“It’s impossible to get where you want to be without discipline.” – Dave Draper
We all hate the word discipline. It brings up harsh pictures of snapping belts, rulers, and paddles. That is not the kind of discipline Dave is talking about.
The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:27 “But I discipline my body and keep it under control.” This applies to many areas of life. Most of us think of it as punishment, but it is also an “orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior” according to Mr. Webster.
Weight loss is one of those areas that require discipline. There will be no progress without it. Dave Draper goes so far as to say it is impossible to make progress without it. Impossible kind of shuts off any hope. There is a prescribed conduct necessary to make progress. It involves eating and exercising in a systematic and disciplined manner.
Even though I know it is my responsibility to make discipline a priority, it is never easy. There are rules to dieting whether we like it or not. You can’t just gorge yourself every meal and expect to lose weight. It requires discipline to stick to the prescribed method of diet that will lead to weight loss rather than weight gain.
Our body does not like discipline. Discipline requires us to follow certain rules. From Adam on, man hasn’t been too faithful in following rules. We must exercise self-control, when it’s self who is the problem.
Some people seem more disciplined than others are. Athletes competing at the highest levels are highly disciplined. Olympic athletes, for example, spend years diligently working on their sport.
What if dieters would exercise that kind of discipline to reach their goals? Maybe we should create the Olympics of dieting, at least in our minds. Or maybe we should just use a little discipline in our choices. We fail in our weight loss efforts because of a lack of discipline.