Self-discipline is the ability to get yourself to take action regardless of your emotional state

The title above is a quote from an article by Steve Pavlina that I think holds really valuable lessons for those of us in the fitness and weight loss business.

Steve wrote a whole series of articles on self-discipline that are worth the time if you decide to read them.

I'm going to outline a few of my favorite quotes and then you can decide if you want to take the time to read the entire series.

  • Self-discipline can empower you to overcome any addiction or lose any amount of weight. It can wipe out procrastination, disorder, and ignorance. Within the domain of problems it can solve, self-discipline is simply unmatched. Moreover, it becomes a powerful teammate when combined with other tools like passion, goal-setting, and planning.
  • Self-discipline is like a muscle. The more you train it, the stronger you become. The less you train it, the weaker you become.
  • It’s a mistake to try to push yourself too hard when trying to build self-discipline. If you try to transform your entire life overnight by setting dozens of new goals for yourself and expecting yourself to follow through consistently starting the very next day, you’re almost certain to fail.
  • Don’t compare yourself to other people. It won’t help. You’ll only find what you expect to find. If you think you’re weak, everyone else will seem stronger. If you think you’re strong, everyone else will seem weaker. There’s no point in doing this. Simply look at where you are now, and aim to get better as you go forward.

The above quotes are just a few tidbits of the valuable information that Steve Pavlina provides on a regular basis.

The sixth article in the series is probably the one I personally resonate the most with. I've been evaluating the things I've accomplished in my life and I keep coming back to the fact that I made the most progress and achieved the biggest results through sheer persistence.

Persistence is kind of like bravery. With bravery, you confront your fears and push on in spite of them. With persistence, you take action even when you don’t feel like it which helps you to keep accumulating results.



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