Habits: Road to Maximum Discipline

My habits have been really pissing me off lately. I find myself doing things that don't align with my goals because they've been ingrained in my mind through repetition or just pure lack of discipline. When you give in to bad habits or do not have the good habits in place to be the person you want to be, you are NOT in control. This lack of control can be very detrimental to our productivity and overall mental health. I personally have many things that I would like to change and this is something I have been giving a lot of thought too lately. I've become fascinated by the importance and massive impact that discipline and gaining control of habits can have on our lives. With that being said I've come up with a system that I myself will be using to get control of my habits and eventually live a life where everything I do is done on my terms.


I realize that these changes do not happen over night so I developed a system that I personally will be using to take control. If you feel like you're at the mercy of your habits when it comes to diet, your sleep schedule, your training routine or really anything else in your life, I welcome and encourage you to join in and slowly gain control of your habits.


Here's how it works!


1. Choose 1 or 2 new tasks in your daily life to commit to that align with a specific goal or just the values that you have in your life. These should be things you would like to change for a lifetime.


2. Tell people that are close to you about these new commitments so they can hold you accountable.


3. Do these things every single day for 2 months. Start with simple things and over time make these things more detailed.


4. Every 2 months add 1-2 new commitments while maintaining the previous. The new commitments can be completely new or you can just add to your previous ones. For example: months 1-2 "I'm going to wake up at 6 A.M. 7 days a week". Months 2-4 "I'm going to wake up at 6 A.M. and walk my dog".


5. Keep a daily log of when complete these tasks with brief details (yes every single day)


Over the course of 12 months you could have 6-12 habits that you've developed through commitment and discipline. The habits themselves are not as important as the act of accomplishing them. Teach yourself that you can be disciplined and take control of your day. Once we show ourselves we can do these things, we can gain the confidence to tackle much larger and more difficult feats. I understand that no one is perfect and sometimes we can't always control everything. The intent here isn't perfection but rather accuracy and focused intention on completing these tasks as often as possible within our control.


Here is a layout of what an entire year could look like

Months 2-4 -

Wake up before 6 A.M.


Months 4-6:

Wake up before 6 A.M. and walk the dog

1 cup of coffee limit


Months 6-8:

Wake up before 6 A.M. and walk the dog

1 cup of coffee limit

No electronics 1 hour prior to sleep


Months 8-10:

Wake up before 6 A.M. and walk the dog

1 cup of coffee limit

No electronics 1 hour prior to sleep

Drink 1/2 bodyweight in ounces of water each day


Months 10-12:

Wake up before 6 A.M. and walk the dog

1 cup of coffee limit

No electronics 1 hour prior to sleep

Drink 1/2 bodyweight in ounces of water each day

Eat lunch in relaxing environment

Read for 30 minutes


Every one of these habits could make up a single New Years Resolution list and someone might try to make all of these changes at once and find that they don't have the discipline to keep up with that many. Tackling a little at once while greatly increase the chances of each individual habit to stick. I will be using this method and will give updates as I go. If you decide to use it please leave a comment saying if you are and I would love to hear the progress!









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