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My discipline hack

My discipline hack
By Chris Pick • Issue #14 • View online

It is no secret that I am a fan of discipline.
To me, discipline is the best and most reliable way to get results.
I believe it to be what separates the average from the elite.
But I am here to set a record straight.
Some believe that discipline requires becoming a robot without human feeling.
This is because it is often discussed in a certain light.
Maybe you know what I am talking about.
It’s the “I don’t care what is happening or how you feel, you need to do what needs done, no matter what.” type of discussion.
Now, there is a time and place for this talk and there is good reason for this narrative. It makes a point - discipline takes work; it requires strength and focus. It’s not always easy, it’s not always sexy, but it’s effective.
And some people just need to toughen up.
There will be times where you will need to flex your willpower and push through adversity to get done what needs done.
But disciplined action is not always an intense display of willpower.
More often than not, the most disciplined people test their willpower the least.
Discipline is about setting yourself up for success more than it is about overcoming intense challenge. Make the right things easy (or the wrong things harder) and you are more (or less) likely to do them.
For example: if you want to eat better, buy more nutritious food at the grocery store and skip the potato chips. This is an example of doing something today that will make disciplined action easier tomorrow.
With a little forethought and planning, you can make disciplined action just another part of your day.
Some other ideas that you can implement to bring more disciplined action to your day are:
  1. Planning out your day the night before.
  2. Creating routines that minimize decisions.
  3. Making routine things easily repeatable.
  4. Minimizing distractions to increase task focus.
  5. Simplifying good choices.
These simple tasks go a long way in increasing your level of discipline without requiring bulletproof willpower.
When you have the right tools and systems in place, you will use them. They will make discipline easier to implement.
A majority of disciplined action is the result of setting yourself up for success before you face challenges.
The less you test your willpower, the more disciplined action you will take.
While willpower and the take no prisoners attitude will always be an asset, they are not the one and only way to be more disciplined.
Being switched on all day is exhausting.
Talk soon.
Yours in strength,
-Chris
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