What does discipline mean to you?
Many people think first of punishment, rules, restraint... control and lack of freedom.
Transported instantly back to school where discipline meant a rap on the knuckles or endless lines on the chalkboard.
But I prefer this definition, "training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character".
I've created a daily discipline around writing, walking, reading, and most recently, surfing.
And over time I've discovered a simple wisdom:
In discipline lies freedom.
At first glance this doesn't make much sense. Surely discipline is the opposite of freedom... isn't freedom doing whatever you want whenever you want?
Maybe in the short term.
Choosing to watch TV instead of going for a walk sure feels like freedom at the time.
Watching someone do their shopping live on Periscope seems more like freedom than sitting down to write a salesletter.
Playing Minecraft rather than reading a book on selling looks more like freedom to the outside observer.
But in the long term this will catch up with you.
You sacrifice real freedom tomorrow for the appearance of freedom now.
These daily disciplines are often activities we want to do -- things that will make us healthier, wealthier, or wiser -- but face resistance on.
It's raining outside, you can go for a walk tomorrow.
You've had a hard day, relax and finish the level.
You deserve it.
Perhaps it's the ego protecting us from failure. Maybe you just don't want it enough. Or it could simply be a bad habit you've picked up.
Whatever the cause, this resistance will slowly chip away at your dreams until you wake up one day and wonder where your life went.
But when you stare down the barrel of resistance and commit to overcoming it -- something you do day in, day out, until it becomes a part of your character -- it develops great power in you.
Why? Because you start gaining control of your mind. You're no longer a slave to your emotions. You're telling your subconscious who is in charge. No matter what, you're going to do what you set out to do.
Soon enough this power begins to affect other areas of your life.
A daily discipline of walking for 30 mins -- rain, hail, or shine -- builds a character that is more likely to develop good work habits... more likely to eat healthy... more likely to do what is necessary to achieve their goals.
Your self-discipline muscle gets stronger, your self-image improves, and you become the type of person who gets the results you want to get.
THIS is where freedom is found.
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