We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons. – Jim Rohn
It’s true. No one escapes having one pain or the other. Which are you choosing? Discipline, or, by default, regret?
Discipline is hard. Self discipline is really hard. It takes fortitude. It takes patience and dedication. It’s also lonely. Not a lot of people out there choose discipline. Most choose regret.
Some people consider a vegan diet to require a lot of discipline. I think a raw vegan diet requires a lot of discipline. But I would much rather suffer the pain of discipline than regret when it comes to both. What about you?
The importance of that quote really lies in the last sentence, that the pain of regret weighs exponentially more than the pain of discipline. I’ve found this to be true in nearly everything I’ve felt was important enough to change about myself.
When I first went vegan, I worried about giving up some of my favorite foods. I worried (a lot) about what people would think. I worried that making different choices than nearly every person on the planet would ostracize me. I worried that vegan food wouldn’t taste good.
But I went vegan anyway. I chose discipline over regret. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.
Going raw vegan hasn’t been nearly as easy. I’ve been on and off raw vegan for the last 6 years. Yet I always seem to return to eating raw because I feel my best when eating primarily fruit and raw salads.
Making wholesale shifts in how you eat isn’t something most people will find easy. This is why over 90% of people that lose weight dieting will inevitably gain it back. Less than 5% of people who lose a substantial amount of weight will succeed in keeping it off over 2 years.
Yet, it’s interesting that while weight loss and becoming vegan is hard, is it really that much harder than not making those changes? This is where regret comes in and the notion that it weighs so heavily on us that it can feel that much heavier than discipline.
We’re all familiar with regret. Most of the time, I’m super successful and consistent with my workouts. But I’m also human and I occasionally turn off my alarm and fall back to sleep, missing whatever workout was on my schedule, from CrossFit to trail running to mountain biking.
Whatever pain I avoided in not silencing that alarm and getting up, getting dressed and completing that workout is way less than the pain I’ll feel all day long when I remember that I failed.
If you’re living a life full of regrets, sit down and think about whether it wouldn’t be better to choose discipline instead. Make the changes that are important to you, the ones causing you the most pain.