I Hated Being Disciplined, But Then I Finally Understood It….

On the 1st August 2012 I will have been running my business for 10 years. It amazes me how quickly this has gone, but then I also respect how many things you can do in 10 years.

Its been such a roller-coaster with so many up and many downs. Eight years ago I was going to throw it all away because I had run out of money and I couldn’t service the debt.
I can look back on this and now laugh …

Then there was the time I started another company and I had to close it down because we lost over $180k in our first year. I can also look back on this with a smile …
(at the time it wasn’t so funny)

Why do we go into business when there are so many challenges to overcome?

I often sit back and ask this. For me, the main reason I went into business was for freedom and fulfillment.
And then in my 7th year of running a business I finally learnt that the ONLY way to freedom and fulfilment was through DISCIPLINE.

The statement I wrote above is so important that I need to repeat it because it’s had a profound impact on my life ever since I came to understand it.

 

THE ONLY WAY TO EXPERIENCE FREEDOM AND FULFILMENT IS THROUGH DISCIPLINE

So what does this mean?

Well – lets look at some examples.

1: Financial Success / Personal Chaos

You can experience financial freedom through making a lot of money, but if you lack discipline, then you lack freedom AND fulfilment. Think about a celebrity who is an overnight success. This person is worth millions, but lacks the discipline when it comes to drugs and alcohol and they lose control and thus feel unfulfilled (and actually experience a lack of freedom if they become dependent on the drugs)

2: Good Intentions / No Follow Through

You have all of the intentions of becoming increasingly focused with your business, but you lack the discipline to turn off interruptions (email/phone/internet) and thus this lack of discipline leads to a lack of results therefore a lack of freedom and fulfilment

3: Know The Theory / Fail To Implement

You know for a fact that exercise is more important than making money, and not only that it gives you more energy (which in turn makes brings more business success), but you lack the discipline to get up in the morning and do exercise which leads to a lack of freedom and fulfilment

THE ONLY WAY TO EXPERIENCE FREEDOM AND FULFILMENT IS THROUGH DISCIPLINE

And I used to HATE this word, but I now finally get it. And this is why the more disciplined I am the more freedom, fulfilment and happiness I experience.

And you will too.

For me, when I am disciplined with the following – everything else works out

  1. Meditation
  2. Exercise (in fact, meditation and exercise are my top 2)
  3. Great Food
  4. Keeping in contact with friends and my family
  5. Keeping a journal (clears my head)
  6. Acting on my instincts
  7. Doing a daily morning ritual to get my head in the right space
  8. Planning my week
  9. Planning my day
  10. Saying no to opportunities that are not aligned with my vision and mission
  11. No news
  12. No interruptions from email and phone
  13. 1 coffee a day
  14. Minimal TV

Watch this video below. It explains a simple process with a powerful tool that will help you to be more disciplined …


You can make your own spreadsheet, or you can get access to this in our “Flip Your Life” program.

More Information About The Flip Your Life Program

In the video, I talk about what gets measured gets done. It’s true. If you actively measure something – it will improve. I think keeping yourself accountable to small disciplines allows the big things to take care of themselves.

This really works. Try it out

We would love to hear some of the other areas you like to keep disciplined with. Please share below

And remember (I read this somewhere and I can’t remember who wrote it),

The pain of discipline weighs an ounce, the pain of regret weighs a ton

 

Andrew Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

About Andrew Roberts

Andrew is well known as one of Australia’s leading business mentors, is a Strategic Business specialist, and has been known to work his own magic with a host of companies featured in various Top 100 BRW lists. Andrew has gone from running one of the largest business coaching companies in Australia to focusing on specialists and leaders of various industries.

  • The pain of discipline weighs ounces. The pain of regret weighs tons.

    Jim Rohn

  • Thanks for this. Gosh Jim Rohn is amazing with what he shared!!!

  • Roger

    I agree with you Andrew – meditation and mindfulness combined with regular exercise would be my Top 2 aswell. Great article!

  • Couldn’t agree more, Andrew. Used to think discipline was an ugly word. Built a successful little biz fairly fast, so must have had SOME discipline, but this year will take it to the next level by making discipline a top priority. Thanks for this…just reaffirms that I’m on the right track! 😉

  • Mark

    Hi Andrew. I couldnt view the video for some reason so I didnt find out what the tool is you recommend to improve discipline. I feel a lack of discipline is largely what holds me back from most/many things in life – health, business etc. Does your “Flip Your LIfe” program go into the area of discipline? Can you recommend anything further to develop discipline eg. books, programs, personal advice?

    • Hi Mark – thanks for commenting – here is the link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxxUzcgAdBo

      yes – the flip your life program is ALL about this.

      Finding clarity is the number one way to increase discipline (ie the bigger your why, the easier it is) – and the flip program is all about this.

      Another great book is called the practicing mind – http://www.thepracticingmind.com

      Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help. Andrew

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