Surviving The Holidays – Part 3: 4 Steps to Building Self-Discipline

Why a picture of Van Damme doing a split on train tracks? A better question is why not? As this series comes to an end it’s time to give you the tools to develop willpower and put it into practice. This is going to be short and sweet. Less talking. More doing.

4 Steps to Building Self-Discipline:

1. Plan and prepare.
Decide in advance what the outcome is going to be. Know when the parties are and if there will be reasonable food options. If there will not be, eat a full meal prior to the party and go easy on the alcohol.

2. Practice saying “No, thank you.”
If that doesn’t work add, “I have diarrhea” to the end of your “No, Thank you.” Diarrhea shuts it down every time.

3. Act with intention.
Make a commitment to yourself and follow through on your commitment.

4. Evaluate the results.
Step back and look at the big picture. What did you do right? What did you do wrong? What could you have done better? What will you do differently next time?

Now that you have the tools to survive the holidays, put it into practice. You’ve identified your danger zones. You know how to deal with the onslaught of holiday parties, and now you have 4-step approach to building the self-discipline you’ll need to make better decisions down the road. Tomorrow someone is going to offer you something that you probably shouldn’t have . Say, “No, thank you.” If they persist, tell them you have diarrhea.


One response to “Surviving The Holidays – Part 3: 4 Steps to Building Self-Discipline

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