On Self-Discipline & Regret

“The pain of self discipline hurts far less than the pain of regret.”

I love this quote and you can relate it to many things in life. How can we relate it to health and fitness?


Let’s say you want to eat a doughnut. The pain of resisting the temptation is likely going to be pretty high. But how would that compare to the regret you may feel if you ate it?

That feeling that you let yourself down. That regret of “cheating” on your diet.

Now some people may be able to accept that they had a moment of weakness and get straight back on board. But most people can’t. Most people will spend time beating themselves up and talking themselves down. They will continuing binging and tell themselves they’ll start again tomorrow.

So in that instance what is worse? The pain of self-discipline or the pain of regret?

The regret likely always wins.

Staying strong, disciplined and motivated will be hard at times. But you have to weigh it up with the alternative. Put it in perspective. Why are you doing this? What are you trying to achieve? Is the doughnut going to help or make the situation worse? That’s your decision and you have to deal with the consequences of your actions.

Your actions determine your goals. Are the things you do daily in line with what you’re trying to achieve? If not, maybe they aren’t the right goals for you.

Now this doesn’t mean you can’t occasionally eat junk food on your diet. You can. But they’ll be times you want to where you just can’t. This is where your discipline and the pain of regret comes into play.

Either way, you’re better off suffering the short term pain from self discipline than you are the long term pain of regret. The pain from self discipline gets easier. Regret doesn’t. Choose wisely.

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