There is no easy way, there is only discipline. This is at the core of the second book from Jocko willink (author of Extreme Ownership). Discipline Equals Freedom is an uncompromising journey to understand what discipline is, why you need it and how to instil it in your life.
There are many ways people try to improve their lot in life. These range from learning new skills, reading, taking courses, mentorships, meditation to taking physical control by lifting weights, running, yoga, healthy eating and a whole plethora of other activities. While these are all admirable and should be pursued, without one vital ingredient, it will all be for naught. That ingredient is discipline.
Without discipline, life can wander unguided with no purpose. Without it you will never achieve any of your goals. Discipline is the glue that holds it all together, the guiding light when all seems lost.
What is discipline?
Discipline is a mindset which you can implement to achieve freedom in many aspects of your life. If you struggle with money, time, happiness, health, then discipline is your best ally. Discipline means to always do what you know you should, every time you should, even when you don’t want to. If you can do that, then you will probably achieve your goal and your freedom.
“There is only hard work, late nights, early mornings, practice, rehearsal, repetition, study, sweat, blood, toil, frustration, and discipline.” Jocko Willink
How can I instil discipline in my life?
Do the thing. Do the thing that you have to do to achieve what you want in life. If that is to get in great shape, get up and get to the physical activity you need to do. If it’s to learn a new skill, get up and learn everything you can about that subject from all different angles. Want to save more money? Save money regularly. The more you flex your discipline muscle, the stronger it will get. If you can convince your mind to do the thing, even when you don’t want to, you are disciplined.
“This is where it begins. In the darkness. Before the sun and the birds and the world. Every day. When the alarm sounds. IT IS TIME.” Jocko Willink
Jocko is famous for the ungodly hour he wakes every day. 4.30am. Every day. No exceptions. In fact he posts a photo of his watch every morning. Getting up at this time may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, but it is the start of discipline. If you can force yourself to get up, despite the cold, the dark and the thought of leaving the comfort of your bed, you’re well on your way to a disciplined life.
Discipline has been a constant struggle in my life. It’s something that I’ve clawed and scraped my way to a minute level of accomplishment in. Daily disciplines I believe are the key to achievement and happiness in all areas of your life.
If we can decide on what we want, figure out the actions we should take to achieve that something, believe we can achieve it and be disciplined enough to follow through on the actions on a daily basis, we are well on our way to a happy and fulfilling life. Do the thing.