Day #016: Rule Your Mind or It Will Rule You

Self-discipline is the power to act on ideas. It is the ability to take things from thoughts and realize them through actions and tangible results.

This all comes down to the mind. To your mind. Self-discipline is often described as a muscle, something that becomes stronger the more you work with it. In essence, having self-discipline from a productivity point of view is having the ability and motivation to just do it.

Let me tell you the difference between self-discipline and a lack of control. If you have a goal to lose weight or get fit. In order to do this – this will require work. Hard work. In most cases it will require to re-invent just how your mind thinks and processes, how it tics and how it spins day in and day out.

When it comes to food. You can choose to ease out of something, but this is still letting you taste the very thing you are trying to let go of… meaning you are always tempting your self one step more… compared to if you go cold turkey and cut out the certain foods (not good for you foods) all together. This would be harder at first, but after conquering the crunch part, you will have increased your willpower, self-discipline by more than you could have ever thought.

When it comes to exercise – you can choose to argue with yourself and give or create excuses of why you can’t do it. Or you can get out there and just start. Getting out there, even if you are struggling, but by choosing to do something and with your best intention behind it, you have just beaten your mind. Essentially whipping your mind back in shape.

Remember! Progress over perfection!


  • Start small, Work up to it, but get our there and start.
  • Jump in cold turkey and pick a routine that works for you
  • Accountability from someone else or yourself (yourself? = self motivation)

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A Edison