You see, the thing about discipline is that without it, we will always stay in our comfort zones. Yet whilst everyone naturally seeks comfort, if you live your life in the comfort zone, you’ll never grow as a person. Some people very may well stay enclosed in their little bubble of comfort for their whole lives, never to evolve into a strong minded or strong willed leader, and I assume if you’re reading this article, that isn’t a life you want to live.
The type of discipline that creates greatness, is the same type of discipline that comes with doing things that you know will make you better even and especially when you don’t feel like doing them. Let’s say your goal is to get fit for summer; when that alarm goes off at 5:30am and you know you’ve got to get up and run, but it’s the middle of winter and you’re all warm in your little comfort bubble and it’s cold, dark and bleak outside, it’s your choice whether you get out of bed in that moment. In that very moment, you’ve got to have the discipline to do so, to stay laser focussed on your goal and get up and go. That’s when it counts.
I must add however, when you are just starting out a new routine, you will be all motivated to get up and hustle for the goal you’ve set, and it’s a lot easier to do the hard things. But after 2 weeks, a month, when the motivation drops and you start to get increasingly tired, and it starts to become a real grind, that’s when you’ve got to have the discipline to keep moving forward, to keep doing the hard things. That’s when the leaders and the successful people separate from the rest, and it’s ultimately your choice whether you want to be able to consider yourself in this category.
“I’m going to stay true to what I said I would do, long after the mood I said it in has left”Inky Johnson
This magical thing called discipline, only the successful people have it, and they consistently put themselves out of their comfort zones, into this wonderful position for their minds and bodies to grow. Whilst it may seem daunting and extremely uncomfortable at the start, you can be rest assured, it should feel as such. It isn’t meant to be easy, but it sure will be worth it. And if you find yourself doing something you don’t want to do because you know you have to do it to become better, to achieve your goals, then you are well and truly on the right track.
My advice, do it anyway. I have found that when I purposely put myself in uncomfortable positions, whether it be trying new things or waking up before sunrise and going to the gym, I am significantly more likely to have a productive day, to not procrastinate and just get things done. Each time you do something you don’t want to do and experience this discomfort, it becomes easier to do it next time, therefore the more you deliberately put yourself in these positions of vulnerability, the more you will actually approach situations of difficulty, strengthening the power of your mind and soul.