Month: December 2021

Why You Need Self Discipline and How to Develop It

Self Discipline

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How many times have you been told that you need to be more-disciplined?

How many times could you have succeeded if you were just a little more patient and disciplined?

Just think about the times you got into an uncomfortable situation, because you reacted too fast and without thinking?

What Does Self Discipline Mean?

  • Self-discipline is the ability to do what you have to do, even if you don’t feel like doing it.
  • It is a skill that gives you the strength to take action, even if you don’t have the motivation and confidence to do so.
  • Being self-disciplined means doing whatever you need to do, without procrastinating, evading your tasks, or revoking your decisions.

Self-discipline is a most essential life skill that enables you to succeed in anything you choose to do.

Being self-disciplined enables you to focus your attention on your priorities and disallow anything to distract your attention and waste your time and energy.

People set goals and hope to achieve them. Unfortunately, many don’t have the discipline to follow what it takes to transform these goals into reality. They lose their passion and drive too fast, especially if they don’t get quick results.

You Don’t Need Superpowers

Is it possible to strengthen self-discipline? Are there exercises you can do to improve this skill?

Yes, there are!

You might now think, ‘Well this probably requires a lot of time and effort, it’s not for me!’ If you think so, then you are wrong.

You don’t need superpowers to improve this skill.

In other articles, I have compared building this skill to bodybuilding. With bodybuilding you build your physical muscles, and with self discipline your build inner muscles. However, there is a difference.

With self discipline you do not need to invest the same amount of effort and time that is required for bodybuilding.

Even a few minutes a day would take you a long way toward manifesting self-discipline. And good news is that you can practice the exercises as part of your daily life and routine, without the need to devote special times for the exercises.

The training method I am talking about is quite simple.

This training method is based on your everyday actions and activities, and therefore, for most exercises, you don’t need to spend extra time on practicing them.

This does not mean that you can remain passive, make no effort and reap the results. There is no such system for developing any skill.

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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

You will need to step out of your comfort zone to succeed with self discipline methods.

The comfort zone is cozy and safe, but to get stronger, gain self mastery, become assertive and decisive, you need to get out of your comfort zone.

This might not be convenient for some people. However, if you wish to succeed in life, become happier and more satisfied with your life, stepping out of your comfort zone is essential..

Any kind of effort, learning a new skill, and doing things differently, require that you leave your comfort zone, and be prepared to do things that might not be too convenient for you.

Lifting weights is not a comfortable and pleasant thing to do, but it strengthens your muscles.

Climbing the stairs instead of using the elevator is less convenient, but this action strengthens your body and strengthens your willpower and self discipline muscles.

There are many activities and tasks in your everyday life that you consider difficult, inconvenient or uncomfortable, and which you try to evade or to postpone doing them.

There are also tasks and actions that make you feel stressed or awkward.

You need some inner strength to face these tasks and activities and carry them through.

If you opt to do them, despite the discomfort, stress and inner resistance, your sense of inner strength, confidence, and satisfaction would grow.

To do so, you need a certain degree of self discipline and willpower.

You Can Build Your Self Discipline

Do you now wish to find out how to strengthen this skill?

Self discipline is closely related to willpower. When you work on building one of them, you automatically improve the other skill.

This is why I have written a book about both skills. The book is titled Build up Strong Willpower and Self Discipline.

This eBook gives you a practical framework for developing self-discipline and willpower, so you can become more successful in all areas of your life. It would give you the inner strength you lack, so you become more assertive, disciplined and courageous.

The book is a guide with practical information, guidance and exercises.

  1. You will find out how to strengthen your willpower and self discipline with simple, highly effective exercises, which you can practice at any time or place.
  2. The book will help you gain the inner strength to overcome procrastination and laziness, and let nothing divert you from what you set out to do.
  3. You will learn how to exercise control over your reactions, instead of reacting automatically. This would enable you to react to people and situations without anger, resentment or negative feelings.
  4. You will learn to overcome your inner resistance to step out of your comfort zone, and start acting and doing things.
  5. The inner strength you gain would enable you to say ‘no’ to people who try to exploit or manipulate you.
  6. The self control you gain would help you overcome procrastination and build up patience and perseverance.
  7. With the help of willpower and self-discipline you will be in a better position to achieve greater success in your job, career, business, sports, study or relationships.
  8. The inner strength you will gain from the exercises would boost your confidence, self esteem and assertiveness, and help you overcome negative habits.

The Book is in eBook PDF format, which you can read on your desktop, laptop, smartphone and tablet.

You will be able to download and read the eBook immediately after purchase.

For more information and to purchase the book click on the link below.

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5 tips for managing your health this festive season

5 tips for managing your health this festive season

Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are a fantastic time of year! That said, it can also be challenging to maintain your health over the festive season. In this blog, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Hayden Kelly, gives us his top tips for balancing health and enjoyment during the “silly season”.

Prioritising your health is still important!

Despite the celebration and festivities, the stress that comes with the season can seem to be somewhat unavoidable. Whilst maintaining healthy habits may seem difficult over this period, it’s important to recognise the value of good nutrition, sleep and physical activity in ensuring you are reinvigorated, refreshed and ready to tackle 2022. Here are some tips for staying healthy over the next few weeks:

1. Start by walking more

Walking is a great way to get some extra movement into your life. Research has shown walking is the most common type of exercise adopted when adults are encouraged to do more physical activity into their lives. It’s also the most likely to be sustained in contrast to other exercise programs because it’s often used as an active means of commuting.

Some of the benefits that can be achieved from simply walking for 10-30 minutes 3 days per week include:

  • improved sleep
  • better cardiorespiratory fitness
  • stress relief
  • improved mood
  • increased energy and stamina
  • reduced fatigue.

The Heart Foundation offers some great resources to help you start walking more. You can search for walking groups within your area or sign up for an individualised walking plan.

2. Move regularly – even if just for a couple of minutes

Your exercise routine will probably look different over this time of year, and that’s okay! Remember, something is better than nothing. Whether it’s a simple walk around the block Christmas morning, a surf or swim at the local ocean pool, it all counts. Physical activity is important not only for your physical fitness, but also your mental health.

Research shows that people who do just 2 minutes of low to moderate intensity walking every 20 minutes see a 24-30% reduction their blood glucose levels after eating (compared to those who remain sedentary). All the more reason to break up Christmas lunch with some backyard cricket!

3. Eat well and enjoy your food

It’s okay to indulge in some of the things you love most over the Christmas period. If that means some Christmas pudding or homemade trifle, let your hair down! You deserve a break. However, remember to moderate your intake. If you intend to drink alcohol during Christmas, remember to stay well hydrated and limit your intake. Every gram of alcohol contains 7 calories, which is comparable to 9 calories per gram of dietary fat. If you’re someone that enjoys a drink, remember alcohol is quite energy dense!

4. Look after your mental health

Mental wellbeing is often a challenging subject and while this is a fantastic time of year, it can also be a tough time for many Australians. While being more physically active and eating well can definitely help your mental health, it’s important to know that it’s also okay to ask for help. If you feel you would benefit with counselling from a trained expert, Beyond Blue provides free services from counsellors available 24 hours, 7 days per week. To get in touch call 1300 22 4636.

5. It’s all about balance

It’s been a BIG year, and we ALL deserve to unwind a bit and enjoy this magical festive season. You can definitely enjoy the things you love while taking care of your physical and mental health. It’s all about balance!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Written by Hayden Kelly. Hayden is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist at Diabetes NSW and ACT.

Video: Setting an Intention of the Heart Dharma Talk

When we sit quietly and face the stillness, we start the feel the grief that we carry—and the immense beauty of life.

When we get quiet we can see in a new way, as Pablo Neruda writes in “Keeping Quiet”:

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still
for once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for a second,
and not move our arms so much….

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.

Life is what it is about…

If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with
death.

Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.
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Make of yourself a light. It’s never too late to start over and set an intention of the heart. It could be as simple as “I vow to be kind.” By aligning our dedication with our highest intention, we chart the course of our whole being. Then no matter how hard the voyage and how big the setbacks, we know where we are headed.

For more teachings like this, please subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE.

This talk was originally livestreamed by Spirit Rock on 12/20/21.

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Video: Nourish and Connect Meditation

Release whatever wants to be let go of in this moment. Let yourself become loving awareness itself. Feel yourself relax with each breath. You can nourish, connect, and come to rest. As you feel the breath come and go, there will likely be a stream of thoughts. Bow to your thoughts and say to yourself, “I love it when they come, and I love it when they go.” You can rest here and now in the reality of the present.

For more teachings like this, please subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE.

This meditation was originally livestreamed by Spirit Rock on 12/20/21.

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