Our attention and energy are scarce resources.
As is our capacity for deep thought.
As are our emotions.
Life works to sap these from us at every opportunity.
The list of potential ways our energy might be called for is endless.
This fact of life can present a major stumbling block for taking the steps required for getting and staying lean, strong, and healthy.
It’s the end of a long, draining, day.
Do you hit the gym and then go home and eat a delicious, nutritious meal?
Or do you grab something quick, then head to the apartment and veg?
The answer to this question often comes down to one thing.
Have you made these aspects of your life non-negotiable?
Have you set yourself up for success with as little friction as necessary?
With minimal thought or choice?
Have you packed or set out or workout clothes?
Do you have a clear plan for your training – whether that means following a program on your own, attending a specific class, or working with a trainer or coach?
Is your refrigerator stocked with the food that you need?
Do you know exactly what you’re going to cook and eat?
How would your life look if you didn’t have to battle these decisions every day?
Discipline is not a dirty word.
When you don’t have to decide how to eat.
Whether to train.
When to go to bed.
You leave all of that mental and emotional space for the things that truly deserve your energy and attention.
Establishing this kind of discipline isn’t easy.
It takes time.
It takes effort.
You’re worth it, though.
You deserve that kind of freedom.
Do what you can.
Keep moving forward.
Keep putting yourself first.
You’ve got this.