Discipline- 3 Helpful ways to get a bit more

What is discipline? Simply, discipline is doing the things you need to do to succeed, even when you don’t feel like doing them. Many of us have experienced the lack of discipline in one area or another in our lives. Being undisciplined is the most important contributing factor to why it is so hard to break our habitual patterns. A lack of discipline is also why it is so hard for many to break their chronic eating habits – it is so much easier to continue to do things the way that is familiar or comfortable – even when these habits cause them discomfort or prohibits them from accomplishing their goals.

So how do we create discipline for ourselves and help develop greater discipline so that we can successfully change eating habits and accomplish our goals? Here are 3 powerful ways to create discipline:


1. Create a powerful sense of purpose. When you have a powerful sense of purpose – a ‘why’ achieving this goal is important to me – it is much easier to be disciplined. Write down why changing our habits are important to me. For some it may be to look better because they don’t like how their current diet makes them look while for others it may be to stop feeling the chronic pain or aches they are experiencing. The more personal and real the purpose is, the easier it is to develop the discipline it takes to do positively correct lifestyle habits.

2. Resist the temptation of instant gratification. Our society is based almost entirely upon instant gratification. ‘Take this medication for immediate pain relief.’ ‘Go on this diet and you’ll lose 7 pounds in the first week.’ ‘Use this cream and you’ll instantly look 5 years younger.’ However, even though we understand there are very few things worth having that happen immediately, we can’t help but buy into the temptation of instant gratification. One of the most important things we can educate ourselves on is the concept that everything worth accomplishing takes time. This is true whether the goal is weight loss, gaining muscle, or changing bad eating habits. Remember, our chronic habits didn’t develop overnight and neither will the solution to breaking them happen overnight. Alsoo remember the importance of remaining consistent while resisting the temptation of instant gratification. As mentioned, very little worth accomplishing in life occurs without a consistent effort.

3. Join a support group. The temptation to remain in our current state is great. Developing and remaining disciplined takes the support of others. If you want to develop or expand your expertise, you need to surround yourself with others who also want to develop theirs. Find a positive role model and mimic their journey. I am opening up my ProCoach Group which gives you this piece of help. I'll be there to help you get to your goals. If your tired of dieting but want to make changes in your health, let me be your support.

Developing the self-discipline required to change any habit is challenging. However, by creating a powerful sense of purpose, resisting the temptation of instant gratification, and having a support group, you can develop or increase your discipline.

About the author

Coach Nancy

Nancy Carlson is a Certified Professional Fitness Trainer with the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association, a Level 1 Youth Conditioning Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association, and is a Level 2 Certified Precision Nutrition Master coach. Nancy was recognized in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the “Best of the Best” Fitness Trainer in Southern NH by the Hippo Press.

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