stay on track. Remember to track your milestones in your planner.
Remember why you decided on these goals/habits in the first place. And why you want to be this disciplined. If losing weight is what you’re after, remember why. Remember the feeling or the look or whatever it is so when you really feel like you don’t want to do things you’re supposed to do, you can think back to your why. And be like, this is what I want.
Tying It Together
In the end, your discipline will keep you going after motivation has died. After the feel good feelings have disappeared and after everyone has failed. If you keep going and keep striving, this will change your life. No matter what you’re trying to achieve.
Start now. With one thing you want to change, or that you have noticed you’ve been slipping on. Use the 5 steps and start making it happen for yourself. And if you want to share on the socials about your progress and change, please do so. Use the #asfreeasyousee and I will cheer you on. And if you feel anyone can benefit from this article, please feel free to spread the love.