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How to Build Self-Discipline

Pick the Brain

Discipline is freedom. You may disagree with this statement, and if you do you are certainly not alone. For many people discipline is a dirty word that is equated with the absence of freedom. In fact the opposite is true.

Self-discipline involves acting according to what you think instead of how you feel in the moment. Often it involves sacrificing the pleasure and thrill of the moment for what matters most in life. Therefore it is self-discipline that drives you to:

  • Work on an idea or project after the initial rush of enthusiasm has faded away
  • Go to the gym when all you want to do is lie on the couch and watch TV
  • Wake early to work on yourself
  • Say “no” when tempted to break your diet
  • Only check your email a few of times per day at particular times

Winter is a tough time to stay dedicated to the workout routine, and sometimes my self-discipline begins to waiver.  However, every morning I wake up and look at my Boston Marathon Confirmation and set my sights to a warm April 16th, 2012.  Sometimes I may feel like trading the gym for an early dinner but then I think about what I really want and how far I’ve come.  A 3:20 marathon awaits…

My question to you – how will you use self-discipline to achieve your running and health goals?

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