Discipline is…

Discipline is

Discipline is…

Creating. Doing. Acting.

Every single day.

  • Even when you don’t feel like it.
  • Even when you forget why you’re doing it.
  • Even when you don’t think it matters.

Discipline is imposing your will on today. Over and over again. Refusing to be overcome by whatever is staring back at you.

Because someday.

Someday is too late.

Have some discipline. Do something today.

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  1. Kurt Swann says


    Good reminder! And sometimes when I don’t “feel like it”, just getting started creates a little momentum and I end up doing more than I originally thought I could.


  2. says

    Just so I feel like I’m still working on my list, I break it down into yearly goals, then quarterly goals, and then still do updates every few weeks. That way, even something as simple as watching a movie can make me feel like I’m accomplishing something (as long as its a movie on my list!)

  3. Dawn Heckman says

    Hey, remember this morning when you wanted to cancel running because it was too cold? Glad I could teach you a few things about discipline :) And I don’t even get a shout-out . . .

      • says

        One of my favorites is “It’s never too late to start, but the best time was yesterday.”

        I like how you said it above – Imposing your will on today. Whether you like it or not, feel like doing it or not, whatever it might be – form the habit and you stride leaps and bounds ahead of others who aren’t willing to pick up the pace and have some self-discipline.

  4. says

    Good one Joel– discipline is essential to make sure we don’t have too many regrets.

    Discipline or self discipline is missing in a lot of today’s young people so it’s always good to be reminded of it.

    We need to put the effort in to enjoy the rewards that follow.

  5. says

    I always thought of discipline as Mickey Goldmill, Rockey’s trainer—a hard-as-nails veteran of the craft chomping on a cigar and loving me by kicking my ass. Inspiration was this girl Kristen that I fell in love with the summer before my sophomore year of college. Gosh, I wanted her, but if I had waited for her to come around, I would have been waiting forever. Writing or any other creative endeavor needs the gut-busting workouts with Mickey. No one ever won a Pulitzer or Nobel prize by waiting to feel inspired.

    Thanks for the reminder, Joel.

  6. says

    I know from experience that once I get the workout clothes on, I’m more likely to do it. The rule is to go for ten minutes, and if I want to stop then, I can. But I never do. Same thing goes for work. All it takes is getting started, then things build.

    Excellent post, Joel. Thanks!

  7. says

    “Someday is too late.”

    Couldn’t agree more. Without discipline we might be inclined to push things off to another day until we can no longer do them (e.g., 100 push ups at the age of 60). Haha.

    I’m trying to stay disciplined with planning a Kilmanjaro hiking trip and it seems like so much detail but it will be so worth it.

  8. says

    I can think of at least 10 of my friends who should read this post, Joel.

    Entrepreneurship isn’t for the faint of heart. Discipline is a must.

    Thanks for the post man,

  9. says

    Discipline is everything. It’s also every day; I agree. The hardest part is making productivity a part of your routine. Once it becomes a habit then you feel compelled to stay on task. You feel guilty if you don’t do what you are/were supposed to be doing.

    Turning daily to-do into a habit takes several uninterrupted weeks of designing a new routine. If you can get over the hump; then momentum will carry you the rest of the way.

    • says

      I’m not sure discipline is about “feeling guilty” about not doing what you’re supposed to. I think discipline is learning to create a routine, even when you don’t feel like it but it’s difficult, but hopefully it’s not about “guilting” you into doing something you really don’t want to.

      • Jon says

        Right. It came across negatively but perhaps “guilt” can be reworded as “feeling drawn to..” or “compelled to..” I certainly wouldn’t encourage people to grind away at something that they don’t want or like to do. They’ll simply burn out and be miserable. Thanks for pointing this out, Joel.


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