The Pain of Discipline vs. the Pain of Regret

“We all must suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” (Jim Rohn)

How much “extra weight” do you put on during your week of training?

The weight of regret from not going to bed earlier and struggling to get out of bed in the morning.

The weight of disappointment from eating foods that gave relief or comfort in the moment but made you sluggish and lacking mental clarity afterwards.

The weight of stress from not managing your other responsibilities well enough so you ended up compromising the quality or duration of your workout.

As they say, hindsight is 20/20 so let’s put it to good use to help you shed that extra weight.

This week’s key thought: REPLACE REGRET WITH DISCIPLINE

Rarely do we take the time to reflect and learn from a setback but when we do, it can give quick insight and be a weight off our back next time.

1. Pick one behaviour of yours that recently resulted in a feeling of regret.

Note: if you don’t connect with the word “regret”, replace it with the feeling you get when you don’t exercise the discipline needed to be at your best and achieve your goals. Guilt? Frustration? Doubt? Pissed off? Sad?

2. Ask yourself: “What were the short term benefits I gained from that regretful behaviour?” Think of both practical and emotional benefits.

3. Ask yourself: “What were the negative consequences I experienced from that regretful behaviour?” List them all. Specifically. Fully.

4. Complete this sentence “If I had demonstrated more discipline in that situation I would have…. (describe the disciplined behaviour you could have shown)”

5. Complete this sentence: “The practical and emotional benefits I would gain from this discipline are…

This week, find 1 moment – just 1 moment – where you can demonstrate more discipline.

The payoff will be immediate.

The pain of that discipline will be light.

The feeling will be empowering – you’ll build confidence you’ll be proud of your dedication and you’ll have shed the profound weight of disappointment and regret.

P.S. Thanks to Krsnendu Dasa for submitting this week’s success quote from Jim Rohn.

The Mindset Moment is a little reminder, a friendly nudge and a caring kick up the backside to keep you on track to achieve your potential and goals. Just what we all need to jumpstart the week and always be at our best.

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  1. Trevor Drinen
    3 years ago

    Chris,

    I agree with Jim Rohn’s words, “We all must suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”

    Since this is my first visit to your site, I would also add you’ve honed in the discipline of writing.

    In reference to the article you posted I can relate to your following statements well.

    The weight of disappointment from eating foods that gave relief or comfort in the moment….

    (Homemade cookie dough – just a tablespoon or two)

    The weight of stress from not managing your other responsibilities well enough so you ended up compromising the quality or duration of your workout.

    (Stress, has pushed me to train differently. Intensity vs long durations)

    The action step I’ve chosen to think through while running today is, “The practical and emotional benefits I would gain from this discipline are…”

    Chris, what’s one area you struggle in?

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