DISCIPLINE IS THE FOUNDATION OF SUCCESS

We can’t achieve anything of significance without discipline. Success and great achievements are only accomplished through years of disciplined effort. We need discipline to adopt the habits that will lead to our desired results. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle. We must be the architect of our daily rituals to take control of our life. Anything we want to accomplish has to be part of our daily habits.

You’ll discover that doing something every day is much easier than doing it some days. We are creatures of habit. Our minds prefer routines. Routines allow our minds to operate on autopilot; actions flow almost unconsciously. We have each discovered that if we don’t do something every day, we will not do it any day. One missed day become two, and pretty soon we forget about what it is we wanted to do regularly to get better each day.

Every day is our life in miniature. If self-improvement isn’t a daily priority, it won’t be a priority. We form habits, then our habits form us. We become what we repeatedly do. We become an expert in our field by dedicating ourselves to daily study. Jim Rohn suggested that if we spent an hour a day reading and studying our chosen field, in a year, we’d become an expert in our field. As he put it, “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”

“Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.” — John C. Maxwell

The world rewards excellence, but the rewards are not immediate. It takes years of disciplined effort. Anyone can take actions that produce immediate rewards. It is the disciplined person, focused on their long-term goal that repeatedly puts in the work, day after day, with the belief they will achieve it, that persevere. The future is purchased in the present. If we can stay focused on our goals, it will help us make better use of each day. Today is the game. Today is your life in miniature.

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn

Discipline allows us to persevere. When we doggedly pursue a goal day after day, we can overcome almost any obstacle. “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”- Calvin Coolidge. I completely agree. Knowledge is rarely the problem. Most of us know what we should do. What is missing is discipline and commitment.

Discipline is a keystone habit that makes other good habits possible. Change your habits, change your life!

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The book contains:

  • 7 Change Strategies for Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • A Flexible Diet Program that Doesn’t Put Any Foods Off-limit, including Alcohol
  • 20-Week Workout Log with Progress Assessments (Downloadable PDF)
  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Setpointto Keep the Weight Off
  • A Nutrition and Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques, have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

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A Small Notepad is a Self-Improvement Powerhouse

I think a simple notepad is one of the most powerful self-improvement tools in existence when used to log an activity. Logging the activity creates awareness. Awareness is the first step in changing behavior. It is the first step toward transformation. When you log an activity, you become more mindful of your decisions, big and small.

Often it is the small, seemingly insignificant decisions that are sabotaging our success. Eating that cookie in the break room, losing valuable time by allowing yourself to become distracted while working on something important, skipping a workout, or staying up late watching TV instead of getting a good night’s sleep. Anyone of these decisions by themselves aren’t devastating, but their accumulated effects are. Whatever it is you want to improve, your time management, your leadership, your relationships, your business, your eating patterns, your exercise consistency, or your spending.

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Be relentless. Track everything related to the behavior you want to improve. Awareness is the first step toward transformation. Bad habits are the result of neglect. Mindfulness prevents us from mindlessly doing things that are sabotaging us.

I am a firm believer in Peter Drucker’s management principle “What gets measured gets managed.” Anyone that has ever kept a financial spending log or food log knows that they changed their spending or eating behavior when they kept a record of the activity. When you monitor activity, you naturally become more mindful of your choices. You automatically modify your behavior and make better decisions. It is so simple to understand, I am always amazed how many people don’t use it to improve their personal or professional performance.

“What gets measured gets managed. If you want it, measure it. If you can’t measure it, forget it.” – Peter Drucker

If you really want to change a behavior track it for at least a week, a month would be even better, two months optimal. Peter Drucker, the famous management consultant often said “If you want it, measure it. If you can’t measure it, forget it.” Everything and anything you want to improve can be measurable. You might think some things can’t be measured, like building employee loyalty, but I would argue it can. If a leader wants to build loyalty in their organization, they could decide that twice a week they are going to visit two employees whose managers say they have been doing a great job and paying them a compliment for their excellent work. She could then inquire as to how they are doing and ask if there are any resources they need, including training, to help them be even more effective. Tracking her consistency would be the lead indicators, and quarterly feedback from culture surveys would be the lag indicator. Loyalty is a two-way street. Showing employees that the leadership values their contribution, and is committed to their professional development is how you earn loyalty.

If we are serious about improving any area of our life, we should use a simple notepad to track the behavior. Awareness is the first step in transformation.

Discipline pushes us, motivation pulls us, but intentional habits keep moving towards our goals. Change your habits, change your life!

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Best wishes and Best Health!

Are you ready to reboot and reset your relationship with food and exercise? Most programs focus on the mechanics of weight loss but fail to adequately address the psychology of change required. Most people know more than enough about nutrition and exercise to lose weight, but fail to take action. This book takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger.

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Book Now Available on Amazon!

Book Introduction

The book contains:

  • 7 Change Strategies for Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • A Flexible Diet Program that Doesn’t Put Any Foods Off-limit,  including Alcohol
  • 20-Week Workout Log with Progress Assessments (Downloadable PDF)
  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Setpointto Keep the Weight Off
  • A Nutrition and Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques, have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

Our BOOK The Fat Loss Habit is NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!!! We would greatly appreciate a brief REVIEW. Your feedback is our best marketing tool, and it will help us to make a better product. Your review will help other people who want to make a positive change by helping them to find our book.

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