Want to stick to your disciplines, whatever they are? Set up bright boundaries that your mind cannot miss. “Nothing to eat after 8pm and one cheat meal a week,” is a bright boundary. Every Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday the iPad seconds timer app is a bright boundary for me and, today, ten men in the 3PP. Yes we are running out of space as well as oxygen. There’s no missing the red screen and the reps in black. Bright boundaries help your brain and in the process help you stick to something, even something that stinks or simply hurts for awhile.
Set yourself up to be monitored. Weighing yourself every morning is monitoring. Texting a cheat is too. Practicing with a SEAL buddy and truth teller is a form of monitoring. Asking someone to watch you and give you feedback in the moment is monitoring. Videotaping your presentations and studying the tape is monitoring. Monitoring yourself helps you stick to disciplines. Good.
The most disciplined people on the planet spend very little time exercising their willpower. They’ve come to understand exercising willpower takes too much energy. So, they invest their willpower in building bright boundaries so they don’t have to think, at least not as much when the little Debbie Cakes start talking late at night. I always thought it was funny when my Mom would get up after dinner and immediately brush her teeth. Her clean teeth were a bright boundary to stop her from snickysnacks later on. Funny, huh.
Where do you crave more discipline in your life? Why do you want this? What are the patterns to your problem? What are their roots? How are you establishing bright boundaries for yourself? How are you monitoring yourself? Who is holding you accountable? Tell me more my little Debbie. Tell me more…