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.