Discipline doesn’t enable you to do things. Doing things consistently makes you disciplined.

February 16, 2016 by Joshua
in Exercises, Fitness, Habits, Models, Perception, SIDCHAs, Tips

[This post is part of a series on the Self-Imposed Daily Challenging Healthy Activity (SIDCHA). If you don’t see a Table of Contents to the left, click here to view the series, where you’ll get more value than reading just this post.]

People keep getting it backward when they congratulate me on the five years of daily posts, four years of daily burpees, and other disciplined achievements.

They say, “You must have a lot of discipline to do that,” implying that before I started I had some special trait that enabled me to do what they couldn’t.

They have it backward.

No baby is born able to do multi-year projects. We all have to develop discipline like anyone else.

Doing daily exercises develops discipline just like practicing any skill develops it.

If you want discipline, do things that need discipline. You’ll flounder at first but you’ll develop it. Same with any skill.

Believing someone else has some special ability you don’t is more likely complacency.

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2 responses on “Discipline doesn’t enable you to do things. Doing things consistently makes you disciplined.

  1. This reminds me of Aristotle’s quote:
    “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”

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