One of the questions I get asked most is, “How do you do so much?” I’ve shared a lot about my work habits, and many things I do to be more productive. But there’s another element as well.
Having the discipline to do things even when you’re not up to it or don’t want to. Which is the difference between successful people and the ones who struggle.
Successful people make themselves do the things that lazy people put off. My motto has always been, “I will do today what others will not, so tomorrow I can do what others cannot.”
Now my tomorrow is today, and I can take the day at the beach, buy the entire new collection from Dolce and Gabbana, or spend a month drinking from a coconut. Yet I still have discipline. And want to always.
As do you.
Yes I can do anything I want. But I want to be disciplined. Because if I don’t, I get fat, lose business, destroy my health, or other undesirable outcomes. It seems ironic, but freedom comes from discipline.
That doesn’t mean you can’t be spontaneous and unpredictable. You can. But happiness and success comes from knowing the areas where discipline actually improves things. So how you doing on that?