Staying disciplined can be difficult, especially when we have been trying to get ourselves to start practicing daily habits for a while now. This morning as I woke up past my alarm again I felt the urge to just “take it easy” and just rest. I recently just got out of a five year relationship and the past couple weeks has been just me slumping and trying to get back on my feet. Before then I had a strong morning routine waking up early, working out, and reading. This morning I said “NOT TODAY WORLD” I decided that even though I woke up a little late I can still get a strong morning routine done. I realized I am never going to fully heal or recover unless I take small steps towards it. When I tried to do my “Usual routine” I noticed a lot of resistance. I noticed my mind thinking about breakfast, working on my course, reading, and all the things taking me out of the present. Hmm.. Curious I thought. I started to understand what had to be done. We have to avoid trying to jump right back into our routine after winging off it for a while, remember baby steps. Patience and growth is key.
This morning I did my Yoga, breathwork, meditation, 2 mile run, healthy breakfast, and a new video/blog post. Here is how I did it in 5 simple steps.
STEP 1. KNOW YOUR WHY
- This is probably the most crucial step. Without purpose there is no motivation. It is easy to get hyped up and start running every day for a few weeks but when it starts to become challenging you’ll start to wonder “wait why did I even start all this in the first place?” The why acts as a reminder when things become challenging and they will. You can look at the “Why” as your lighthouse guiding you through the darkness. So before you begin any new journey ask yourself “Why do I want this? Why am I doing this? Why is this so important?” This will help you gain the motivation to wake up earlier, workout, talk to that girl, create that video, write that song, eat healthier, etc.
STEP 2. BE HERE NOW
- As Ram Dass would always say, “Be here now.” A master once said that the meaning of life was to be fully present in each and every moment. If you think about it the only thing stopping you from meditating, practicing yoga, writing or filming are thoughts of the future or the past that take you out of the moment. These thoughts can include, “Well I have other things to do, I can do it tomorrow, I have to do this first, etc.” When we become fully present in what we are doing we apply our full focus and attention to the immediate task at hand. This will allow us to concentrate and accomplish what it is we desire. Making it much easier to accomplish the goal we set forth. Discipline is all about being fully present in each moment. Focus on your breath. Relax. Take action.
STEP 3. BE EASY ON YOURSELF
- IF you are an over achiever or have a competitive nature like I do then it can become very easy to beat yourselves up for not achieving the unrealistic standard we put on ourselves. I still catch myself at times saying “We can do better, I’ll run more next time, I put in more work” and although it is great to challenge yourself it is equally at important to celebrate for what YOU ARE DOING. Just showing up to do yoga or going on a light jog IS ENOUGH for you to say “Hell yeah we are doing great!” SO many times I find my students always wanting to do better and burning themselves out making it harder to stay disciplined. In essence being disciplined is just a matter of showing up not so much the results at play. Celebrate yourself! Your doing great!
STEP 4; SHIFT YOUR ATTITUDE
- This one adds on from step 3 and goes off the concept of pleasure. See we humans are addicted to pleasure and we tend to have habits that revolve around it. We can find pleasure in eating ice cream, going on social media, sleeping, etc. And find it easy to do these things with little to no resistance. So why do we have so much resistance going on a run? Meditating? Waking up early? Staying disciplined? Well it is usually because we are not associating pleasure to these experiences. By shifting our attitude to how we are experiencing these moments we have allowed ourselves to gain pleasure in them lowering the resistance. What do you mean Riz? Am I supposed to love running? Essentially you aren’t “supposed” to love anything but what you will find is when you start smiling while running, repeating “Running makes me feel great” and associating it with pleasure you will find less resistance and naturally love it more. Just like it is really easy for you to eat your favorite food or watch an episode of Naruto you can train your mind to feel the same towards the habits you are wanting to implement. This takes times so don’t forget step 3.
STEP 5; TAKE ACTION
- You can watch all the motivational videos, read all the blog posts, and write down all the habits you are going to incorporate but at the end of the day you MUST TAKE ACTION. The key is 80% action – 20% thought. So I challenge you after reading this to take a baby step towards the action you want to integrate in your life. Go on a short jog, meditate for 2 minutes, write in your journal, start writing 1 paragraph for a blog. Keep it simple but take the initiative. Stay consistent and watch yourself becoming more and more disciplined. I believe in you and I am happy you have made it this far. Keep in the flow. Much love and gratitude. Stay RIZEN.