As military veterans with a combined 125 years of Special Operations experience, we’re intimately familiar with the concept of discipline and personal discipline. Of course, the rigid structure and prompt obedience that the discipline in the military demands isn’t for everyone, but personal discipline is something that everyone should put into practice in their lives. In our experience, personal discipline is crucial to bettering yourself and achieving sustained success, however you define it.
While achieving success may happen by accident, sustaining that success doesn’t. More often than not, sustained success in one’s life is the result of personal discipline. This doesn’t just mean making your bed every morning like your mom would tell you to or only spending so much time on your phone during the day – there are mental and physical aspects to personal discipline one must consider.
Your physical wellbeing is connected to everything, so to develop effective mental discipline, you need the physical aspect as well. This is why all of our corporate team building exercises have physical components, but physical discipline is not just reserved to exercise and fitness. What you’re eating also factors into physical discipline, and you’ve got to find what works best for you and what fuels your body the best. While what works for someone else may not work for you, we recommend sticking to quality food products with ingredients that you can pronounce.
In our experience, mental discipline is neglected all too often. This is unfortunate because things you’re filling your head with are just as important as what you’re filling your stomach with. What you’re listening to, what you’re watching, and what kind of people you hang around all factor into mental discipline. It’s important to be aware of these things because your thoughts become your feelings, which become motivations and then actions.
Personal discipline is also the bridge between the person you are and the person you want to become. We often ask clients questions like “what does better look like to you?” and “what do you want?” to help them figure out what they should be filling their heads with and surrounding themselves with, and we encourage you to do so as well.
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