When it comes to consistency, there are only two things that matter; motivation and discipline. Motivation is your personal drive. It is the very thing that makes you want to do a particular thing. Without it, we humans would certainly struggle to get anything done.
Discipline, on the other hand, is more of a fail-safe…
During times of low motivation, our discipline will determine whether we still do what needs to be done. In a sense, you could say that self-discipline refers to how strict we are with ourselves.
If we are not strict with ourselves, there will be no urgency to get stuff done during times of lowered motivation. As you can imagine, when it comes to working out, this can cause issues…
However, since you’ve clicked on this article, I am going to assume you need some help in this regard. So, without further ado, let’s get into some simple steps to help you build the discipline to train every day!
Follow easy routines and stick with them
If you aren’t the type to go all-out and you would prefer to build up your discipline slowly, this method may be for you.
To effectively implement this strategy, start by forcing yourself to do one particular thing every single day. This could mean going for a jog at a certain time every morning, it could mean taking a cold shower every day or it could even mean doing specific amounts of housework every day.
The task you have chosen does not matter too much, what really matters is that you stay consistent and force yourself to do it every single day.
If you are successful in doing this, over time, you will eventually develop a stronger sense of discipline and you will be able to apply this to other areas of your life, such as your training.
Embrace things that are uncomfortable
When it comes to doing things that make us uncomfortable, typically, it only ever disciplines that get us through it. How disciplined we are in these matters almost always determines how well we will cope with these uncomfortable situations.
Now, regardless of how disciplined you are at this current moment, constantly and consistently putting yourself in uncomfortable situations will, over time, make you a more disciplined person. But what is the best way to go about this?
To go about this effectively, try and opt for easy, yet uncomfortable tasks. This might include forcing yourself out of bed when you are tired, going out even though you may be anxious, and/or simply getting into a cold shower.
All of these things and more are uncomfortable in the right setting and by embracing the uncomfortable aspect and doing it anyway, you will, eventually, build up your discipline.
Combine comfort with discomfort
While this method targets motivation more than discipline, it can help to encourage consistent behavior which is certainly aligned with self-discipline.
So, combine comfort with discomfort, what does this mean? In this case, what I mean is that after putting yourself through an uncomfortable situation with the hopes to elevate levels of self-discipline, do something that comforts you.
Regardless of what it is, reward yourself for not only your efforts but your success. By doing this consistently, you create a loop of action = reward.
This, in turn, creates more motivation and drive to do things that make you feel uncomfortable because you know, at the end of it, there is a reward.
Keep your goals clear and visual
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons for failing and/or not achieving a specific goal is because the goal itself was never specific enough.
For example, if you had a goal to become the world’s richest man/woman, you would have much more chance of achieving that goal if there was an actual plan in place rather than simply wishing to be the richest man/woman.
Having a very clear goal is important for not only improved chances of achieving it but to help keep you on track.
In addition to ensuring that your goal is clear, be sure to maintain physical representations of your goal. For example, if your goal is to become a bodybuilder, put up a picture of your desired physique.
Whether it is on the wall or your phone, keep a physical reminder of the goal or goals you wish to achieve.
Work with the smaller picture in mind
Contrary to popular belief but focusing on smaller – more achievable goals carries much more short-term and long-term success than always focusing on the bigger picture. This will help you a lot in building the discipline to train every day.
For example, if your end goal is to be big and strong, focusing on that mental image all the time may feel as though you aren’t getting anywhere. Instead, you should be focusing on a slightly – more improved version of yourself.
This version is much more realistic and will take far less time to achieve.
Once you achieve this smaller goal, you can instantly re-create a new goal, one where you are slightly bigger and stronger than your already improved self.
By doing this, you will not only set up realistic goals for yourself but you will be rewarded along the way from the results you achieve.
After a read of this article, you will now have five different ways you can build the discipline to train every day. The five methods listed are in no particular order so do not worry about which one you choose.
On that note, if you want to maximize the benefits these tips have to offer, implement as many as you can.
The more you combine the higher your chances are of effectively elevating your levels of self-discipline. That being said, do be sure to opt for the methods that stand out to you. If there are any that may be too hard for you to implement, do not force yourself.
Lastly, when striving for your goals, keep in mind what was mentioned above. Specifically, that self-discipline is the last line of defense and that you will have to be disciplined on days when motivation fails you.
So that is all there is on how to build the discipline to train every day!
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