Will Power and Self-Discipline Not Required

I’ve always associated physical training with personal growth. I don’t know why, I guess I was inspired when I was very young by Bruce Lee movies, various boxers and other athletes.

I associate training with:

  • Building discipline.
  • Looking and feeling better.
  • Being physically more capable.
  • Being resilient to injury and illness.
  • Learning skills.
  • Spending time with people whose company I enjoy.

That’s a powerful value stack that easily outweighs any physical discomfort in the moment. Not training is not even an option when your positive associations are this powerful.

Values drive behaviour more than will-power or self-dsicpline ever can.

Later I came to see what I eat in a similar way, though admittedly there is more temptation with food. Hunger and instant gratification can be powerful pulls. However, it’s having strong positive associations that will keep you on track most of the time.

What positive associations can you make with eating well? Write them down.

Are there negative associations that you can use as well?

E.g. Uncle Bob had a heart attack at 50, I don’t want to end up like him…

To decide literally means to cut off from something and commit to something else.

Until you have sufficient positive associations (or negative) you won’t truly decide.