The sound of your alarm goes off.
Although this appears as a very simple yes or no answer, get up or stay in bed, it is much more important than we give it credit.
You see, should you decide to remain in slumber underneath your warm covers, you are saying you’d rather sleep than get whatever it is you would do with extra hours in the day.
However, should you decide to spring out of your welcoming bed and attack the day with vigor, you are setting a foundation for the rest of your day.
By choosing to wake up at the time you’ve set for yourself, hopefully a time that is early and challenging for you, then your first decision for the day is a win. Essentially, by making that first decision a victory for yourself, you’re preparing the rest of your day to reflect the same.
And, as I’ve written on many times before, a solid foundation is an essential part to every endeavor you plan to uphold. Many people do not have a strong foundation and thus, when the wind and the waves of life come, they are unable to weather the storm.
So, this brings me to my point of discipline ultimately equating to freedom. Discipline = Freedom.
Because you decide to discipline yourself, others will not have to. This gives you the freedom to make choices that you want to choose versus being forced to choose them.
Discipline yourself and others won’t need to – John Wooden
For more discussion on this topic, check out Tim Ferriss podcast with Navy Seal Jocko Willink.
– Cooper Mitchell