A “Discipline” Training Hack

So, I received this question a few days ago…

“Bob I rec’d and began training with my Submission Master July 30 2018. Approx 120 days have past. I have trained 70 times during this period. Sessions are are approximately 45-60 minutes long.

Can you give me some Discipline thoughts & ideas you have applied to keep pushing on. The Submission Master is a great training tool.”

First, training with the Submission Master 70 times in 120 days is awesome! With that type of focus and drive, he has no choice but to be successful in anything he does.

Now, about the “discipline & ideas to keep pushing on” part of the question…

Yes, I’ve got a hundred recommendations for discipline and motivation… that’s one of my strengths. I’m going to limit it today to just one, and will add more in the future.

Most of my personal approaches to discipline and accomplishing goals involve “programming” my mind to do things easily, rather than sheer force of willpower to make me do things I don’t want to.

So, one mental programming “hack” is to use the TRIGGER – ACTION – REWARD method to develop positive training habits. Once the habit is established, you can eventually remove the reward if you want, and the habit stays.

The new habit will become effortless and a PERMANENT part of you, just like brushing your teeth (i.e. a habit) after 30 days.

For example, if you want to become a badass who’s training at 5 a.m. every day…

…but, you can’t make yourself train at that time because your willpower sucks…

…then add a REWARD that is so great that it outweighs how much you DON’T want to train at that hour.

So, if you absolutely LOVE reading the newspaper at Starbuck with a Latte, then here’s how it works:

Trigger: Getting out of bed at 5 a.m.
Action: Training
Reward: Latte with newspaper at Starbucks

The Latte with newspaper at Starbucks REWARD is powerful enough to make you train right out of bed. After 30 days, you’ll have ingrained the HABIT of training that will be TRIGGERED by getting out of bed at 5 a.m.

Because it’s now a habit like brushing your teeth, the act of getting out of bed at 5 a.m. will trigger that habit, and you’ll easily do it whether you get the REWARD or not.

Trigger – Action – Reward. Try it!

Keep training!