I listened to this weeks National Wakeup Call over the last day or so.  During this call a super successful coach Mindy Lawhorne provided some tips on motivating her team.  One of the things she mentioned she gleaned from a book, No Excuses by Brian Tracy.  She summarized his definition of discipline thusly, “Discipline is doing what you need to do, when you need to do it.” She could be quoting it, I don’t know, because I  haven’t dug deep enough to find out. In any case, this is what I believe I’m struggling with.  I think I’m confident that I’m going to do what I need to do, the WHEN is wishy-washy.  For that matter, some of the WHAT’s are wishy-washy too.  At the begininning of this journey I defined my 3 B’s – which are really just some arbitrary way I came up with my WHAT.    Breakfast, Beachbody, and Bible …. at the time I started this, I was reading Jon Acuff’s START.  In it he mentions that you need to find some time to not steal from your family and other obligations and make it a time where you can tackle your what… he suggests 5am.  And thus my arbitrary setting of my WHEN.   The difference between my what and my when is the fact that the WHEN really is arbitrary, breakfast sort of has to be in the morning, but apart from that, my workout and reading the bible can really be any time during the day.  But then I start pushing the limits and not putting in buffers of time for when things go long, or the DVD player doesn’t work properly, or I need to go to the bathroom, or make a mess getting ice out of the freezer…. and all of a sudden I’m up against a wall that doesn’t exist if I just hold fast to this arbitrary WHEN.  So WHEN did I get up this morning? 4:45 or so. Granted, I snoozed the alarm a few times, but I’m pretty sure I started my workout prior to 5:15.

So I want/need some accountability with this WHEN.  I want to hold tight to it. I want to make it a habit. But I also need to make sure that in the evenings I still have the energy to give to my wife and kids.    How do you define discipline, what’s your WHAT and WHEN, and then WHY?  If you don’t have answers to those questions, let’s work together to figure them out. Together we can be successful.

4 Comments to "Discipline"

  1. Amy's Gravatar Amy
    October 16, 2013 - 7:49 am | Permalink

    I was wondering why there were ice cubes all over the house and the floor was wet in the kitchen. :-)

    My what for now is slim in 6. My when is any time before 10 am, and preferably starting at 8a.m.; but today that’s being pushed back to 9 a.m. My why is because I want to be healthy, feel better, and I think my family deserves to have me stick around for a while so I should probably take care of this body so I can. Also, who doesn’t want to look awesome!?

    Hang in there honey, you are doing a great job! I’m really not a fan of your current workout schedule but if it works for you then I guess keep it up.

  2. October 16, 2013 - 9:19 am | Permalink

    Great Post! I’m working on Improving my discipline now. I’ll have to check out that book you mentioned. I’ve been reading Darren Hardy’s “The Compound Effect” and Have found it very motivating. But I’m also a fan of Brian Tracy.

    Good luck in your journey! And thank you for sharing it. :)

  3. October 16, 2013 - 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I think of myself as a disciplined person for working out (grew up as a Dancer and Gymnast), but I definitely need more help with accountability with my diet. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jeff's Gravatar Jeff
    October 17, 2013 - 12:15 pm | Permalink

    My WHEN at work is about 2:30… that’s when I work out. My WHEN at home is 9pm after the kid’s in bed. I get an hour or so of time before 10 when my Sarah and I retire upstairs to watch something on TV together and then go to bed.

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