I have the opportunity to meet with potential new members at our gym for intro sessions. One of the things I ask them while I meet with them is why they want to join the gym. We then discuss and set some goals.
I have been finding that many times goals do not work for a majority of people. I have also experienced setting and not accomplishing goals in my own life. I do think goals can and do work if they are set up right, a good process is created and you make them time bound. My only problem with goals a lot of times is we accomplish the goal and then a lot of times we go back to our old ways. I see this constantly with people that go on diets and exercise programs.
I think goals are not the best way to achieve success. I have found that creating disciplines or processes for the way we do things each day create the best results.
Create a Chain
In January of 2015 I was running through the Grand Canyon solo. I could not talk anybody from my family to join me that day. While they explored the top I went for a run. It was not planned but it sounded like a great challenge to me. I ran down the South Kaibab Trail and up the Bright Angel Trail. It was about 16 plus miles and a great adventure! There is no better way to see the Grand Canyon then hiking or running through the canyon.
I like to listen to books, podcasts, my thoughts and music when I run solo. That day I was listening to a book called the One Thing by Jay Papasan and Gary Keller and I heard a story about Jerry Seinfeld that made a lot of sense to me and has stuck with me ever since.
Jerry Seinfeld had just performed a show and he had a comedian come up to him after the show that asked him how he had become such a great comedian. What he said might surprise you. He said that he purchased a year long calendar and everyday he would write a new joke. Each day he wrote a new joke he put a big “X” through the day on the calendar. It created a chain through his calendar. He did not want to see a day that was missing a “X”. When we create this chain for ourselves this is when we improve.
It took Jerry Seinfeld 15 years of grinding out small shows and getting his name out there and improving his talent. He then was able to start his hit TV show Seinfeld and that is where he became a huge success as a comedian and financially. Jerry Seinfeld now has a net worth of 870 million dollars!
I love his story because he figured out how to always improve as a person and comedian. It is what we do each day that helps us who we become. This is something I am doing my best to teach our kids and the members of our gym.
Three Areas to Improve Your Daily Discipline
Don’t Hit the Snooze Button
Most days my alarm goes off around 4:45am. This is not easy for me at all but what I have found is that if I get up right away it becomes a discipline. The snooze button can become a habit and it will make you more groggy. Get up right when the alarm goes off and get your day going. The more you do this the more confidence you will gain in yourself. Never decide to sleep in the mornings it feels tough to get out of bed. If you are like me I am tired most days when I get out of bed. If you feel you need more sleep plan it and get to bed earlier or if that is not possible plan a morning to sleep in.
Plan Your Meals
This is a huge area to create discipline. One thing Tiersa and I do is we eat healthy a majority of our meals. We are not perfect but we do our best each day to get the right amount of macro and micro nutrients each day. A great way to stick to this plan is to meal plan or make your meals in advance so that you know exactly what you are going to eat throughout the day. Making a plan for what you are going to do each day will help you succeed.
Plan Your Workouts
I am currently training for another Spartan race the end of this month so I am running at least three days per week and going to CrossFit 3 days per week. I run and CrossFit every other day. This seems to be working well for me right now.
If you have not been working out what I recommend is creating a plan and sticking to the plan. Carve out a time in your day each day that you are going to fit in your workout. For me I plan on 5:30am each day. I do take off Sundays as a day of rest. You can count this day in your chain if it is part of your plan. I think it is very important to have a rest day.
If you are just starting out create a plan. If you choose to not go to the gym each day still do something at the time you have carved out for your workout. Even if it is a walk or something lower impact. The most important thing is to do something each day that will help you improve in this area.
I have been reading the book Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron. He coaches four elite level CrossFit athletes including Matt Frazier and Katrin Davidsdottir. Both of them have won the CrossFit games. One thing that has stood out to me so far is that they do not worry about what everybody else is doing each day they focus on what they can do better each day. They are all about improving themselves each day.
Create the Chain of Discipline
What can you start doing today that will create your chain of discipline in your life. Choose one thing that you can do better and get after it today!
There are no magic pills or shortcuts to improve in life. It takes creating discipline or a process each day to continually improve. I believe in life we can only go up or down. There are no plateaus or times to coast.
Please comment below on what you are going to start doing today to improve your life and gain more confidence in yourself!
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