Why "the successful person is the disciplined person" is a lie

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3 years ago

Contrary to what you might think, success doesn’t require you to have constant discipline every single day of your life.

Instead, success only requires you to be disciplined for just a short amount of time until the power of habit kicks in and begins to take over.

When we think of someone who wakes up early every day, writes every day, or goes for a run every day, we often think that in order to do that ourselves, all we need is more discipline.

Not true.

What we actually need is just the habit of doing it.

In his book "The One Thing," Gary Keller, founder of the largest real estate company in the world, says,

"When you discipline yourself, you're essentially training yourself to act in a specific way. Stay with this long enough and it becomes routine - in other words, a habit. So when you see people who look like "disciplined" people, what you're really seeing is people who've trained a handful of habits into their lives. This makes them seem "disciplined" when actually they're not. No one is."

The question then is, how long do you have to maintain being disciplined until the new behavior kicks in and becomes automatic?

Researchers at the University College of London have found that it takes an average of 66 days to build a habit.

In order to start reading, exercising, or writing consistently every day then, all you need is to be able to sustain enough discipline just long enough until reading, exercising or writing regularly becomes a habit.

Regularly working on building a habit until the habit regularly works for you.

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To be successful requires discipline to form a normal routine as explained. It is more important to set daily goals and adhere to your plans to achieve the set goals. Then always evaluate yourself. Thanks.

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3 years ago