I started 30 Days of Discipline again on October 16, and now I’m finishing up my second week.
Looking at my logs, I’ve got to step things up. I’ve been failing in a few areas, so it’s time to address them.
30 Days of Discipline isn’t easy. It’s not meant to be.
If discipline was easy to obtain, everyone would have it.
Instead of making excuses for failing at some of the required daily habits, I evaluated why I’m making my mistakes.
I am fully responsible for my actions. I am the only person to blame for not checking off each daily habit in the 30 Days of Discipline.
If you truly want to do something, you will make time to do it. If I allow something to keep me from completing the habits, that’s on me. No one else.
Likewise, when you fail to achieve your goals, you are the only one to blame. Accept the fact that you are in your current situation, due to the choices you have made in the past.
No one else is to blame for your shortcomings, your mistakes, or your choices. You bear sole responsibility.
So instead of coasting along, and “giving it my best shot,” let’s see where I’m going astray with Victor’s program.
I have no problem sticking to the 5 AM habit.
I’ve been waking up at 4 AM on a regular basis for the better part of five months. It’s the only way to reliably train with my business partner.
Unplanned events, distractions, and business obligations tend to make the afternoons a headache for scheduling anything, so we make sure to knock out the gym before the day even begins.
Perform your most important tasks first thing in the morning to make sure they always get done.
When I train first thing in the morning, it gives me energy for the rest of the day. It gets the endorphins rushing and makes me feel like a champion.
Doing things earlier in the day is one of the biggest pieces of advice I can give you. I used to be a night owl (I still can be if I allow myself), but I changed my habits after Victor gave me a swift kick in the ass.
If you want to get more done, do it earlier in the day.
If you have anything that MUST get done TODAY, do it earlier in the day.
So, where have I been fucking up with 30 Days of Discipline..?
Push-ups, sit-ups, and air squats… are you kidding me?
Although I haven’t skipped the gym, I’ve been skipping out on my 100 reps of each, several times so far. That means I have two options: 1) step up the intensity and perform them each day with my morning training sessions, or 2) do them as soon as I get home in the afternoon, instead of one or two hours before bedtime.
I’ve been saving them for later in the day, doing them aside from my training sessions. But it’s been too easy skipping them when I’m tired and ready for bed.
Time to fix that.
A lot of things will test your discipline. Stay the course and reap the rewards.
NOTE: I completely forgot that I was supposed to increase the number of reps I can do in a row, instead of hitting just the total. I’ve been doing 3 sets of 33, 33, and 34… dur… fixing that too. Time to get my endurance back up.
Attitude & Mindset
My moods have also been a little off lately.
I’m pretty sure a lot of it stems from Seattle’s transition back into the rainy season. The skies are grey and cloudy from September to May.
The sudden transition from beautiful, bright summer days to suicidal rain clouds is quick, and can take a toll on your body after a few weeks. They don’t call it “seasonal depression” for nothing. With daylight getting shorter, I’m making sure I get plenty of vitamin D each day.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) tends to affect those who live in Northern latitudes more, because they receive less exposure to sunlight for a greater portion of the year. This can also increase the risk of suicide.
Anyway, there’s my PSA for the day. Back to the program.
To go along with my negative attitude, I’ve been avoiding eye contact a bit to dodge conversations and my posture’s been shit several times.
What you feel inside, you will reflect outside.
I’ve referenced Mike’s video before in this post, but here it is again because he does a great job explaining how your body reacts when you are afraid or worried.
Now that I’ve recognized my mood is keeping me from achieving some of the habits in the program, once again, I need to fix it.
I just need to sit up straighter, and look everyone in the eyes when I pass them. Simple.
What’s On Point?
I purchased 30 Days of Discipline last December, as an early Christmas present to myself.
After going through the program once, I incorporated most of the habits into my daily lifestyle, so most of this isn’t new to me.
I consistently wake up early, dress well, and walk tall with good posture. I take a contrast shower each day after weightlifting. And I’ve cut back on porn.
But most of all, I work towards my goals every single day.
Following these habits really will transform you into a different man.
Without discovering Victor and subsequently, 30 Days of Discipline, I don’t think I ever would have taken the steps necessary to grow as a man. To develop discipline, confidence, and pride.
I’ll leave you with a timely video from Elliott Hulse.