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“Confidence comes from discipline and training.” ~Robert Kiyosaki

I love this quote! Confidence is not necessarily something we are born with. This means we are all capable of having confidence as we build and grow when we commit to something. Our careers, health, family, hobbies, etc. I believe that confidence isn’t the only thing that comes from discipline and training. When we commit to ourselves, amazing changes can happen in our lives for the better! Working on yourself, and dedicating time to make positive changes, will inevitably generate an upward spiral of wonderful new beginnings and honing past challenges/struggles. (P.S the Upward Spiral, by Alex Korb, is a book I highly recommend!).

I want to delve a bit deeper into discipline and training and how you can focus on discipline to stick to your goals!

Below are six steps that will help you keep disciplined!

  • Set Goals Before Gym Commitment
  • Do The Small Things Well/Making Daily Actions Easier
  • Set Up Your Environment
  • Countdown and Go
  • Move Your Body
  • Accountability Partner

Even when you have a bad day, discipline is what gets you to the gym/ your goals!

  1. Focus On The Goal, Not The Gym

So this one may seem silly but let me explain. Sometimes we dread going to the gym and that’s all we can think about. We may waste time coming up with all the excuses not to go! However, if you focus more on a goal/the results you want to achieve/ the “why”, the more likely you will want to go to the gym. And it doesn’t just have to do with working out, but something you have to do in order to reach your goal. For example, you may not want to drink lots of water, do meal prep, or attend that work meeting, etc, but if you focus on the results/ the ‘why’, it automatically becomes more meaningful and thus more impactful/desirable to achieve.

So even when I don’t feel like going to the gym or being active in any way, I am focused on my overall why and my goal to help me get there!

Currently, my goal is to be a strong, healthy mom like I know I can! (I am excited to announce I am expecting on January 30th, 2023!

  1. Do The Small Things Well/Making Daily Actions Easier

Accomplishing a big action/goal can be super daunting. Looking at the big picture can seem impossible to manage. To make it seem more attainable, you’ll want to master the basics first!

To be successful you want to start with doing the small things well, day in and day out! I love this saying: the way you do one thing is the way you do everything! Try to think of one small thing you can accomplish successfully every day to feel confident in that task/thing. When we check off the small items and practice doing them well, it makes our day-to-day lives easier!

In our hustle culture, we think that there needs to be a struggle, but it doesn’t have to be. What can we do to make everyday actions/tasks easier on ourselves? When these daily tasks are more manageable, it makes taking new steps and conquering new goals manageable as well!

  1. Set Up Your Environment

 Setting up your environment lends its hand to making your life effortless as well. When the environment around you is set up to help you, instead of hindering you, goals can be accomplished more positively!

So how can our environment be set up to help us with our goals? For example, maybe you are a candy lover but are trying to decrease the amount of sugar you consume. Set up your environment by limiting the amount of candy you have in your house. Try setting fruit out so it’s readily available, versus having candy on the table.

Another example is your workout space. Is that designated area motivating for you? Maybe it needs to be tidied up, or it needs some inspirational posters on the walls or a speaker so your favourite band is blasting during the workout! Maybe you don’t have a space at all; it’s time to carve out an area that is just for you and make it an environment you want to be in!

  1. Count Down And Go

When a rocket ship is about to take off, there is always a countdown! Usually, it goes…5,4,3,2,1, blast off! Another example is when a parent counts down from three to encourage their child to do something right away!

Counting down and “going” is a great way to get something done. There is no time to second guess or discourage yourself from doing that thing you need to do.

Try it next time you want to say something to your boss or to someone you find attractive! 3,2,1, Go! Just say or do the thing you want, and keep going without regret! Blast Off! This may be helpful when trying to get out of bed in the morning too!!

Take a moment to come up with ways you can use this countdown action more in your life. Mel Robbins has a book all about this called, The 5 Second Rule. I highly recommend the read!

  1. Move Your Body

 I am sure I am not the only one, but sometimes we feel like working out is too much of a chore but usually, after a workout, you want to do more. When you feel like you can’t even imagine exercising but know you should, just start with smaller, more enjoyable movements.

Force your body to take action! Maybe this is just a short walk, or doing a flight of stairs. Remember action creates more action!

You may feel less intrigued to work out if your automatic thought is that in order to have a successful workout you have to exercise for 60mins or hit your PRs right away. However, this isn’t always true, you can start with a few bodyweight squats or any small movements to have success.

What is a 5-minute activity that can get your body moving? Jumping jacks, dancing to your fav song, etc… Pick one that works for you!

  1. Accountability Partner

Is there someone you know that is wanting to improve themselves or is taking steps to grow/ make changes? I am here to tell you that you want to be their friend!

Take advantage of an accountability partner! It’s a win-win for both/all of you! Find a friend, or a health and fitness group, or share your goals with your partner. When we commit to our goals with someone else who is working towards similar objectives, we are more eager to keep our promise and stick to our plan! We usually find the strength and desire to commit when we have someone else with us!

Can you find someone who will help keep you accountable? This is your sign to reach out to them!!

How can you add these 6 tips to your life?

  • Set Goals Before Gym Commitment
  • Do The Small Things Well/Making Daily Actions Easier
  • Set Up Your Environment
  • Countdown and Go
  • Move Your Body
  • Accountability Partner

I want this to say Why before (another world for obligation).

Photo By: David Ford

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I am a certified CanFit Pro Personal Trainer, Boot Camp and Kangoo Power Fitness Instructor. I have had many experiences and education opportunities, such as being a Magnum-sponsored athlete and receiving my Healthy Eating and Weight Loss Nutrition certificate.

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