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To many, the word discipline gets a bad rep. It’s been mistaken for the word punishment but is it really punishment? Watching Netflix when you said that you would go to the gym, Going out drinking when you said you would study for your exam on Friday. Let’s be honest, we are all guilty of procrastinating.

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Will Smith even stated that discipline is the true definition of self-love, which makes sense if you think about it. If you have your best interests in mind then you will sacrafice immediate pleasure for hard work. Consider this extreme scenario, God forbid someone you really love/ respect was held hostage and the attacker told you to finish your assignment, go to the gym, go for a run etc… or else that person will die, I guaruntee it you would make it your mission to achieve those goals. You definetely would not say to the attacker, “after this episode of Breaking Bad”. Motivation is rubbish because motivation is short lived and gets nothing done when discipline does because unlike motivation, discipline is not a feeling.

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It goes without saying that if you really did respect yourself you would get things done regardless of your mood or energy. I always use the extra 2 reps rule in the gym, Just when my muscles are about to give way and are starting to burn I always imagine someone pointing a gun at me telling me to squeeze out another 2 reps or else he’ll pull the trigger (yeah, I’m a bit odd), but it works. The moral of the story is that if you want results and respect yourself, you will put in the hard work and time despite your feelings to achieve your goals.

-Sam Fitzsimons