We get it. It’s easy to procrastinate, especially when it comes to plans for self-improvement. But former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink has a piece of advice for people who are trying to improve themselves: lifestyle changes work best when they’re implemented as quickly as possible.
You don’t need to wait for an opportune moment to commit to a more disciplined lifestyle. The best time to make a change is always now, even if you won’t be able to execute it perfectly. Self-doubt will only lead to more excuses.
If the prospect of a new diet (or workout, or sleep schedule—whatever it is) seems daunting, don’t feel discouraged. You may find it useful to focus on self-discipline rather than self-motivation. Motivation comes and goes, but self-discipline is more dependable. Discipline is about committing to action, whether or not you feel motivated to follow through.
Self-improvement is never a one-time goal; it’s a lifelong journey. Viewed in a positive light, difficult challenges are excellent opportunities to put your best foot forward. Learn more about Willink’s winning formula for productivity and success with our Instaread on Discipline Equals Freedom.