Ok, it’s Friday night again and time for some inspiration. This one is simple but incredibly profound.
A few weeks ago, I heard from a friend who is an absolute monster when it comes to many aspects of his life. This guy is an athlete, runs a successful business, eats a very disciplined diet and still has enough energy to have a pretty wild social life.
And I wondered, how does he manage to achieve all those things at once?
And he told me:
“The secret to my success is discipline. And the secret of discipline is that, I’m thankful for the discipline that I exercise every day..”
“It’s like there’s a spirit of self-discipline inside of me, and I believe I strengthen it by thanking it when it leads me towards my higher purpose”.
That kind of blew my mind….
I’ve always believed that if you want more of something, the first step is to show gratitude for what you already have, but I never really applied that approach to discipline.
After all, I think most people think that discipline is something outside ourselves, something we can’t quite control. It’s certainly not something that we can increase simply by something simple like giving gratitude.
But when you think about it, it makes sense.
Imagine you’re with a personal trainer.
At the end of a particularly tough workout, do you say “That workout was exhausting. Thank you so much for doing a good job! That’s what I hired you for!”
Or would you be more likely to say something like “That workout was exhausting… maybe we should take it easy next time”.
If you say the first thing to your trainer, next week you’ll get another tough workout.
And if you ask your trainer to take it easy on you, you’ll probably get an easier workout next time. A less disciplined workout.
So a personal trainer would respond to gratitude by giving you more discipline – why wouldn’t your own mind respond the same way? Why wouldn’t the spirit of discipline, the part of you that wants you to grow and get better and contribute more to the world, respond the same way to the same sort of talk?
So go out this weekend, experience some adversity, exercise some discipline, and be grateful for it.
And see if that strengthens that spirit inside of you.
And of course, if you need an external spirit of discipline to help you, you can sign up for coaching at the link below.