Before any journey, there is usually some form of an end goal in sight. Whichever path we decide to go down, establishing a consistent level of motivation is essential to staying driven. When the alarm goes off and it’s time to start another day, what motivates you to toss the covers aside and get moving? The discipline we have or don't have unequivocally separates greatness from mediocrity. Whether we’re hiking to an alpine lake or cycling across town or picking up groceries, there is a driving force that propels us to do so. Finding and maintaining inspiration day in and day out is not always easy. One of Theodore Roosevelt’s famous inspirational quotes speaks to the demeanor of our great former president, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” With disciplined behavior, it is possible to maintain a peaceful state of mind when overcoming any adversity.
Establishing consistent healthy habits are essential to maintaining or exceeding our ability to succeed. For highly productive people, the first hour and last hour of each day can be critical. Think of these two hours as the launching and landing pads for your day. Starting your day off with success such as making the bed, brushing your teeth or exercising sets a precedent for the rest of the day. This regimental lifestyle can be a powerful tool to instill unconditional discipline in ourselves. With so many distractions in the world we live in today, it’s become alarmingly easy to access poor quality food and waste time binge watching a full season of our favorite T.V. show. Time is our most precious resource and its interesting to observe how we all utilize it differently.
Two years ago, something clicked in my brain and I began each day dedicated to a lifelong commitment to my body. With consistent strength and conditioning along with yoga and flexibility, I aimed to maintain and exceed my capabilities. My body had always been capable of performing well. Striving to achieve and maintain peak performance is a lifestyle and mentality I am proud of. There are always going to be ten reasons not to do something. Finding a reason to say yes is what separates highly successful people from the latter. In a world where anything is possible, how much self control we have is ultimately a major determinant in our destiny. Innocuous decisions that we make each day are the building blocks to our future. The more control we have over ourselves, the more likely we are to make healthy decisions.
I’ve always thoroughly appreciated the ability to use my body to participate in sports and outdoor activities. Through trial and error, I have a good idea what my body needs to continue performing consistently, and, what it does not. Continually strengthening and conditioning our bodies is scientifically proven to be beneficial to preserving our lean muscle mass. Other preventative maintenance measures like yoga and foam rolling also contribute to our bodies functionality. Allocating our time purposefully is wise if you are interested in maintaining the ability to bend, twist and function normally. Without consistent movement our bodies can get stiff and locked up, it’s true, if you don't move it you lose it. My motivation to stay disciplined is the ability to move freely and continue to do the things I love for many years to come.
Recently I became rather focused on my purpose in life. After high school I succeeded in an academic setting obtaining a degree as a civil engineer. I also worked as an Arborist throughout college. Working and going to school taught gave me a sense of purpose and hard work. Having the self control to study after a long day of chainsawing was not by any means easy. Throughout my time at the University I was able to appreciate both facets of blue collar and white collar work. I was progressing each day challenging my physical and mental limits. My degree helped solidify a mindset that anything is possible with discipline and dedication. Each day I was training myself to be controlled and habitual to reach my end goal of being an engineer. There are going to be distractions in life such as friends, holidays or sporting events that challenge our ability to control ourselves. With unconditional hard work and dedication it is possible to achieve our wildest fantasies facing any adversity. The choice is yours! - Jake Posner