Beyond Discipline

Discipline is doing something you do not necessarily want to do to achieve a result you really want to get.” – Andy Andrews

To achieve any desired result requires an action. Most people are motivated by avoiding something or moving toward something. “What would you pursue more vigorously? Saving money at regular intervals to save up $10,000 or defend against someone trying to steal your $10,000?

Avoiding pain is a stronger influence than pursuing pleasure. The pain of losing $10,000 is greater for most people then the pain of disciplining ourselves to save monthly. We see this all too often in our society. We want it now. Microwavable, instant, fast, immediate, no waiting, rushed, overnight, all permeate our culture to achieve immediate pleasure. The problem is this satisfaction is fleeting and then we want more and we want it faster until there is nothing that can satisfy us.

In this manner there is immediate gratification but little lasting satisfaction unless you understand discipline. Being committed and consistent to put in the work ahead of time to achieve a result you really want is not only gratifying but highly satisfying.

“Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.” – Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune

Take the person who is inspired to run a marathon, 26.2 miles. To be successful do they “try” to run 26.2 miles or “train” to run 26.2 miles? They could try but the chances of success are dim and they might even hurt themselves. They might be considered delusional that they could do such a thing. However the person who trains and disciplines themselves finds that pleasure is derived during the training and after completing the event.

The search for true and lasting happiness, joy, satisfaction and peace lies beyond the discipline. It must be earned. Most people shy away from discipline because it is hard and not immediately gratifying so they never experience true happiness. They are looking for the shortcut and it does not exist

In regards to living a healthy life by being disciplined you are rewarded twice. During the journey of self discipline, the mastery of one-self creates a satisfaction that is lasting. The satisfaction and gratification continues beyond the discipline into the future. We are all guaranteed two pains in life, the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. One weighs ounces, the other tons.

To live a healthy life you must have discipline in four basic areas: Exercise, Nutrition, Rest and maintaining a healthy spine and nervous system. These are non-negotiable and are the foundation of health.

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