This week I’ll be blogging a series on self-discipline. New posts on this topic will appear every day Mon-Fri. I’ve also added a new self-discipline category. In this series I’ll be focusing on what I call the five pillars of self-discipline. The Five Pillars of Self-Discipline The five pillars of self-discipline are: Acceptance, Willpower, Hard Work, Industry, and Persistence. Each day of the series, I’ll explore one of these pillars, explaining why it’s important and how to develop it. What Is Self-Discipline? Self-discipline is the ability to get yourself to take action regardless of your emotional state. Imagine what you could accomplish if you could simply get yourself to follow through on your best intentions no matter what. Self-discipline is one of many personal development tools available to you. Building Self-Discipline My philosophy of how to build self-discipline is best explained by an analogy. Progressive training means that once you succeed, you increase the challenge.
Self-Discipline: AcceptanceThe first of the five pillars of self-discipline is acceptance. Acceptance means that you perceive reality accurately and consciously acknowledge what you perceive. This may sound simple and obvious, but in practice it’s extremely difficult. Why is acceptance a pillar of self-discipline? If you haven’t consciously acknowledged where you stand right now in terms of your level of self-discipline, it’s highly unlikely that you’re going to improve at all in this area. Similarly, if you want to increase your self-discipline, you must know where you stand right now. Here’s a list of challenges to get you thinking about where you stand right now (in no particular order): Do you shower/bathe every day? Just as there are different muscle groups which you train with different exercises, there are different areas of self-discipline: disciplined sleep, disciplined diet, disciplined work habits, disciplined communication, etc. Without acceptance you get either ignorance or denial.
How to Become an Early RiserIt is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. – Aristotle Are morning people born or made? In my case it was definitely made. But after a while I couldn’t ignore the high correlation between success and rising early, even in my own life. … and the next morning, I got up just before noon. Hmmm… I tried again many more times, each time not getting very far with it. It’s hard to become an early riser using the wrong strategy. The most common wrong strategy is this: You assume that if you’re going to get up earlier, you’d better go to bed earlier. It seems there are two main schools of thought about sleep patterns. The second school says you should listen to your body’s needs and go to bed when you’re tired and get up when you naturally wake up. Through trial and error, I found out for myself that both of these schools are suboptimal sleep patterns. If you sleep set hours, you’ll sometimes go to bed when you aren’t sleepy enough.
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Start Your Day in 33 Different WaysMornings are underrated. I consider them fundamental for the whole diurnal experience. What you do in the very first moments of your morning will fundamentally and inexorably shape your entire day. Most of the time you spend your mornings by routinely performing some habits, on auto pilot. Hence, your days will routinely unfold towards you, the same way day after day, on auto pilot. Consciously inserting your intentions in these very first moments will have a huge effect. Here are at least 33 ways in which you can transform your days by only spending 5 minutes every morning. 1. I love the morning stillness and the unspoken promise of something ready to start. 2. And do nothing. 3. Point your mind to something you’re really grateful for and stay there. 4. Regardless of the current season. 5. You’re going to spot it pretty easily if you put your mind to it. 6. Write an answer to an old question, do part of a small chore, move an object out of somebody’s way. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Let go. 12.
Passion vs. Self-DisciplineHow important is passion as a success factor? Some people believe it’s the single most important factor, painting passion as the fuel that drives success. I disagree. Passion is simply an emotional state, and a temporary and unstable one at that. The reason passion gets so much credit is that it helps motivate action. And action is what generates results. Look at it this way: P = Passion A = Action R = Results Given: P causes A A causes R Conclusions: P causes R No problem there. R requires P Nope. But what if you also know this: S causes A S is not P Now you can say that the statement “R requires P” is definitely false. S = Self-Discipline Are you dizzy yet? Passion is nonessential for success. Which is better though: passion or self-discipline? Like any emotional state, passion waxes and wanes. Using passion as your only fuel will no more assure you of success than being in love will ensure a successful long-term relationship. Which would you bet on if your life depended on it?
Alternative Sleep Cycles: You Don’t Really Need 6-8 Hours!Most people only think that there is one way to sleep: Go to sleep at night for 6-8 hours, wake up in the morning, stay awake for 16-18 hours and then repeat. Actually, that is called a monophasic sleep cycle, which is only 1 of 5 major sleep cycles that have been used successfully throughout history. The other 4 are considered polyphasic sleep cycles due to the multiple number of naps they require each day. How is this possible? How is this healthy? Well the most important of every sleep cycle is the Stage 4 REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, which has been shown to provide the benefits of sleep to the brain above all other stages of sleep. This way, you still get the benefits of 8 hours of sleep without wasting all of the time it takes to get to REM cycles, resulting in a much more efficient sleep cycle. Uberman Cycle: 20 to 30 minute naps every 4 hours, resulting in 6 naps each day. Everyman Cycle: One longer “core” nap that is supplemented with several 20-30 minute naps. Dymaxion Cycle:
Easy Cheese Fondue RecipeHere's a delicious and easy cheese fondue recipe for your next fondue party or romantic dinner for two. Make sure to use the right fondue equipment and take safety precautions to ensure no one gets burned with the hot melted cheese. But most importantly, enjoy every bite of this delicious cheese fondue. Traditionally, the Swiss used to melt Gruyère and Emmentaler cheese and this basic cheese fondue recipe is based on that. Basic Cheese Fondue Recipe *You should have a little more wine and cheese on hand to adjust the consistency if needed. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Note: Italian or French bread (baguette) makes excellent dippers when cut into small pieces. Tip: If you ask your guests to make a figure 8 while dipping, this will ensure that the cheese mixture gets constantly stirred. Share YOUR favorite cheese fondue recipe with the world If I missed an excellent cheese fondue recipe, feel free to post it here. What Other Fondue Fans Have Posted Return to Best Fondue Homepage