Our gym teacher, Molly often says that physical discomfort makes life's discomfort much more manageable. And she's right! If you can push through to the end of a workout or marathon, then you can mentally push through a challenging work or family situation. It teaches us perseverance to finish when things get uncomfortable.
John was a 13 year old boy who said he didn't like water so he would keep drinking his coke. He had pre diabetes and was likely to be on insulin if he didn't eliminate the sugary beverages from his diet. His mom felt uncomfortable telling him he would have to do without his favorite drink. Would she feel more comfortable telling him to take his shots that could have been prevented? I reminded her that ultimately, it's her family's choice.
“But the fact of the matter is, is if you want to be good, you really don’t have a lot of choices, because it takes what it takes. You have to do what you have to do to be successful. So you have to make choices and decisions to have the discipline and focus to the process of what you need to do to accomplish your goals.” - Nick Saban
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Now, let's fast forward to Mandy, who had the same biochemical disease markers as John (labs elevated) except for an added problem: PCOS. We talked about changes that she can make, that due to PCOS, her results will be harder to achieve, and what her family can do to help. I asked, as I usually do: "what do you think about that plan?" She replied: "Since I don't want to get sicker I don't have much of a choice." Bingo, my love...bingo. She came back to me 6 months later thrilled about her 50 pound weight loss. She was praised by the entire medical team and no longer needed to be a 15 year old on old lady medications (her words)! She made the right choice.
Discipline has become a very unattractive word in today's society, but in fact, it is discipline that make's a life worth living.
If Nick's words aren't enough (you clearly aren't from Alabama), then read what Paul from the bible has to say about discipline.
"I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified." 1 Cor 9:27
Sure, that can be said for diet and exercise, but that's not all. Discipline can be in the form of words, actions, reactions, and even thoughts. There is always some area we could be working on!
What is that for you?