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  • Self-discipline and willpower are two of the greatest secrets in unlocking your full potential.

  • In this day and age, it is becoming more and more difficult to maintain self-discipline.

  • I'll show you the importance of self-discipline and how to cultivate it.

  • Stay tuned!

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  • J from MedSchoolInsiders.com.

  • Let's first go over why self-discipline and willpower are so important.

  • Have you ever been tempted to do something for which you later feel guilty about?

  • Moments like these are usually due to a lapse in judgment or a lack of discipline.

  • Here's the key; with strong self discipline and willpower, you can do what you need to

  • do in each moment without temptation or laziness getting in the way.

  • Self-discipline lets us grind it out with studying or work even when we don't feel

  • like it.

  • It lets us say no to extra dessert.

  • It lets us maintain a consistent exercise schedule and achieve our fitness goals.

  • In short, it empowers us live our lives the way we ideally want to.

  • This translates to stronger grades in school, more energy, improved moods, and looking and

  • feeling better.

  • There are a few theories on how discipline and willpower actually work.

  • The most prominent is the Ego Depletion Model of Self-Control.

  • This states that the brain is like a muscle, with a limited supply of strength that can

  • be depleted.

  • No one is disciplined 100% of the timewe all have lapses.

  • These lapses occur when our discipline muscle is fatigued.

  • Various studies have demonstrated that certain types of mental exertion can compromise subsequent

  • acts of discipline.

  • The studies generally go like this: There are two groups of subjects.

  • One group does an activity or exercise that requires high self-control.

  • The other group does an activity requiring very little discipline.

  • Both groups are then subjected to a separate self-control challenge.

  • The group that performed the demanding challenge first later performs poorly and conversely,

  • the group that did not exhaust their willpower reserves demonstrate better self-discipline.

  • So, what does this all exactly mean?

  • For us mere mortals, it says that we do not have infinite reserves of self-discipline

  • and will-power.

  • So while it is important to cultivate and develop your self-discipline, understand that

  • there is also a proper way to harness it.

  • More on that shortly.

  • Now without discipline, you are letting your life be controlled by your emotions.

  • Which is essentially like letting your life be controlled by someone else.

  • There are two ways of approaching a task.

  • You can say “I will wait until I feel like it, and then I will do itor you can say

  • “I will do it, and then I will begin to feel like it”.

  • Which method do you think is more likely to actually get things done?

  • There are three simple steps to cultivate and develop your self-discipline.

  • First, Start Small.

  • There are many grand ideas and lofty goals that we each have.

  • The key to working towards them is to start small.

  • For example, if your goal is lose weight, do not start by saying you want to lose 1

  • pound of fat per week.

  • Jumping in with ambitious and lofty goals is only setting yourself up for failure.

  • Start smaller than that.

  • First eliminate sugary drinks and only drink water with meals.

  • Once you have mastered that, eliminate the habit of eating dessert after dinner every

  • night, maybe substitute a serving of fruit instead.

  • And so on and so forth.

  • By starting out with smaller steps and celebrating these small victories, you build momentum

  • and confidence to continue moving forward.

  • Next, Practice Daily.

  • By starting small, you should have no problem practicing your discipline daily.

  • In doing so, you are building good habits.

  • And we are, after all, creatures of habit.

  • No excuses.

  • Make it happen.

  • The third year of medical school in the United States is considered the most demanding year.

  • On many rotations, you go in before sunrise and get out after sunset.

  • As a result, certain habits and priorities are harder to maintain.

  • On days where I got out early and had the luxury of asking myself whether or not I wanted

  • to go to the gym, I forced myself to go.

  • I decided that a tired workout is better than no workout.

  • And if I had the luxury of asking myself whether or not to go, that meant I already had my

  • answer.

  • On many days I got out too late and there was no question that I could no go to the

  • gym.

  • Therefore it was paramount to capitalize on any opportunity, regardless of how tired I

  • was to the gym when possible.

  • Lifting was a great form of stress relief, and it left me happier and healthier as a

  • result.

  • Last tip is to Ramp Up.

  • After you have mastered the smaller tasks and built your confidence in your own self-discipline,

  • it's time to slowly ramp it up.

  • Going back to the weight loss example: let's say you started walking daily for 20 minutes.

  • Ramp it up to 30 minutes, then 40.

  • At a certain point, start jogging or cycling or doing HIIT intervals.

  • Keep challenging yourself incrementally.

  • You don't go from walking 20 minutes to running a marathon.

  • But you can certainly get there in a step wise manner if you work at it.

  • Quick disclaimer: this is just an exampleobviously figure out what works best for

  • you and speak to a professional before doing starting any rigorous physical activity.

  • Now, some other tips and common misconceptions: first make it easier on your future self.

  • As I said earlier your willpower reserves are limited, therefore make it easier on your

  • future self by planning ahead and putting yourself in situations that make it easier

  • to achieve your goals or stick to your habits.

  • It's easy to avoid junk food and drink only water when you're not starving or dehydrated.

  • The times you are most likely to fail are when you do not have healthy alternatives

  • and you are left with the choice of either eating junk food or being really hungry.

  • Similarly, if you do not buy ice cream or candy and keep it in the house, it will be

  • much easier for you to refrain from eating sweets when you get the late night munchies.

  • 2.

  • Build the Appropriate Systems.

  • At the end of the day, we are human and our emotions and impulses hold great weight in

  • our behaviors.

  • Therefore, incentivize yourself with Rewards and discourage undesirable behavior with Consequences.

  • I personally love dark chocolate and I would reward myself for going to the gym by having

  • a bit of dark chocolate post workout.

  • I know others who use apps or services that charge them money if they miss a workout or

  • fail to wake up by a certain time.

  • These systems will vary by person, so figure out what works best for you.

  • And last, The Misconception of Doing What You Love.

  • One of the most misunderstood concepts I hear over and over again is to do what you love.

  • We have all heard the quote by Marc AnthonyIf you do what you love, you'll never

  • work a day in your life”.

  • There is great merit in this quote, but no matter what you dothere will be things

  • you enjoy and things you do not.

  • People often get turned off by the parts they don't enjoy and give up on the whole idea.

  • They key is to grow to love the process.

  • I love reconstructive plastic surgery.

  • I love education and empowering students through these YouTube videos.

  • I love healthcare innovation.

  • I love sports cars and racing my car at the track.

  • But each of these pursuits also has drawbacksparts that I do not love, and that's

  • where discipline comes into play.

  • With discipline, I have been able to stick with the premed years in college, 4 years

  • of medical school, and now residency.

  • I have endured the tough times, the less fun times, and that has allowed me to grow to

  • love the process the further I move along.

  • Being exhausted and memorizing biochemical pathways on a Friday night is not my idea

  • of fun, but the sense of accomplishment, learning vast amounts of information, applying that

  • knowledge, helping patients, and seeing myself improve is immensely rewarding.

  • Sure there are things I would change about medical education in the U.S. (and healthcare

  • as a whole), but I have grown to love the process that I am in.

  • So how can you grow to love YOUR process?

  • This idea deserves a video on its own, but in short, appreciate the craftsmanship of

  • your work.

  • Focus on developing skills and mastery, and you will be rewarded.

  • Autonomy, creativity, impact, and recognition add value to one's pursuits.

  • But you aren't entitled to this, you have to earn it.

  • Now, one of my friends is currently in her intern year, which is the first year of residency

  • after you graduate medical school.

  • She has set a goal to always take the stairs over the elevator.

  • On some days, she has climbed more than 100 flights of stairs!

  • That isn't only great for cultivating self-discipline, but it's great exercise that helps maintain

  • and improve her physical fitness as well as improve her mood and energy levels.

  • Let us know in the comments below how you practice discipline daily.

  • If you don't feel very self-disciplined now, identify one habit you will begin today

  • and let us know what that is in the comments below.

  • Thank you all so much for watching.

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