In my time as a gym owner I have seen many new members join, full of optimism and motivation to get into the best shape of their life. So why do so few actually reach that goal? In fact, why do some not even stick to it past the first month?
The truth is, Mr motivation is a fickle little sod. He will swoon in when there's something in it for him - like a holiday or a half marathon, but if the glitz and glamour of a nice shiny carrot dangling in front of you isn't in play, then your good mate Mr motivation will be no where to be seen. So then what...?
The most successful people I see who have sustained really good physical health and fitness are those who have discipline. Mr discipline is a very different character to mr motivation. He is the type of guy that is loyal and will stick around through the good and the bad. He isn't in it for the limelight, he's in it because he knows what's best for you. All he want's in return is for you to make decisions in your day that he's happy with. If you do that, you and Mr discipline will have some serious success in life.
We make 35,000 decisions every single day. Many of these decision will require you to chose between what you want to do right now, and what will help you get to where you want to be - and that is a choice of discipline.
The very first decision of your day is a choice of discipline - The alarm clock. We go to bed and set an alarm with intentions of doing something in the morning that requires us to get out of bed at a certain time, and so we set an alarm appropriately for that. But what happens when that alarm goes off? A choice between what we want to do now - Snooze and stay in bed, or what we do to get us where we want to be - get up and do all the things.
Discipline starts with our first decision of the day. How many of you hit snooze? Does this make you a bad person, no. Does it lack discipline, yes.
As I said, the most successful people that I have seen are those that make choices based on where they want to go not what they want right now. If you can make more disciplined choices, you'll be a winner.
I look forward to seeing you all in the winners club soon,