We often hear that in order to reach our fitness goals we need to "be consistent" but what we don't hear is that in order to show up consistently, it requires discipline. It's not something that comes naturally to most so, how do we build it?
You have to just do it.
Do it when you're happy.
Do it when you're sad.
Do it when you're stressed.
Do it when you're busy.
Do it when you don't want to.
Each time you show up when it's not easy, you set a precedent. Each time you show up when you don't want to, you're busy, you're tired - you set a precedent so that the next time you don't feel like it, you're busy, you're tired -- it's easier to show up because you have done it before. We have to stop letting how we feel in the moment hold us back from what we want for our lives long term or overall. If we do what is easy, our life will be hard & often it's much easier to succumb to how we feel in the moment. This living for instant comfort is killing us, making us weaker, sicker & unfortunately a lot unhealthier.
Even though I have been cultivating my own personal discipline for years when it comes to my own fitness journey - I admit & share freely: there will always be hard days. There are still some days where I get up to teach class in Namastay Sweaty Club & I just don't feel like it. Usually because of a crappy sleep or morning that went awry with the kids & my mood just isnt there. BUT I DO IT ANYWAYS. And every time I do, I set the precendent for myself that I can do it when it's hard. And so can you. Building discipline is like building a muscle - each time you flex it, it grows. I think it's important when starting toi build your discipline muscle that you first, notice your patterns. Notice where it goes sideways for you - is it a vacation, holiday, birthday, weekend? Which of your anchor habits can you take along with you to stay connected & focused?
One of the most common (& best!) compliments I receive about my weekly fitness program, Namastay Sweaty Club, is that "it's been the only thing to keep me consistent" or "I've never stayed with a program or worked out for this long!" You can sweat with us for a FREE 7 DAY TRIAL
Building discipline is essential for achieving goals and maintaining consistency in various aspects of life, including fitness. Here are some tips to help build discipline:
Set Clear and Attainable Goals: Define specific and achievable short-term and long-term goals. Having a clear target provides direction and motivation.
Create a Routine: Establish a structured routine that incorporates the tasks necessary to achieve your goals. Consistency in daily habits helps build discipline over time.
Prioritize Tasks: Identify the most important tasks that align with your goals and focus on completing them first. Prioritizing helps avoid procrastination and ensures essential tasks are accomplished.
Break Tasks into Smaller Steps: Divide larger goals into smaller, manageable tasks. This approach makes the goal seem less daunting and enables steady progress.
Practice Time Management: Set deadlines for tasks and adhere to them. Use tools like calendars, planners, or apps to organize your schedule effectively.
Eliminate Distractions: Identify and minimize distractions that hinder your focus and productivity. Create a conducive environment for work or exercise.
Develop Self-Control: Practice self-control by resisting impulses that divert you from your goals. This may involve saying no to distractions or temptations that do not align with your objectives.
Stay Consistent: Commit to your routine even when motivation wanes. Consistency develops discipline, and the more consistent you are, the easier it becomes to stay on track.
Practice Accountability: Hold yourself accountable for your actions. Consider sharing your goals with a friend, partner, or mentor who can provide support and hold you accountable.
Embrace Challenges: Embrace discomfort and challenges as opportunities for growth. Overcoming obstacles builds mental resilience and strengthens discipline.
Celebrate Small Wins: Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. Rewarding yourself for progress reinforces positive behavior.
Stay Flexible and Adapt: Be open to adjusting your approach if needed. Flexibility allows you to adapt to changing circumstances without losing sight of your goals.
Practice Self-Care: Maintain balance by taking care of your physical and mental health. A well-rested and healthy mind and body are better equipped to maintain discipline.
Remember, building discipline takes time and effort & PRACTICE. It's a skill that can be cultivated gradually through consistent practice and determination. Start with small steps and gradually increase your capacity for discipline as you progress toward your goals.