Crash Course in Discipline

Here are the key ideas I’m using to make myself be more disciplined. I’m totally stealing borrowing ideas from Joe Rogan, Jocko Willinck, Mark Queppett (Universal Man), Jordan Peterson and Meredith Hooke

Choose your pain

You have to choose – the pain of discipline of the pain of regret?


You never regret a workout. You only regret NOT working out.

Discipline equals freedom. Get the discipline out of the way, then you can do whatever you want.

The 3 Pillars

Imagine 3 mental pillars:

  1. What you love.
  2. What you hate.
  3. What you’re indifferent to.

To be disciplined, you need to:

  1. Love what you’re becoming (e.g. a fit and healthy person who eats well, with tonnes of energy and motivation).
  2. Hate what you used to be or what you would become if you carried on the way you were going (e.g. fat, unhealthy, depressed, low energy).
  3. Become indifferent to the cost of reaching your goal (e.g. the time & effort required for daily workouts, the discomfort of declining unhealthy food.) These costs no longer matter to you.

For Eating Healthily

Decide which is more important to you:

  • Temporary mouth pleasure
  • Your long-term health

Slacking Off

Nobody wants to work out. But you make yourself do it. That’s discipline. And you’ll be glad you did it.

You never stand still. If you think you’re standing still, in reality you’re going backwards. And things can always get worse. When they start to get worse, they can get very bad very quickly. So keep putting in effort, it’s worth it.

Don’t wait for the motivation to do things. Do them no matter how you feel. That’s what discipline is.

Slipping Up

Every time you slip up, it’s because you gave yourself permission to slip up.

It doesn’t matter how many times you fall down, it matters that you keep getting back up. Never quit.

Work on a principle of 2 steps forward and 1 step back. Allow yourself to make mistakes. Be kind to yourself. Just don’t give up.

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