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self-discipline is something that you acquire in the first seven years of your life but that doesn’t mean that you can’t start making changes to your life to acquire more self-discipline you see I’m doing this video simply because social media has killed our self-discipline and I have a solid point with this you see everywhere we turn we have instant gratification if we want something we go on Amazon Prime and we have it within two days if we want to feel good about ourselves we’re usually just a post on Instagram away from a bunch of likes they’re gonna help our validation and help us feel good about ourselves the simple point is that we’re moving at warp speed when it comes down to how we are satisfied and therefore it’s killing our self-discipline you see that self-discipline that perseverance that grit that truly is the ability and was the ability to be able to acquire success in the long term if we’re always focused on the short term and the instant gratification we really have the blinders on to what we can do with long term success and actually attain wealth and actually as saying the health that we want to have so in this video I want to give you a few things that I do and a few things that I’ve researched that really help you understand what you can do to acquire more self-discipline and the first thing that you have to do is accept the fact that maybe you’re not super disciplined because in order to change you have to accept that something needs to occur so the first thing that I want to talk about is not waiting for it to feel right now I’m gonna circle back to this a couple times in this video but what I mean by that is taking action see action precedes motivation the brain works in a really interesting way once you’re motivated and once you’re moving things start to happen and this isn’t just hearsay this isn’t just me telling you some fluff this is literally how the brain works you see when we get down to habit we have something in the brain that’s called the basal ganglia that’s the portion of the brain that stores our habits it allows us to have sort of this automatic response that just defaults to that area of the brain whenever we’re doing anything things like driving things like talking things like really even our thought patterns and how we think about things when it comes down to life well that basal ganglia is great but it’s there to help us go through life in an easier way it’s not there to help us think outside the box so here’s the thing you see humans are equipped with a prefrontal cortex this is an awesome part of the brain that’s involved in decision making it’s how we’ve evolved to become essentially creatures that can truly have cognitive thought and manifest things into existence the prefrontal cortex is not a big part of our brain right now so it’s going to feel weird it’s going to feel difficult anytime that we need to activate the prefrontal cortex it’s going to feel uncomfortable and that literally is how it feels for people you see we have this habit loop it’s literally called the habit loop and it’s where things that we process from the prefrontal cortex for efficiency sake are put into the basal ganglia to make sure that we just access them immediately and don’t have to use the energy involved to activate the prefrontal cortex that means you have to be someone that is comfortable with it not feeling right and I know this sounds cliche to step outside of your comfort zone and all that but I mean literally how it feels how it mentally feels to think about something that might be a little bit more uncomfortable but I promise you after you do it two or three times that gets stored in the basal ganglia and suddenly things start to work a little bit easier for you and you never look back the next thing I want to talk about is letting your goal become an intention rather than just a written boring goal any success coach that you look at out there in the internet or out there in the world it’s generally going to tell you that you need to write down your goals and that is all fine and dandy and I understand the premise of that okay you’re putting something tangible there you’re putting it in writing you’re crystallizing it and that’s important but if you don’t make it your actual identity and you don’t make it your intention of what you want to accomplish every single day then it holds no merit then it just serves as something that you will try to achieve no matter what you’ll go through any means necessary to reach that goal whether it changes who you are as a person or not and that’s not the ultimate goal here we’re trying to be the best people that we can possibly be and when I say let it become your identity I mean that with physiology in mind see the brain doesn’t have the ability to differentiate between what a want is and what an actual possession is for example if you want a Ferrari or you actually have a Ferrari if you truly let that manifest in yourself quite a bit your brain isn’t going to be able to differentiate between whether it’s a want or an actual have or a possession this means that you end up with an identity crisis if you don’t ultimately end up with that material possession that is truly letting a goal become you are so if your brain has now recognized that you have a Ferrari simply because you want that Ferrari and then eventually you don’t have that physical possession you have a disconnect in your brain that can make you very very unhappy so there’s something that’s extremely important when it comes down to goal-setting and actually allowing it to become an intention it needs to align with your values you cannot go and just desire something because it’s cool if it doesn’t align with your values because what’s gonna end up happening is you’re gonna run into an identity crisis that is not a healthy one it’s gonna send you into a spiral and to make you feel like crap about yourself because you’re not achieving what you wanted to achieve the next one I want to talk about is becoming a Y fairy instead of an idea fairy and this might sound a little weird and a little bit kooky but it’s something that I coined and I made up with my own business partners you see an idea fairy is someone that always has ideas but can never execute on them and it’s very very common when you’re in the world of entrepreneurs when you’re in the world to fitness people it’s all about people that have ideas but never take action on them it’s easy to have ideas we almost get high on them for example if you’re talking with your friends about this crazy business idea oh if we could only do this we could make so much money you almost get a dopamine rush out of it you get a little bit of a surge of adrenaline that helps you feel good it feels like you have a good idea but when you actually think about taking action and the steps that will be required and the money and the resources the time the people to actually do that it’s not nearly as exciting so I want you to start looking at your ideas from a Y perspective stop looking at what you can do and how you do it and focus more so on why do you want to do something because that’s how you determine if it’s truly aligned with your values if you truly want to do something because the Y is present and you’re thinking with the Y it’s so much easier to take action and truly have success with whatever you’re putting your mind to last but not least and you’re gonna laugh at this one is to just be dumb for a minute let yourself be dumb you see we have this inherent ability to just naturally do what’s best for us and if you just stop getting in your own way and you stop overthinking things a lot of times you can truly have success and be a heck of a lot happier and you’re going to acquire a lot more self-discipline that way because remember that self-discipline is all about feeling a little bit uncomfortable and sort of nullifying and getting numb to the fact that it’s going to feel a little bit uncomfortable times if you overthink it you’re sending too much energy to the wrong portion of your brain so an exercise that I do is literally meditating and letting myself be done I don’t think about things I found to think from a business person’s perspective I try not their thing from a social media perspective I try to think from the most archaic subconscious seven-year-old way of thinking that I possibly can now I’m gonna sound cliche when I say this but if you’ve ever talked to a five or six year old they usually have not a care in the world they’re usually happy and they usually have all the self-discipline that they need to get what they want they’re stubborn they’re motivated they know what they want and they get it no matter what as long as a parent isn’t physically standing in their way so if we let ourselves be domini let ourselves be kids I promise you they’re going to require a lot more self-discipline you might just be able to tap into that subconscious and allow yourself to be the best version of yourself I will see you in the next video
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Improve Your Self Discipline with 3 Psychology Tips
1) Don’t wait for it to “feel right.” (Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit)
Habit behaviors are traced to a part of the brain called the basal ganglia – a portion of the brain associated with emotions, patterns, and memories
Decisions, on the other hand, are made in the prefrontal cortex (section of the brain right behind your forehead), a completely different area
Embrace the wrong and acknowledge that it will take a while for your new regime to feel right (1,2)
Called the habit loop – a behavior becomes automatic, the decision-making part of your brain goes into a sleep mode of sorts.
Prefrontal Cortex & Sleep
Sleep deprivation hits the prefrontal cortex is hard, and it loses control over the regions of the brain that create cravings and the stress response
One of the most acclaimed sleep researchers, Daniel Kripke, found in a study that “people who sleep between 6.5 hours and 7.5 hours a night, live the longest, are happier, and most productive.”
When the sleep-deprived catch a better night’s sleep, their brain scans no longer show signs of prefrontal cortex impairment (3,4)
2) Set Clear Goals (SMART Goals)
The more specific the goal, the better able people are to reach it-
a highly abstract goal may not be actionable
SMART is a mnemonic acronym, giving criteria to guide in the setting of objectives – has suffered from acronym drift, but the most common definition is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-based (5)
Goal Setting and the Brain
The human brain can’t tell the difference between what we want and what we have, so setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it
By setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are
Brain & Rewards
With every achievement along the path to meeting our goal, our body releases dopamine into our brains, creating a sense of pleasure, which keeps us focused and motivated – we physically feel good when we’re taking steps towards our goals
Conversely, if you fail to meet your goals, your brain will have the opposite effect – failure to meet a goal means the dopamine supply gets cut off. (6,7)
3) The Why & How Mindsets
“Why” questions encourage long-term thinking, or desirability of pursuing an action; in contrast, “How” questions bring the mind down to the present and consider a goal’s attainability or feasibility (8)
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