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Episode 214: 9 Habits of Highly Disciplined People (Part 1)

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Summary  

Do you feel like you're constantly trying to win the battle of You against You?

Sunday Night You sets an alarm to get up early to workout. Then Morning You says 'fuck that' and hits snooze until you have to get ready for work.

Motivated You makes the commitment to stop bringing junk food into the house. Then Hungry You grabs a box of cookies and a carton of ice cream at the grocery store - that bitch. 

Disciplined You decides to start going to bed at 10 o'clock. Then Nighttime You hits play on the next episode of Outlander at 11 o'clock at night.

UGH!

How do other people do it?? How do they go to the gym day in and day out? How do they say no to the bag of chips each night while they watch tv? How do they get in the kitchen and cook when they're exhausted after a long day?

Discipline. 

And contrary to what it may feel like, discipline is not a personality trait that you either have or you don't. It's a skill that can be honed with the right habits and the right mindset.

So what do disciplined people do that makes them... well, disciplined?

1. They embrace discomfort.

As a disciplined person myself I can tell you while it may look easy on the outside, being disciplined comes down to doing one thing when you would rather do another. And that isn't a comfortable feeling for anyone.

The trick is to stop thinking it should be comfortable or it should be easy. If it was, everyone would be crushing it in every arena of their life, implementing every good habit they know they should be doing. 

But here's at least my personal trick for tolerating that discomfort - I've come to appreciate and emphasize in my own brain the pride and satisfaction that comes after doing something that you know is good for you even if you didn't feel like doing it. 

2. They create an environment that doesn't deplete their willpower and that makes taking action faster, easier, and more enjoyable.  

Every time you avoid temptation, you're drawing on your discipline stores to say 'no'. So stop making yourself say no so often. 

Stop bringing food into the house that you have to say no to every day. Get your tv out of your bedroom so you don't have to say no to another episode each night. 

Put your gym equipment in an easy-to-access spot in your home and bring your workout clothes to the front of your closet. Even removing small inconveniences and delays can make a huge difference.  

Get quality kitchen tools that make cooking faster and easier like a good quality chef's knife, a decent blender, and an air fryer (game-changer by the way).

3. They use the 5 second rule... and then the 5 minute rule.

When you're faced with a task you don't want to do, count backwards from 5 and once you hit one, spring into action.

One of the biggest habits that helped me become a more disciplined person was not letting myself go down the mental rabbit hole of talking myself out of a task. Once I decide to do something, I take not doing it off the table entirely. 

Then once you're up off your butt, commit to just doing 5 minutes of the given task (and seriously give yourself the option to stop when the 5 minutes is up). More often than not you'll keep going, starting is by far the hardest part. 

 

Gio and I got into some really interesting conversations just on these first 3 tips alone in the podcast, so be sure to actually listen in to the episode by clicking that play button up top!

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