I am in a season of readjusting my routine to foster stronger discipline again (especially with the pandemic). So these these Words of Wisdom from speaker Inky Johnson hit home for me right now. I hope they resonate with you!Continue reading “Words of Wisdom: “The Price of Regret is Heavier than the Price of Discipline” – Inky Johnson”
Words of Wisdom: “You Aren’t Always Going To Be Motivated”-Jared Hamilton
I know it’s interesting that I, as the creator of an inspirational website, would post this Words of Wisdom clip from fitness trainer and speaker Jared Hamilton. Even though the made this particularly for fitness goals, I think it can be applied to any goal that you have in life.
The gist of this clip from Jared is that you’re not always going to feel like working on your goals. If the only time that you can put in the effort is when you’re feeling motivated to, you’re going to struggle to get to where you want to be. There are going to be plenty of days when your motivation is low, or you’re not seeing results, or you’re feeling lazy, but you have to do it anyway. Success is based on consistency, discipline, and true commitment. Meaning you do what needs to be done even if you don’t want to. You stay committed to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.
Lawd. Even with this site and all of the positive content I take in, I still struggle to stay on top of what I’m working on and involved in. Even as I write this crazy short post and batch other pieces of content, I’d much rather be binge-watching something on Netflix. But I owe it to myself to commit and execute on a streamlining process to ultimately make my life easier. I owe it to myself to do what I have to do to get to where I want to be. We all do.
Watch Jared’s wise words below.
Wishing you all a very happy and blessed New Year! No matter what happened in 2018 –good, bad, or indifferent– make this year great. Work smart. Play hard. B Kind. B Silly. B Inspired. B Imperfect.
Someone I follow on Instagram shared this quote:
“My 2019 word is going to be CONSISTENCY. I pray my energy, my mind, my focus, my happiness, my growth, my spirit, my time, my efforts all to be CONSISTENT.
It spoke to me because I had already determined that consistency had to be my life this year. Sure, 2018 was good, and I’m so grateful for my progress in live overall. But I had to be real. Lack of consistency is why I am not further along. My not being truly obedient to the vision that God has given to me is why I didn’t accomplish as much as I wanted to.
I’m over kinda sorta wanting things. I’m over kinda sorta working after them. I’m not saying anything to anyone. I’m just getting to work and doing what I KNOW I should’ve done in 2018. Even when I’m tired. Even when it’s cold and I want to be in bed. Even when it’s rough.
I’m determined to work at it all consistently. By December 31, 2019, it’s going to be a whole other ball game.
Listen, you can have all the planners and notebooks you want for 2019. You can dream it, plan it, and even execute some things. You can make a bomb vision board with great intentions to kick off the year strong. You can tell your plans to the world, and post it on Twitter or Instagram. But if you’re not consistently working after those goals, you’re not going to make it as far as you want to.
You may be successful in some ways, yeah. But think about how much you can accomplish by going after your plans in some way, shape, or form, on a regular basis. Consider what your health may be like by the end of the year. Consider where your business will go. Think about all that you can do career-wise. Your relationships. Your finances. YOUR LIFE. Think of where you’ll be in 2020. That’s what’s pushing me.
It’s been time, y’all. It’s been time to cut out the excuses, the procrastination, the distractions, the kinda-sorta wanting things, the kinda-sorta doing things. Doing things halfheartedly will get you halfhearted results. Period.
This year, it’s about knowing what you want and working after it with everything you got. No matter how it feels some days. Even when it looks like you’re not going to make it. Even when you’re afraid to fail. Even when you’d rather be sleeping on New Year’s Day instead of batching content (okay, that’s probably just me). Be consistent anyway!
I’m all in this year. Are you?
Candid moment. I struggle INCREDIBLY with getting my weight together. I know that I need to. I have a family history of obesity and diabetes that I am not trying to deal with as I get older. I need to get healthier for my future and my future family. But I struggle with being disciplined with that.
I was doing good for a while. 2014 brought me down to a weight I hadn’t seen since high school (see a compare and contrast above), and I wasn’t planning on stopping. But, in the next few years after, life hit hard, and I found myself turning to food and Netflix to cope. My weight ballooned again, and I was almost back at my original weight *face palm*. Since then, I’ve been up and down.
Working out isn’t really my problem. It’s my nutrition. And fitness enthusiasts will tell you that losing weight and keeping it off is 20% working out and 80% nutrition. So you can work out all you want, but if you ain’t eating right, it doesn’t matter. Trust me, I know. That’s why I haven’t gotten to where I want to be. A lack of self-discipline. Writing it down makes me mad at myself, but fuels me at the same time.
Self-discipline is a hard concept for a lot of people to truly master because it involves personal responsibility. No one is able to truly force you to go after your goals. You have to be willing to do it for yourself.
It could be discipline when it comes to your weight or self-care in general. It could be with your business. It could be with getting tasks done at work. It could be with working on your side hustle. Whatever your goal, it requires serious discipline. That means working on it even when you don’t necessarily feel like it. That means pressing on even when things don’t seem like it’s going to work out. It means saying no to different things so you can make time for your goals.
Being disciplined requires switching up your mentality. When you’re truly disciplined and focused on your goal ahead, you don’t let your emotions or circumstances get in the way. You learn to power through procrastination or being a little tired. You’re so hungry for what’s ahead for your life, you can’t help but put in the work. So here are a few ways that have helped me on the journey to self-discipline.
1. GET UP EARLY!
The early bird really does catch the worm. I’m not going to sit here and say that just because you wake up early, every door will open to you. However, you will manage to get a lot more done, and probably have more time for yourself as well. That means getting legit sleep at night so you don’t hit snooze a thousand times on your alarm clock!
2. Make the necessary sacrifices.
For my dreams and goals, I’ve sacrificed a lot. Time and events spent with family and friends. My beloved Netflix. Even some sleep. And now I’m trying to get back on sacrifices junk food (y’all pray). While I still try to make time for fun, I’m definitely focused on my own personal and professional growth. When you’re trying to be disciplined, you’ll do what you have to do to get to where you want to be.
3. Change up your environment.
When I first moved into my apartment, I used to sit on my couch, trying to work on posts and other things. Right in front of my precious smart TV. After a while, it wasn’t too long before that TV was on, and my laptop was idly sitting by. I finally bought a desk and chair for my room, which has no TV. No distractions = more productivity. Sometimes, you have to change up your environment to work in peace. If you don’t have your own sacred place to work, step outside of your home. Go to a coffee shop, library or another public area, bring your headphones, and get to work.
4. Reward yourself.
Something that keeps me going is giving myself a reward when I reach a certain milestone. I didn’t say every week, or even every month, and it doesn’t even have to be anything major. Let’s say if your goal is to lose weight, you can maybe track your pounds. For every 10 or 15 pounds down, you could buy a new workout outfit or some other small reward (not food, though!). I’ve found that gives me a mini goal to push forward to. Wanting to get to that goal (and my reward!) fuels me and forces me to get disciplined.
How disciplined are you in reaching your dreams and goals? Let’s get to work, y’all!