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  1. 1. This week Ill be blogging a series on self-discipline. New pos appear every day Mon-Fri. Ive also added a new self-disc
  2. 2. Ive already written about 20 pages on self-discipline for myincluding what it is and how to develop it. Ill share some of series, focusing on what I call the five pillars of self-d
  3. 3. The Five Pillars of Self-Discipline
  4. 4. The five pillars of self-discipline are: Acceptance, WillpWork, Industry, and Persistence. If you take the first letter of the acronym "A WHIP" - a convenient way to remember th people associate self-discipline with whipping themselv
  5. 5. Each day of the series, Ill explore one of these pillars, exp important and how to develop it. But first a general o
  6. 6. What Is Self-Discipline?
  7. 7. Self-discipline is the ability to get yourself to take action re emotional state.
  8. 8. Imagine what you could accomplish if you could simply getthrough on your best intentions no matter what. Picture you body, "Youre overweight. Lose 20 pounds." Without selfintention wont become manifest. But with sufficient self-dis deal. The pinnacle of self-discipline is when you reach the po make a conscious decision, its virtually guaranteed youll fol
  9. 9. Self-discipline is one of many personal development tools avcourse it is not a panacea. Nevertheless, the problems which solve are important, and while there are other ways to problems, self-discipline absolutely shreds them. Self-discip you to overcome any addiction or lose any amount of weighprocrastination, disorder, and ignorance. Within the domain solve, self-discipline is simply unmatched. Moreover, it bec teammate when combined with other tools like passion, g planning.
  10. 10. Building Self-Discipline
  11. 11. My philosophy of how to build self-discipline is best explainSelf-discipline is like a muscle. The more you train it, the stro The less you train it, the weaker you becom
  12. 12. Just as everyone has different muscular strength, we all poss of self-discipline. Everyone has some - if you can hold you seconds, you have some self-discipline. But not everyone ha discipline to the same degree.
  13. 13. Just as it takes muscle to build muscle, it takes self-discipli discipline.
  14. 14. The way to build self-discipline is analogous to using progress to build muscle. This means lifting weights that are close to that when you weight train, you lift weights that are within You push your muscles until they fail, and then yo
  15. 15. Similarly, the basic method to build self-discipline is to tack you can successfully accomplish but which are near your li mean trying something and failing at it every day, nor does within your comfort zone. You will gain no strength trying toyou cannot budge, nor will you gain strength lifting weights thyou. You must start with weights/challenges that are within y to lift but which are near your limit.
  16. 16. Progressive training means that once you succeed, you increa you keep working out with the same weights, you wont g Similarly, if you fail to challenge yourself in life, you wont ga discipline.
  17. 17. Just as most people have very weak muscles compared tocould become with training, most people are very weak in t discipline.
  18. 18. Its a mistake to try to push yourself too hard when tryindiscipline. If you try to transform your entire life overnight b new goals for yourself and expecting yourself to follow thro starting the very next day, youre almost certain to fail. Thi going to the gym for the first time ever and packing 300 pou press. You will only look silly.
  19. 19. If you can only lift 10 lbs, you can only lift 10 lbs. Theres no where you are. I recall when I began working with a personyears ago, on my first attempt at doing a barbell shoulder prea 7-lb bar with no weight on it. My shoulders were very weak trained them. But within a few months I was up to
  20. 20. Similarly, if youre very undisciplined right now, you can stidiscipline you have to build more. The more disciplined you blife gets. Challenges that were once impossible for you will ev childs play. As you get stronger, the same weights will seem
  21. 21. Dont compare yourself to other people. It wont help. Youllexpect to find. If you think youre weak, everyone else will se think youre strong, everyone else will seem weaker. Theres this. Simply look at where you are now, and aim to get be forward.
  22. 22. Lets consider an example.
  23. 23. Suppose you want to develop the ability to do 8 solid hourssince you know it will make a real difference in your career. I audio program this morning that quoted a study saying th worker spends 37% of their time in idle socializing, not to m that chew up more than 50% of work time with unproduct theres plenty of room for improvement.
  24. 24. Perhaps you try to work a solid 8-hour day without su distractions, and you can only do it once. The next day youOK. You did one rep of 8 hours. Two is too much for you. So c duration would allow you to successfully do 5 reps (i.e. a whyou work with concentration for one hour a day, five days in do that, cut back to 30 minutes or whatever you can do. If y you feel that would be too easy), then increase the chal resistance).
  25. 25. Once youve mastered a week at one level, take it up a notc And continue with this progressive training until youve rea
  26. 26. While analogies like this are never perfect, Ive gotten a lot this one. By raising the bar just a little each week, you st capabilities and grow stronger over time. But when doing wactual work you do doesnt mean anything. Theres no intrins a weight up and down - the benefit comes from the mu However, when building self-discipline, you also get the be youve done along the way, so thats even better. Its great w produces something of value AND makes you str
  27. 27. Throughout this week well dive more deeply into the five discipline. If you have any questions on the subject of self-specific or general) that youd like to see addressed, feel fre comments, and I do my best to incorporate them alon
  28. 28. This post is part one of a six-part series on self-discipline: par | part 4 | part 5 | part 6
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