Commitment Challenge: Week four

Self-Discipline

Staying committed to something new requires a significant amount of self discipline. In light of this month’s transformational theme of commitment, this week’s challenge is oriented around practicing self discipline.

The concept of self discipline is often associated with a significant amount of difficulty and pain. Sayings such as “no pain, no gain”, and “nothing good comes easy” embrace the notion that society sees it as a badge of honor to go through a significant amount of pain in the process of achieving greatness.

Often, when we think about self discipline, we think about that person that wakes up religiously at 4AM to go to the gym, or the person who never eats unhealthy, or the person who is able to go to bed at the same time every night (2 hours before your Netflix and chill session is usually over). The funny thing is, it is often the same person who is doing all of those things. So, the question is, has this person simply fallen in love with pain? Doubtful.

This person has likely found a way to change their association between pain and self discipline, and instead thinks of their commitment as healthy, energizing, exciting, even joyful – it becomes a point of pride for them.

The notion that self-discipline equals pain is exactly why so many have difficulty finding the discipline to stay committed to something new over the long term. You can probably relate; have you ever tried a new routine, and found you were able to commit to it wholeheartedly for the first week, but by the second week it became difficult as life got in the way, and by the third week the new routine was nothing more than a distant memory? We have all experienced something similar. Did you fail because you lack self discipline? Likely not. The failure is often due to the mental association you have between self discipline and pain.

So, what is the best way to make self discipline rewarding rather than painful? One amazing method is to commit to your goals or new routine by taking baby steps. Baby steps will allow you to slowly build up to your ultimate goal over time, and will allow you to find the joy in staying committed.

Let’s say you want to be able to wake up at 5:30am to go to the gym before work. Currently you wake up at 7AM everyday (after pressing snooze a few times).

Instead of setting your alarm for 5:30, try waking up at 6:50, and get some light stretches or core work in before your start getting ready. You will feel energized after the first week of this, and will likely associate the self discipline with energy and accomplishment. Overtime, you can then build off this enthusiasm in increments, and work your way up to happily waking up at 5:30 to go to the gym.

This week’s challenge will build off the notion of using baby steps to develop a different relationship with self discipline.

A man emerging in water

The Challenge:

This week we are challenging you to go to bed 10 minutes earlier than usual each night. If you usually turn the lights out at 10:30, try turning them out at 10:20 this week. There are a number of important factors at play with this challenge.

The first is that it will require you to practice self discipline. The 10 minute shift is in the realm of baby steps, and will allow you to ease into a new routine without inflicting pain.

Secondly, this challenge will force you to re-evaluate your current nighttime routine and sleep habits. You will be required to analyze your current routine, and optimize it to make the shift. This will hopefully result in better sleep over time and give you more personal time in the mornings.

This is a virtuous cycle. The added emphasis on sleep will result in less fatigue, which will result in a stronger willpower to empower yourself to practice self-discipline and stay committed to your goals in all areas of your life.

Time Commitment: 10 minutes

You can choose to extend this to 20 or 30 minutes as you see fit, but commit to shutting out the lights a minimum of 10 minutes before your usual bedtime.

When: PM

Although the emphasis is on going to bed 10 minutes early this week, you can easily add another baby step of waking up 10 minutes early in the morning once you are accustomed to the shifted sleep cycle.

A hand in grass

How:

If you normally turn the lights out at 10:30, try turning them out at 10:20 this week. This challenge refers to when the lights are shut off. It does not count if you get into bed at 10:20, then proceed to watch Netflix for an hour 😉

  • Start your nighttime routine ten minutes earlier than usual.
  • Shut your lights out ten minutes before you usually do.

That’s it, and if you want to really amplify this challenge, try maintaining that consistent bedtime routine on Friday and Saturday as well. One of the worst things for sleep is to disrupt our regular patterns (something most of us do on the weekends). Try staying consistent for 7 days straight and see how you feel! 

Pairs Well With: STUNN PM

Take STUNN PM around 2 hours before you want to go to sleep. The ingredients such as Valerian Root, Hops Flower, and Passion Flower will help you relax and destress, and will ensure you are ready to crawl in for an earlier sleep!

That concludes 4 weeks of challenges related to commitment! Next week, we will dive into new self-care challenges related to the transformational theme of STRENGTH.

Transformation is journey oriented, where the process is arguably more impactful than any end result. Philosophically speaking, you could say the journey is the desired result… We can’t wait to get started on this journey, and hope you join us!

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