Reflections on Shaping Discipline

There was/is a part of me that didn’t think I’d make it this far. Yeah I’ve accomplished things before, but I’ve never been this consistent. 60 days of doing doing things for myself. I’ve set goals to read a book in a month and I did it on top of practicing some form of martial skill everyday for a month.

Could I have done more with my time blocks – some days I only did a couple of minutes. But this is about consistently practicing something everyday. This is about re-shaping my life into something better.

Learning to cut myself some slack for just improving what I’m doing everyday is a win. Behavioral science shows us that punishing someone for a behavior doesn’t do that much for changing behavior. Reinforcement however is far more powerful. That’s why I called the challenge Shaping Discipline – I’ve been shaping my future behavior via reinforcing steps along the way to what I ultimately want.

I’ve been noticing that it’s easier to pull myself away from distractions and get back to work (generally speaking) – that’s helped me keep going forward as well as continue to keep my word with myself. That all means I’m building more momentum – which means psychologically I’ll have more behind me to push me forward through hard times.

I have a ton of room to do more/better – so that’s what I’m focusing on with the next round. I’m trying to build a solid base of nutrition and physical training habits (rebuilding really). So that I can do more without feeling exhausted – as well as being in better shape in general.

I’ll be turning 41 during this cycle – and yeah I don’t feel like I’m in my 20s anymore. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t keep getting stronger – gotta have a basis for that “old man strength” later in life.

Here’s to the next 30 days.


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