Repeated Short Term Discipline Brings Long Term Rewards
Some Definitions First
Short Term – Of or pertaining to a short term, esp. one year or less.
Discipline – Activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training. Behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control.
Long Term – Covering a relatively long period of time.
Rewards – Something given or received in return or recompense for service, merit, hardship, etc.
Discipline Is Not Something You Have To Do, It Is Something You Get To Do
All too many people look at being disciplined as something that is awful; that takes too much work; that is simply no fun.
I’m here to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth.
The reality is that IN THE BEGINNING, discipline is quite often awful; it quite often takes too much work; and it quite often is simply no fun. HOWEVER, ONE YOU GET STARTED, discipline becomes a thing of beauty. Discipline becomes a pleasurable experience.
I know this based upon my own recent experiences.
Over the past 4 months, I have worked my way up to exercising a minimum of 3 hours daily. It didn’t start out that way. At first, I was only doing about 30 minutes a day. It was a pain. It was not fun. It would have been much more fun to sit at home, eat and watch TV while sitting on the couch.
BUT I KEPT GOING. I REMAINED CONSISTENT. I PUT ASIDE THE SHORT TERM PLEASURE OF SITTING AT HOME, EATING AND WATCHING TV WHILE SITTING ON THE COUCH.
Over the past 4 months, I am now exercising a minimum of 3 hours daily and as much as 6 hours on some days. When I say exercise, it might be something as simple as walking or biking or such. When I say exercise, I mean physical activity. I have gotten up off my butt and I’m getting at least 3 hours of physical activity each day.
During that time period, I’ve lost 60 pounds. I feel fabulous and I’m about 80% of the way toward getting in the best shape I’ve ever been in during my entire life. That’s not bad for a 50 year old guy who ruptured his achilles tendon about 20 months ago and who put on a bunch of weight as a result.
The other good part is that everyone at the gym is starting to admire me and I’m proud to tell them what I’ve done.
I now consider it a privilege to get up off my butt each day and do some physical exercise. I can’t wait to get started each and every day.
Don’t get me wrong, some days I don’t feel like it and that might be a day where I take the day off. While I”m getting in shape, I’m not Superman, so I do have to rest every so often. That’s just part of being human.
Why Am I Doing This?
Simple reason: Regret Weighs A Ton. Discipline Weighs Ounces.
I am 50 years old and I want to live a VERY long time; a VERY LONG TIME.
If I don’t show a little discipline now, I know that I will regret it later in life.
It’s just that simple.
Some Additional Reading For You
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