When you wake up in the morning do you lay in bed for 10mins? When you get up do you make your bed? Are your clothes from the day before tidied up or are they in a heap somewhere? If you think that, by raising these points, I’m being anal then I’m out to convince you to get on my level. I firmly believe that these little acts of “I’ll do it later” set a precedent for your behaviour and your thinking and could be the little things that are preventing you from making big progress.
Life these days is soft, we have excuses to be lazy at every turn and many people readily accept these opportunities. Why walk to the shop when you could drive? Why even leave the house? Order in. We have lifestyles based around convenience. The problem with this is that success, in any field, does not get delivered to your door by a guy on a moped. You have to seek and strive. This requires persistence, patience and discipline.
Take a step back and reflect on your daily routines. Are you practicing the art of discipline or are you ‘doing things later’? If so it’s time to change. In virtually everything we do we can develop discipline. Stop looking for the easy route or the shortcut, yes work smart but stop cutting corners, if you’re doing something then do it properly. Finish jobs, finish reps. It doesn’t matter how trivial it feels, apply discipline. If you’ve eaten then wash up straight after, when you get in don’t leave your clothes in a pile.
The thing is that, as humans, we are incredibly adept at telling ourselves bullshit stories and coming up with bullshit excuses so that we can take the easy way out of something. How many times after work have you convinced yourself that you don’t need to work out that evening because you’re too tired? When you get up early do you convince yourself that you need to check twitter and spend an extra 15mins in bed? Be honest with yourself and recognise now that these are bullshit habits -ones that you need to put a stop to if you want to progress.
Why am I pushing this? Because when the manager asks for a report finishing and you half ass it you are passing over an opportunity to make progress. In a game a sloppy bit of play determines the outcome which costs you your shot. Later doesn’t come, the only moment that matters is now. If you have any ambition in life then you need to be disciplined. You need to shut out that whiny voice in your head. In order to develop this discipline, focus on the micro to make a difference on the macro (A Josh Waitzken reference – read his book). Focus on the little things to demonstrate discipline. Take pride in these. Starting small will soon permeate the bigger things in life. Discipline is a habit – start making it a habit of yours.
I’ll end this piece with a quote from Matt Vincent, taken from a Barbell Shrugged Podcast, discussing his garage gym mentality to work:
“Let’s just be clear that my life is so soft that I have to make up fake work by lifting weights so that I can hang out with the same kind of decent respect that my ancestors had, physically. So I’m not going to listen to my own bullshit of ‘I’m tired – I got to sit in my leather seated truck and drive around all day with the seat heaters on and now I’m too tired’. Bro, get in the fucking garage and do some god damn work”
So listen to Matt, suck it up, stop giving in to lazy thinking and do some actual, quality work. I promise you’ll notice a difference.