Discipline- winning by practice.
I posted about this on Instagram a while back but I wanted to put a little bit more detail into this on my blog. I think it’s so important to have some simple routines or practices you include in your life that help you accomplish goals and create the life you want to live! Winning by practice involves discipline.
“Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”
1 Corinthians 9:27 CSB
I’ve learned that the things I don’t have to think about doing get done! Building simple routines and setting up triggers are some practical ways to not think and still accomplish goals! Here’s a few tips!
1. Create routines and hide your goals and life principles inside them.
If your workout is hidden in a daily routine you more than likely will end up doing it. My morning routine includes 10-15 minutes of movement to get me energized for the day. That little bit of movement moves me towards my goal of losing weight. It also moves me closer to my life principle of living a healthy life! When you build the most important things you want to accomplish into a daily routine that is simple and concise you will make progress on your goals. Word of advice- make it simple. Five steps tops! More than that and you’re going to have trouble remembering it and remember the whole point to this is to NOT think – haha!
2. Set triggers or little reminders to yourself about what you’ve committed to do.
One example could be putting your shoes right at your bedroom door so you trip over them if you don’t pick them up, put them on and run out the door for your morning run. Another one could be setting out your gym clothes every night to help you get into the habit of working out first thing in the morning. One thing I do is use my Fitbit alarm to gently trigger me to move through my morning routine! My first alarm wakes me and I brush my teeth, make up my bedroom and do my 15 minutes of movement. The next alarm tells me it’s time for my prayer and Bible reading time, and so on and so forth. Sometimes setting up things to force you to remember are the kick in the pants you need.
3. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Start small and keep doing it. Those small things will turn into big results over time. Small beginnings end up in big rewards. In my morning routine I only do 15 minutes of work but that consistent 15 minutes has seen results that a sporadic hour and a half could never do!