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Chicken or Pig?

“With self-discipline most anything is possible.”

Theodore Roosevelt

 chicken pig

Self-Discipline means correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement; the ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses (READ- Mental Toughness).

That’s great, we all know we need this to accomplish our goals, but the real question is HOW to we activate self-discipline on a daily basis?  There is no secret, it’s about creating a habit of being self-disciplined.  Before long, it’ll become part of your nature, and after a few years, it’ll become who you are.

Here’s a tactic that helped me build the habit of self-discipline, I looked at the flip side.  The opposite of self-discipline includes: being careless, inattentive, easily distracted (stop looking at your phone when you’re driving….ooops! Sorry), negligent, slack, apathetic, half-hearted (YIKES!! this might be why diets don’t work, they actually do work, we are just half-hearted in working the diet), lukewarm, and without purpose or commitment.

Yup! Self-Control or Self-Discipline all hinges on your commitment to whatever it is you are trying to accomplish.  To illustrate commitment, I look at my breakfast plate of eggs and bacon.  The chicken is involved, the pig is committed.

If you just listen to the language you use about something, you will locate yourself very quickly.  For example, someone invites you to workout with them on Saturday morning at 6 AM. (In this type situation, I use the “trying is lying” rule.)  If you tell them, “I’ll try to make it,” you are lying.  There is zero commitment, the alarm will most likely not even be set, and if it is, the snooze button will be worn out.

If you hear yourself use language like “level of commitment” or “commitment level”, you also locate yourself.  Commitment is like pregnancy, you are or you are not.

Boo yah!

Do You Hate The Grind?

“I have never known a really successful man who deep in his heart did not understand the grind, the discipline it takes to win.” 

Vince Lombardi

 the grind

 

I love the grind, I love my regimented and disciplined life-style.  I love eating healthy, working out, and working 18 hour days.  Why? Because I’m doing it for myself and my family.  I’m no longer making someone else rich, while I can hardly cover groceries.

When I first joined the Marine Corps, I was 50 pounds overweight and hated running.  In fact, the only thing I hated more than running, was more running.  It would take 20 minutes for  the fat on my legs to stop jiggling, after a 3-mile platoon run.  Not good for a career in the Marine Corps infantry.  After struggling for a year, dreading the  morning platoon runs, the weekly company and battalion runs, I decided to make running my friend.

I started saying, “I love running, and I love what running does for me. I’m an ultra-marathoner. I love to grind it out, day in, and day out.”  I started running on my own every night. My body would talk to me and say stuff like, “We’re exhausted, let’s skip the 5 miles tonight.”  Oooooh, so tempting to blow it off.

“What’d you do, Andrew?” Glad you asked.

I would answer my body, out loud, (after making sure no one could hear me), “Fine, then we’re running 10 miles tonight, and every time you try to tempt me out of a run, we are doubling the mileage.”  And then I actually ran the 10 miles.  Guess what? My body stopped whining real fast.

Soon, the morning platoon runs weren’t that bad.  Within 90 days of grinding it out, and being disciplined to run on my own, the morning runs got to be fun.  Success in the morning run, carried over into success in every other area of my life. Why? I learned to love the grind, and love discipline.  They produced results for me back in 1986, and have been producing ever since.

Most people talk a good game on the front end, but when it comes down to it, they shy away from the grind. They mostly watch TV, and lay on the couch.  They think discipline is a cuss word.

Learn to love the grind. Do it for yourself, and your loved ones.

Boo Yah!