Avoid Destruction by Practicing Discipline


By: Stephanie Szpila

Whenever we think about making our goals a reality, it is not uncommon to think about the self-control and discipline we will need to achieve our dreams. True winners know how to harness their willpower when obstacles arise. Whether it is that piece of chocolate cake or a missed workout that we have to say no to, it definitely takes practice to stick to our guns. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep your self-control going strong:

1. Choose a great network of friends and supporters along your journey

Being surrounded by likeminded people who support your goals always makes it easier to be held accountable. Think about how much easier it is to order a salad around healthy friends who are also making good food choices, than it is to say no to the burger and fries that another group may order. Self-control is contagious! When you surround yourself with other people who are also making their goals a reality, it is easier to see ourselves coming across the finish line, hitting a new PR, or reaching your goal weight.

2. Get moving outside

The warm summer months in Buffalo have finally allowed us the opportunity to enjoy nature and partake in new outdoor adventures. Its easier in the warmer weather to get out of bed in the morning and hit the gym rather than hit the snooze button. Hit the trails for a run, rollerblade along the river on the Niagara waterfront, enjoy the fun fitness festivities at Canal Side, or try a new water sport.

3. Hit the pillow and relax

We all know that we can get cranky or on edge when we don’t get enough sleep. It’s easier to follow through when we are well-rested and have a clear head because we have gotten a full night’s rest. If you’re a night owl, try going to bed 10 minutes earlier each week. Power off your cell phone, games, or the television at least an hour before bed so that your brain can mentally begin to relax. Check out Jada Blitz’s new class offering of yoga that has been added to the class schedule for an hour of mindfulness and relaxation.

4. Be thankful

Get into the habit of reading or reflecting on the goals you have already reached and all of your blessings. Start a journal and write down at least three things you are grateful for every day. Rather than get caught in a web of negative emotions, you will have a positive mindset that will help propel you forward.

5. Avoid obstacles

Sometimes we have to be smart about obstacles that we know will make our willpower crumble. If you know your willpower is weak, drive a different route to avoid the bakery. Pack a meal and bring it to the work luncheon, rather than sit empty handed in front of the pizza that was just ordered in the break room. Set up a gym date with one of your friends to stay accountable. No more missed workouts!

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