09.23.22 - Busy VS Discipline
I require a LOT of “maintenance.”
I write daily, read daily, loosely meditate 4 times a week, plenty of exercise, end of day and early morning rituals, etc etc.
These are all “loose” routines.
When I first started my routines, they were iron clad. I felt that I could not afford to NOT do them. But as I grew, I realized these routines were for me.
I invented them to serve me.
I didn’t invent them to “have to” serve them.
I’ve never met or studied someone worthy of study who didn’t have a loose “outline” or routine for various areas of their lives.
However — I’ve found that the mind will in most cases, constantly fight the idea of ritual, routine, or adherence UNTIL it becomes habit.
Once it’s habit, the mind and body LOVE to adhere. Before the habit is formed, it is a game of self discipline.
The most chaotic seasons of my life have been the seasons where I’m enforcing NEW habits / rituals and my mind simply does not want to do them.
It goes like this:
You decide to level up a certain area
Excitedly, you create new environments/circumstances/schedules/plans etc to achieve in that area
Three days in all hell breaks loose
Your mind goes, “See I don’t have time for this.” Your body goes “No I don’t want to wake up this early.”
Then a month later, the cycle continues at step 1.
Here’s why this is important: NONE OF THE CHAOS IS REAL.
It just “feels” real — because your system is trying to undo the commitment and revert back to comfortable.
I’ve found that if I can make it about a month, things settle down and I feel less chaotic.
To the outside world, nothing’s really changed. It was all the field of the mind… felt real to ME, but majority of it manufactured.
This is why your environment plays a big role.
When you rock up and start rolling with people who are at your level or just beyond it, mirror neurons kick in and it’s harder for the facade of busy / chaos to hurt you.
Discipline is our ability to commit to a FUTURE state or target, MORE than we are committing to current comfort / familiarity.
Let’s win the day.
P.S. The OCTOBER issue of my marketing “Memo” is about to drop in the mail for you…
Here’s what’s included:
✅ How to prove that you’re a bada$$ (when you need it most)
✅ Why do some people get what they want and others don’t? Life decides but it looks for signals. There’s one signal to rule them all – nail this and you get it all.
✅ Scaling a business is about taking more clients, right? No. Not at all – actually that might be a recipe for killing your business. (aka here’s why I don’t take many clients anymore)
✅ Breakdown of the toughest entrepreneurial journey in history (how he made it, the choices he made, why it was so hard & why YOU are in a much better position even if you don't feel like it)
✅ How to hack into your psychology to MAINTAIN and sustain drive (hint: this has nothing to do with productivity, although productivity is something of passion project for me – more on that in this issue)
✅ Problem solving at its finest: what do you do when decisions have to be made FAST and the consequences are “life or death?” An interesting insight for you…
✅ Why scale is silly (but if you MUST grow at breakneck pace, here’s how to do it with health and durability)
✅ Three ingredients that make growing a business enjoyable. Inside of each ingredient, there are “rules.” I take you into the rules in this issue.
✅ What you can learn from someone who LOST $280M and came back even bigger & better (the lessons from this are magical; included in this issue is a 2 hour recording and bullet point lessons from the audio for quick skimming)
This thing gets better and better...
Can't wait to hear your takeaways.