Discipline is defined as “action that is regulated to be in accordance (or to achieve accord) with a system of governance”
Any personal improvement or progression takes discipline, this term can be defined in different ways, today we’re looking at two types of discipline and how it affects you.
HABITUAL DISCIPLINE (these disciplines are usually desired to become long-term habits; a part of one’s lifestyle) is training yourself up to be disciplined at a certain activity or thing, which usually consists of being consistent in training; exercising in a certain way or exercising a certain number of times a week, it also refers to nutritional discipline – such as sticking to a diet, cutting foods out long-term, eating healthier by introducing new superfoods into your diet etc. This; in my opinion, is something people struggle with the most, and I will tell you why:
Why do we struggle more with nutritional discipline than training discipline most of the time?
Throughout our lives, we build up nutritional habits (good and bad) but not necessarily training habits as this is not a survival necessity.
Any habit which is integrated into our lives is hard to change. When it comes to changing bad habits into good ones (for the sake of this blog let us focus on nutritional habits), unless we immediately see or feel the benefits for doing so, any attempt to make lasting change won’t last very long.
Changing habits requires sustained discipline, a consistent mindful practice is necessary to not repeat the habit again which comes oh so naturally to us!
This, as you can imagine, can become quite an effort; and is why we struggle more with nutritional discipline than training discipline.
However, there are different ways to change nutritional habits but my personal favourite way of doing it is by doing it gradually.
I like to set myself and my clients goals every 2 weeks as statistically, it takes about 14 days to change a habit. So once one goal has been practiced for 2 weeks consistently, I will set another, and keep the previous ones going.
It should feel like that practiced goal is slowly becoming something you can do naturally. You might even enjoy practicing this new goal – such as eating a specific protein or vegetables at each meal.
Why? Because you end up feeling so good that’s why!
It is essential to understand the benefits of the goals you set.
Going further into detail, a very important point I want to make is CREATE THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUR GOALS.
- In the supermarket, actively buy the right foods for your goals. If weight loss is your goal, avoid buying the bad stuff so that you are unable to be tempted at home. You can try an online shop too, this makes those point of sale offers easier to resist.
- Create the right environment whilst staying realistic. Cutting every bit of junk out is bound to make you relapse, I recommend buying replacement snacks that salve those temptations e.g. 70% dark chocolate instead of dairy milk or drinking Gin and Tonic instead of beer or wine.
So there are some nutritional tips to get you started, take little steps towards a new discipline, and you will feel good.
When it comes to your training, the difficulty lies in keeping training consistent; but unlike nutrition, there is no long-term bad habit we have formed from training (except for perhaps overtraining) which we are now trying to substitute for something else (like substituting a specific type of food for another).
Love to you all