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How to Live a Disciplined Life

We need discipline to get things done in our lives, and to feel a sense of accomplishment. Set the standard in your own life with these tips.


  • Step 1: Train patiently and sacrifice for something you really want. Establish good habits and be an example to others.
  • Step 2: Study and emulate mentors, even competitors, to improve constantly on your habits. Harm no one and help everyone you can.
  • Step 3: Surround yourself with positive people who love and support you as you implement good habits. Take criticism you can use and accept but ignore any criticism intended to wound.
  • FACT: In 2010, Peter Colat, a Swiss free-diver, self-induced a Zen-like calm to hold his breath underwater for 19 minutes and 21 seconds, setting a world record.
  • TIP: Discipline isn’t inflexibility. It’s a sense of responsibility and purpose, in a state of calm.
  • Step 4: Define your standards for being the person you desire. Training the mind to focus on principles and resisting the temptation to stray from the path are hard disciplines that pay dividends in the end.
  • Step 5: Cultivate sound, loving, ethical, and sustaining habits, such as reading, writing, or gardening. Over the years, develop these disciplines as a consistent foundation for who you are.
  • Step 6: Review your spiritual, emotional, and relationship aspirations, as part of a beneficial daily routine.
  • TIP: To behave reliably we must know how to solve problems, and have genuine self esteem.
  • Step 7: Prepare mentally for you daily routine, setting targets based on a vision for your life. Act positively, decisively, and confidently.

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