Welcome to this no BS guide to self discipline. Self discipline is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. The less you use it, the weaker it becomes. It’s that simple! Therefore, developing self discipline is just like developing any other muscle – hyou use it, you challenge it, and you cause it to grow!
Just like when you go to the gym and wreak havoc on your biceps, you need to do the same to your self-discipline or it won’t grow strong and develop like you want it to. Self discipline exercises are as necessary as bicep curls. You can find some serious self discipline challenges here.
I’ve recently been working on my self-discipline a lot and I wanted to share with you guys how I do it and the exercises I use to grow the self-discipline of a warrior.
4 Self Discipline Exercises You Start Right Now
1) Quit something.
For me it was sugar because sugar is the thing I had the greatest addiction to and unhealthy habit surrounding. Quitting something you’re addicted to is a sure fire way to improve self discipline. All the best books on self discipline will include exercises that involve breaking destructive, addictive habits using sheer force of will.
For you it might be caffeine, porn, Facebook, watching junk TV, whatever.
Chose something you are addicted to and stop it.
It will be pretty difficult to just go cold turkey unless you already have a pretty well-developed sense of discipline, so start by allowing yourself reduced amounts of whatever it is you eventually want to kick.
For example: allow yourself to use Facebook for one hour every friday afternoon. That’s it. No ifs, no buts, no maybes.
When you do this you are in control instead of letting the substance or activity control you. You are exercising your self-discipline and it is growing stronger. That’s a good thing!
The idea here is to gradually quit this thing completely. So far I’ve quit all social media and all sugar (including soda, chocolate etc).
Pick your demon and do battle with it until you win. That’s a start.
There’s no reason why you as a grown man should not be in the gym or out pounding the roads at least three times a week except for a lack of willpower and discipline. Building self discipline through exercise has a lot of other benefits, too, which is all the more reason to do it.
Let’s be honest, you know you want to look like a greek god. You know you don’t want to have that pot belly or be that skinny, and you know you want to be able to bench 400lbs and catch the hot chick in the tight pink lycra pants sneaking glances at you as you do it.
You don’t want that? Don’t lie to me!
The only thing standing between you and that goal is your own wimpy willpower. You need to develop self discipline before you can look like a bodybuilder or fitness model. If you don’t, you’ll never get there.
Well guess what, either you win or it wins. You either get the body you want or you don’t, it’s a zero sum game.
Start exercising today. I don’t mean tomorrow or at the weekend, I mean right now as soon as you finish this article.
Make a plan and stick to it. Do not give up. Remember, every time you don’t feel like following through, someone out there is working their ass off. Someone out there is becoming better than you. Someone else is catching the glances from the girl in the pink lycra pants.
You hear that little voice in your head lining up the various excuses as to why you can’t? That’s your conditioned mind and weak will. Don’t let it win. You are the master and it will follow you.
Pick an exact time and routine for working out and set yourself a goal to stick with it for a minimum of 1 month. After that a habit should have formed and you’ll find it hard to stop again.
I personally work out every third day at 7pm. I do the exact same six compound exercises in the same order, increasing the weight by 10lbs every 4th session.
Exercise is the number one way to build self-discipline (and greater health and sex appeal too). Do it.
3) Rise and shine.
The habit of lying in is one of the things that will slowly erode your willpower down to nothing. Nobody in history who lived a disciplined life ever lay in ’till noon!
For one month I want you to stand up on your feet within ten seconds when your morning alarm goes off every day.
Pick a time you think is reasonable. I personally rise at 5:30am, but you can decide what is right for you. If you’re used to getting up at 10am don’t try to jump to 6am right away, it won’t work.
Start an hour earlier and work your way back to a time that is comfortable and right for you. We all have our own schedules and lifestyles, so what is right for me won’t necessarily work for you.
The point is to get up at the same time every day and be on your feet immediately.
No snooze button. No morning jerking off. No hesitation.
This will build powerful and lasting self-discipline.
4) Have a power hour.
The power hour is a concept I learned about many years ago. The idea is simple.
You take one hour out of every day and you dedicate that time to doing something you want to improve at.
It doesn’t matter what it is. It could be meditation, writing or learning guitar. Remember, it’s all about Selfhood and doing what suits you and what you feel inspired to do from within.
Set aside one hour per day, which you can gain by getting up an hour earlier if you don’t currently have time, and dedicate it solely to the purpose you have set yourself.
It also helps if this power hour is ritualized by being at the same time every day since habit is such a powerful thing.
Not only will you master your skill much faster, you will also build willpower and discipline, which is after all the point of this entire article.
Building Self Discipline Summary
So there you have it gents. I didn’t say it was going to be easy, but then neither is climbing Everest, starting a winning business, writing a best-selling book or any other damn thing worth doing.
Get off your butt and develop some discipline today. It will stay with you for life and it will serve you in every way.
Desire. Decide. Persist.