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Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.

I don't stop when I'm tired. I stop when I'm done.

The more self-discipline you have, the more you do the things you should do, the happier your future self will be.

The successful among us delay gratification. The successful among us bargain with the future.

No random actions, none not based on underlying principles.

Everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goals, if he is able to think, if he is able to wait, if he is able to fast.

In the end, you win through superior craftsmanship, not marketing.

The senses have been conditioned by attraction to the pleasant and aversion to the unpleasant. Do not be ruled by them.

No man is free who cannot command himself.

Excess in anything becomes a fault.

Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.

If I don't have a project, I don't have any discipline.

We require routine and tradition. That's order. Order can become excessive, and that's not good, but chaos can swamp us, so we drown - and that is also not good. We need to stay on the straight and narrow path.

You cannot aim yourself at anything if you are completely undisciplined and untutored.

One thousand days of lessons for discipline; ten thousand days of lessons for mastery.

If there isn't discipline, how can there be a true realization of an ideal?

Curb your desire - don't set your heart on so many things and you will get what you need.

What is truly ambitious is to face life and proceed with quiet confidence in spite of the distractions.

Freedom and responsibility are two aspects of the same coin. If you are not ready to feel responsible, you will never be free.

The number of people who stand ready to consume one's time, to no purpose, is almost countless.

Society primarily encourages distraction, distraction in every form.

Your first blog post will be bad, but your 1000th will be great. Your first workout will be weak, but your 1000th will be strong. Your first meditation will be scattered, but your 1000th will be focused. Put in your reps.

Small things, done consistently in strategic places, create major impact.

Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time one what is important.

This is the main question, with what activity one's leisure is filled.

Self-discipline raises you, self-control prevents you from falling.

Focus is free but distractions cost you everything.

Avoid things the best version of yourself will regret.

He who conquers his passions is a man of more nerve than he who subdues the enemy.

To be occupied in what does not concern you is worse than doing nothing.

To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.

Dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.

There's nothing more powerful than paying attention.

Discipline is being able to force yourself to do something is spite of how you feel, over and over until it becomes a habit.

What is discipline? Discipline means creating an order within you.

You can't win the war against the world if you can't win the war against your own mind.

Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

While we are postponing, life speeds by.

My whole system of life is keeping at it. The task of life is not to see clearly in the distance but to do the task at hand.

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.

A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.

It is felt that a disciplined mind leads to happiness and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering, and in fact it is said that bringing about discipline within one's mind is the essence of the Buddha's teaching.

Good order and discipline in an army are more to be depended upon than ferocity.

How much time are you putting into your highest priorities?

Every fulfilled dream occurred because of dedication to a process.

Self-control is the quality that distinguishes the fittest to survive.

Learn to convert the discomfort of discipline into the satisfaction of personal growth.

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.

There's no excuse.

Discipline over desire.

Nothing is stronger than habit.

Discipline is money in the bank.

Discipline must come through liberty.

Don't get fat at the table of success.

Discipline comes from needs, not wants.

The disciplined man will ultimately win.

The whole point is to discipline the mind.

I choose to live by choice, not by chance.

Progress is the pursuit of better process.

Do what the person you want to be would do.

How would the person I wish to be act today?

Amateurs get distracted. Pros just keep going.

Poverty or abundance are the results of habits overtime.

Good choices create leverage. Good habits capitalize on it.

The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.

Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint.

Can you imagine yourself in 10 years if instead of avoiding the things you know you should do, you actually did them every single day - that's powerful.

Practice is the price you pay today to be better tomorrow.

Every action you take is kind of like a vote for the kind of person you want to become.

You must be disciplined in thought, word, and deed. Consciously train yourself to do those things that are good for you.

To understand success, pay less attention to the final product and more to the mundane process. [...] The seeds of greatness are planted in the daily grind.

Want to become a writer? Write every day. Want to become a YouTuber? Upload videos every day. Want to learn a new skill? Practice is every day. You become what you do every day.

Daily affirmations are great. Daily reminders are better. Daily actions are best.

If you manage your time like it's worth a lot of money, it eventually will.

Good habits are personal capital. They require investment, but many pay off 1000X over a lifetime.

Have goals that are challenging enough to intimidate others.

An idiot with a plan can beat a genius without a plan.

Everyone says that no one gets to their deathbed and thinks, man I wish I worked more, but I don't think anyone gets to their deathbed and says, man I'm glad I spent all that time skiing in Aspen.

Swearing signals a lack of eloquence and emotional control.

You can be self-disciplined, or you can be a slave.

Impatience is a virtue. Self-discipline is another form of self-conflict. Find things that excite you.

Discipline is the ability to get yourself to do what you don't want to do. When used occasionally, it keeps you from getting soft. When used frequently, it's a sign of strategic misalignment.

It's easier to put off until tomorrow what needs to be done today, and drown the upcoming months and years in today's cheap pleasures.

Increase your awareness of your own mortality and you will do more of what matters.

The costs of your good habits are in the present. The costs of your bad habits are in the future.

Nothing great was ever created without focus and an inability to focus is the fastest way to kill potential.

Understand: like everyone, you think you are rational, but you are not. Rationality is not a power you are born with, but one you acquire through training and practice.

In walking about as you take care not to step on a nail or to sprain your foot, so take care not to damage your own ruling faculty: and if we observe this rule in every act, we shall undertake the act with more security.

You don't have the time to meditate because you don't meditate. You don't have the energy to exercise because you don't exercise. You don't have money to save because you don't save money.

Discipline when you hate yourself is tyranny. Discipline when you love yourself is the path to freedom.

Freedom is not the ability to do as we please. Freedom is the ability to do as we ought.

When you know what matters to you, it's a lot easier to ignore what doesn't.

One ought not to give way in everything nor to everybody. To know how to refuse is therefore as important as to know how to consent.

Silence is essential. It's a tool, a sign of wisdom, a sign of self-control and self-discipline. It can be, in some cases, more courageous and fair to bite your tongue than it is to flap it.

This can be swiftly taught in very few words: virtue is the only good; there is no certain good without virtue; and virtue resides in our nobler part, which is the rational one. And what can this virtue be? True and steadfast judgment.

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.

Discipline is persuasion of the self. When you're ready, you'll need no persuasion.

Routine and habit are the only reliable tools for improving yourself and your situation. Every single person you think is cool got that way by regularly doing things that made them a better person, whether they felt like it in the moment or not.

Love the discipline you know, and let it support you. Entrust everything willingly to the gods, and then make your way through life - no one's master and no one's slave.

A warrior must subdue himself before he can subdue his enemies. Clear eyes see accurately. The quiet mind thinks calmly. The steady hand strikes decisively. Mad passion flares brightly and quickly burns itself out. Stoke the steady flames of discipline, wisdom, and will.

Discipline comes easy when you give yourself no other options.

We are most free when we are under discipline. Free from being ruled by fleshly impulse and worldly desire.

We have to rediscover the eternal values and then live them out.

Part 1. Your outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits. Your net worth is a lagging measure of your financial habits. Your weight is a lagging measure of your eating habits. Your knowledge is a lagging measure of your learning habits. You get what you repeat.

Part 2. Your energy is a lagging measure of your sleep habits. Your fitness is a lagging measure of your exercise habits. Your clutter is a lagging measure of your cleaning habits.

A simple question with potentially wide-reaching implications: Can my current habits carry me to my desired future?

Discipline divorced from wisdom is not true discipline, but merely the meaningless following of custom, which is only a disguise for stupidity.

Always imagine yourself on the battlefield under the fiercest attack; never forget this crucial element of training.

If you want to win, practice virtue. If you win with virtue, your opponent buries himself.

It is better, proverbially, to rule your own spirit than to rule a city.

He watches himself as if he were an enemy and lying in ambush.

The only person you can control is you. So focus on making yourself who you want to be: Faster. Smarter. Stronger. More humble. Less ego.

The greatest portion of peace of mind is doing nothing wrong. Those who lack self-control live disoriented and disturbed lives.

It shows greater self-control to refuse to withdraw oneself, and to do the same things as the crowd, but in a different way.

True self-discipline is not for the weak-minded. In life we make too many excuses - I don't live near a gym, don't have the money for a trainer, my hours at work are crazy, I'm traveling too much, the kids schedules are too hectic, etc. The list is endless. Rather than giving yourself a way out, find a way to make it happen.

Self-discipline and self-control will determine the quality of your life more than anything else. Self-discipline to make you do what needs to be done. Self-control to keep you from doing what you shouldn't.

When you're working, work. When you're playing, play. When you're resting, rest. Too many people try to combine more than one of these. The result is that you're either unproductive, interfering with your fun, or not re-charging your batteries. You can't multi-task. Pick one!

Self-respects follows self-control and self-discipline.

Exercise authority over yourself, or you will be made to bow to the authority of others. Be your own lord and master.

Conquest over one's self; in the hour of victory, is a double triumph.

Self-discipline is a great time-saver; it is the ability to make yourself work on only those things that are most important to you.

Does this thing add value to your life? If your answer is 'no', get rid of it.

Obesity is a problem in rich societies. Too much abundance, not enough self-control. The same can be said for opportunities. An abundance of opportunity offers many traps. Every yes is a no to everything else you could do. Choose your sacrifices intentionally.

Don't buy the book because it's on sale. Don't eat the pastries because they're free. When most of the cost isn't financial, do not be persuaded by price.

In the moment some choices seem small: we eat the chocolate bar, take a shortcut, or cancel a date. However, the accumulation of those tiny decisions adds up over months and years and makes a huge difference. Today's choices become tomorrow's reality.

The longer you delay that thing you know you should do, the more difficult it gets. The easier thing in the short run is often the harder thing in the long run. Pain today, gain tomorrow.

It's a luxury to pursue what makes you happy. It's a moral obligation to pursue what you find meaningful.

He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.

The absolutely vital thing is to become capable of enjoyment, of living in the present, and of the discipline which this involves.

Don't expect to be motivated every day to get out there and make things happen. You won't be. Don't count on motivation. Count on discipline.

We lead our lives so poorly because we arrive in the present always unprepared, incapable, and too distracted for everything.

The more you say no to the things that don't matter, the more you can say yes to the things that do. This will let you live and enjoy your life - the life that you want.

One principle I live by is I try to create the most amount of progress in the least amount of time. Forces ruthless prioritization and focus. Progress over perfection.

Discipline is the transformation of motivation into habit.

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.

If you want to be happy, you have to love yourself, which means you have to discipline your behavior.

A well ordered mind is one that can tolerate being in its own company.

The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.

A disciplined mind invites true joy.

Being indistractable will be the skill of the century.

Focus, focus, focus. Dilution of effort will crush you.

Whatever you constantly think about, you will attract into your life.

Let me note all the sickening waste of today, that I shall not be easy with myself and compromise my tomorrows.

I never could have done what I have done, without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one object at a time.

The Internet makes great teachers widely available. Your opportunity to learn is limited only by your ability to direct your attention. On-demand education can't easily compete with on-demand stimulation. A disciplined seeker will find no competition among lotus-eaters.

The Paradox of Freedom - the way to expand your freedom is to narrow your focus. Stay focused on saving to achieve financial freedom. Stay focused on training to achieve physical freedom. Stay focused on learning to achieve intellectual freedom. The disciplined become the free.

You become what you consume. The food you eat will make your body. The information you read will make your mindset. Be intentional about what you put in yourself.

To be successful at anything you need to reduce your focus to one thing. One thing. That doesn't mean you can't do other things. But it does mean you prioritize one thing. Something we are all terrible at.

What you choose not to do is as important as what you do, perhaps even more important.

No education is worth having that does not teach the lesson of concentration on a task, however unattractive.

Concentration is king. Nothing meaningful can be achieved without it.

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.

When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.

Your first task is to look at those emotions that are continually infecting your ideas and decisions.

It is in fact the height of selfishness to merely consume what others create and to retreat into a shell of limited goals and immediate pleasures.

Living an undisciplined life isn't freedom. It's the ultimate version of slavery.

Some of y'all need to be fasting from things other than food: The news, social media, negative people, complaining, worrying, video games, alcohol, drugs. Especially if you can't go without it.

Obsession without self-control leads to self-destruction.

Self-control is the root of all virtues which is why modern humans lack virtue.

No one has ever built a legacy consuming.

Good habits are assets. Bad habits are liabilities. What's in your portfolio?

You will ascend to the level of your discipline. You will fall to the level of your apathy.

May even your hobbies improve your mind and body, and move you further away from the degenerate state of constant consumption.

It's not that change is hard. It's that not changing is easier.

Decisions are nothing without execution.

Amateurs show up inconsistently. Professionals show up every day.

Mental resilience is arguably the most critical trait of a world-class performer, and it should be nurtured continuously.

The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable prerequisite for success.

Don't bet on the person who shows occasional flashes of greatness. Bet on the person who delivers day after day. It's better to be consistently good than intermittently excellent. Results and relationships depend on reliability.

If you want to believe something, keep pounding it into your head until you get it: listen to it, read it, write it, talk about it, think about it. Over and over again, until it's ingrained into your mind. Influence your own subconscious.

Your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals, and then to work toward them every day, will do more to guarantee your success than any other single factor.

Perhaps the greatest display of self-discipline is persisting when the going gets tough. Persistence is self-discipline in action.

You don't want my wealth, you want my work ethic. You don't want my position, you want my process.

Willpower is like a muscle; if it's never used it never grows. If you lack willpower you'll become a slave to your impulses. You build your willpower by doing hard things.

Consistently do what scares you and you'll never live a dull day.

The discipline of desire is the background of character.

Men are disturbed not by events but by their opinion about events.

To dispute with a drunkard is to debate with an empty house.

Decide how the person you want to become would act and then act that way. Even when it's really fu*king hard.

No one will enforce discipline on you. You are not a child. You have to do it yourself. If you don't - then you are no better than a child.

The greater your stress tolerance, the more you will be respected. The lower your stress tolerance, the less you will be respected. If you want to be respected, be low in reactivity, self-disciplined and very good at handling your own emotions. Respect is earned, not given.

You become mature when you become the authority of your own life.

A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days.

There's no quick fix or fast pass to success. It doesn't happen in a day; but it does happen daily.

Once an action becomes automatic, you now have the mental space to observe yourself as you practice.

Be hard on yourself and forgiving of everyone else. You can't expect people to live by your standards. You'll ruin yourself with disappointment.

The secret of successful working lies in the systemic arrangement of what you have to do. I know of no better way to accomplish a large amount of work.

I keep this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it's a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind.

A modern stoic knows that the surest way to discipline passion is to discipline time: decide what you want or ought to do during the day, then always do it at exactly the same moment every day, and passion will give you no trouble.

Changing habits: Pick one thing. Cultivate a desire. Visualize it. Plan a sustainable path. Identify needs, triggers, and substitutes. Tell your friends. Track meticulously. Self-discipline is a bridge to a new self-image. Bake in the new self-image. It's who you are, now.

First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit is persistence in practice.

Results have little to do with the goals we set and nearly everything to do with the systems we follow. Goals are the results we want to achieve. Systems are the processes that lead to those results. If you want results, forget goals. Focus on your system.

The fact that you go to the gym even though you don't need to is why you don't need to. The fact that you save when you could spend is why you have money to spend. Your habits create your strength.

Your choices - what you work on, who you work with - create leverage. A good initial choice can deliver 100x payoff. Your habits unleash leverage. Without great habits, great choices are just potential energy.

All of your energy should go into building better rituals, not chasing better results.

Willpower is overrated. Figure out the systems that let you not have to use it.

People don't decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.

Don't make excuses. Hold yourself accountable. That's how sh*t gets done.

To create a meaningful work of art or make a discovery or invention requires great discipline, self-control, and emotional stability.

You must never settle into complacency, as if your initial vision represents the endpoint. You must cultivate profound dissatisfaction with your work and the need to constantly improve your ideas.

One of the rarest things is to find people that simply to do what they say they will do. Just doing this one step puts you in the top 10% of people.

It's not about the giant leaps of faith or big breaks that will make your career. It's the daily practice.

The amateur is concerned with the big break, whereas the pro is more focused on delaying immediate gratification in exchange for long-term success.

It's common to have vision; it's rare to have plans.

Being unfiltered is not a sign of authenticity. It's a sign of low self-control. Impulsive leadership is trusting your gut and shooting from the hip. Disciplined leadership is taking the time to consider the impact of your actions on others.

Amateurs have a goal. Professionals have a process.

Amateurs show up to practice to have fun. Professionals realize that what happens in practice happens in games.

The simpler, the better. Complications lead to multiplicative chains of unanticipated effects.

A simple question to help you focus on the highest value tasks: What is the work that keeps working for you after you've completed it?

Skip steps now, you'll skip them later. Cut corners now, you'll cut them later. You get used to what you do most of the time.

The single most important change you can make in your working habits is to switch to creative work first, reactive work second. This means blocking off a large chunk of time every day for creative work on your own priorities, with the phone and e-mail off.

I don't have free time because I don't have unfree time. Everybody and everything that had a claim on my time has been uncompromisingly removed from my life.

Priorities is an oxymoron. You can only have one priority at a time. Your second priority is equivalent to your 99th priority.

If you fulfill your obligations everyday you don't need to worry about the future.