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How Much Discipline Do You Have In Your Life?

I was finishing up the audio book “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink earlier this week, and he had a chapter dedicated to discipline. Obviously as a Navy Seal, you know he had a lot of discipline. It was interesting to hear him talk though, about how there were Seals that had more discipline than others, and how that drastically affected their success.

Those with more discipline, typically moved their way up the ranks faster and higher. One area of discipline he spoke about was waking up early. I posted last week about morning routines. Jocko is a strong follower of morning routines. If you follow him on Instagram, you will see his daily posts with pictures of his watch showing any time from 3:00am to 4:45am at the latest.

This made me look at my own disciplines and disciplines of those around me. I am typically a good morning person. Right now, I am exercising 4-6 days a week. This is more of a recent discipline, but still its amazing how much better I feel following a daily routine/discipline. I also listen to a podcast or audiobook on my way to work nearly every day.

Discipline doesn’t necessarily mean you have to do something you don’t enjoy just because. You are most likely disciplined right now day to shower in the morning and brush your teeth (hopefully). What about making your bed or reading in the morning? These are two simple things, that if you aren’t currently doing, you could add to your morning routine as a discipline.

To me, discipline is creating repeatable wins in the morning to start your day. Making your bed every morning may be a new win that you can do daily. Meditation, reading or exercise could also become a daily discipline. If morning isn’t for you, figure out something in the afternoon that works good for you. Whatever it is, find something that is a win, but still stretches your comfort zone a little bit.

What type of person could you become if you added a few new disciplines to your life? Start with something small, and continually work your way up to something that could transform you into the person you want to be.

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