The Power of Daily Discipline | Mindset Matters


Discipline. A dirty word to some, and a trusted ally to others. How can daily discipline help forge success in your health and fitness endeavors? Find out on this edition of Mindset Matters.

Recently I picked up the second book by Jocko Willink, entitled “Discipline Equals Freedom, field manual”. If you’ve never read or listened to Jocko, you’ll know that the theme of discipline is nothing new for him. He’s been talking on this subject for some time, and it seems to be a topic we always need a reminder of. I intend on doing a complete review of this awesome book at some point in the near future. But until then, I wanted to extract a very important Mindset Matters topic.

Almost every aspect of society is built on being relaxed. Around the lack of self-discipline. Yet everyone wonders why they cannot achieve the rewards of living a disciplined life, by living an undisciplined one.

“Every great man has become great, every successful man has succeeded, in proportion as he has confined his powers to one particular channel.” ~ Orison Swett Marden

What is Discipline?

Merriam-Webster defines discipline as:

acontrol gained by enforcing obedience or order
borderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior
Just by looking at the Webster’s definition, it’s pretty clear to see that this is a lost art in the society around us. Everything about modern life encourages disobedience and disorder, never following a schedule or pattern, and relinquishing all self-control to desires, shortcuts, and modern ease.

3 Steps to adding Daily Discipline

1) Start small

The biggest cause of failure in implementing self-discipline is trying to change too much, too fast. When you hear about someone wanting to lose weight, for example, they always want to change 100 different things in an attempt to achieve success.

In reality, it would be much more effective to change one, perhaps two things for the next year. Instead, attempting to change 100 things, results in feeling overwhelmed, getting behind, and eventually giving up due to discouragement.

2) Define the goal

Since we’re already starting small, it’s important to set a precise, well-defined goal to follow.

“Goals are as essential to success as air is to life” ~ David J Schwartz

Defining the goal is at its very core, a defining element of discipline. Aiming  will catch any number of end results, but only when we aim directly

3) No excuses. Make it a daily habit.

The key to daily discipline is to never let up. Don’t give in to the mental excuses as to why departing from the planned task seems justified.

Excuses are the enemy. There’s any number of reasons to put off ’till tomorrow what should be done today. We all know it. Now it’s time to face reality. We’ll make excuses until the day we die. Making excuses is absolutely fine. It’s whether or not we listen to them that matters most.

When we listen to the excuses we are allowing ourselves to settle for a lower standard. That lower standard is not our standard. The one we set for ourselves, to reach the goal. As Jocko points out in his book, “You have to BE VIGILANT. You have to be ON GUARD. You have to HOLD THE LINE on the seemingly insignificant little things – things that shouldn’t matter – but that do.


Start small.

Define your goal.

And refuse to settle for anything less from yourself.

Get after it and hold the line.

Embrace the power of daily discipline.

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Laskey Hart

Editor at, CF-L1 Trainer | Since day one in the gym, Laskey has been trying to beat the laws of physics. At 6' 5", it may come as a surprise that Fran is in fact NOT his favorite workout, and burpees are NOT his favorite movement. It does, however, mean that every day is a new day to prove people who say "CrossFit isn't for tall people" -- wrong.

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