Discipline sets you free. This is how...

Coach Josh here, sharing with you some ideas on discipline. 

Discipline. What a beautiful word, what a beautiful idea!

Discipline sets you free. 
Discipline gets you the things that you need in your life. 
Discipline allows you to take the actions that you must take, even when you don't feel like it. 

Discipline is a hot topic right now, but it's always been huge in my life. I want to break down some of the ideas around discipline. I want to make it a little bit more accessible because discipline is NOT punishing yourself for not doing the right thing. That's revenge.

Discipline means doing what you must do, even when you don't feel like doing it.

It's sort of like adulting.

One way I use discipline in my life is by pre-negotiating decisions. That way, when a decision pops up, the ONLY thing I have to do is follow the plan. It sounds simple and it is. Having a plan is valuable because if I have to think about whether or not I'm gonna work out, there's a good chance I may not make a great decision every time.

If I have to think about whether I'm going to eat chicken and broccoli for lunch OR  bacon and french toast... I'm probably not gonna make the best choice. In fact, I have a 50/50 chance of not doing it, so pre-negotiating the meal choice means that I have on my meal plan the food I've already chosen.

Another example: I schedule the time that I'm gonna work out and I know what I'm going to do when I get to the gym. I've got my training program. I've got all of my systems set up and my plans laid out so that I don't have to expend mental energy by making decisions. And I don't have to exercise discipline anymore.

Follow the plan!

Discipline comes from just following the plan, which takes some of the stress off you. You will remove the pressure to consistently make good decisions because they're already made! You already know what you want. If you know you want to save 5% of your income, 10% of your income, then save it by making it automated.  Out of sight, out of mind.

  • Set your alarm the night before. 
  • Get up at 5:00 AM. 
  • Go to the gym. Get your workout on. 

But then you don't need to think about it anymore. You just need to follow the plan you've created.

What's gonna happen is that for the first week or two is that the alarm will go off, you're not gonna feel like an "if." You're gonna feel exhausted. Hell, for the first week, you may feel shittier getting up and working out instead of NOT getting up and working out. Sounds backward, right? Nope. That's absolutely spot on because your brain is starting to adapt. Your body's going to start to adapt. You'll start going to bed earlier. 

You'll get higher quality of sleep because you're using more energy during your day. Your body is going to take in more food. You're going to change and mold, which is the whole purpose of creating that discipline in the first place. You're gonna change. By the end of week two or week three, that change will be a part of you, and you'll be past the point of "purgatory".

Exercise discipline. Accept that it won't feel good or comfortable. That's the whole "I don't feel like it" part. And then follow the plan. 

You'll have what other people want because you're willing to do what other people aren't willing to do. There you go, discipline in a nutshell!

Discipline sets you free. 
Discipline equals freedom.
Discipline creates time. 
Discipline creates energy, money, focus, which is the most important thing. 

Pre-negotiate the decision. Exercise the discipline. This is Coach Josh here at Training for Warriors Portland, helping YOU bring out the warrior within.

Pre-negotiate and then follow the plan! TFW Portland

Pre-negotiate and then follow the plan! TFW Portland