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Be Disciplined: You will look like having Superpowers (First of two parts)

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Of course, just about everyone wants to be disciplined. But for some reason, they just can’t seem to be consistent. Maybe they can start strong and do really good at the beginning…but in the end, their energy dies a slow but sure death.

We’ve all heard stories of great self-discipline and immense self-control. These stories usually involve famous people, tech founders, or professional athletes, who accomplished the impossible and somehow worked hard enough for long enough and eventually signed the $100 million dollar contract.

But most people think that those kind people have superpowers. They think those people have something we don’t have. They were born with something the rest of us just don’t have. No matter what you do, you just can’t get yourself to do what you need to do. So why bother?

I am here to tell you: this mindset is garbage. It’s the main reason why most people will remain in mediocrity when they could have complete financial freedom to travel the world, spend time with their family, and be their own boss.

Here’s how to become so disciplined, it will look like you have superpowers.

Here’s something that will happen once you start being consistently disciplined:

People will think you’re weird. They might even attack you for it.

You’ll get confused looks and raised eyebrows when you tell people what you do:

• “Wait — I wake up at 5am every day? Even Saturdays? Why?”

• “I drink less alcohol?  Why?”

• “I am not training for a triathlon like my friend Cyril Rocke? But I play tennis every day at 6:30am – for the last 40 years. Why?”   

• I am putting 25% of my paychecks into savings? How do you survive?!”

Consistency, being as rare and difficult as it is, scares people when they see it live. It’s awesome. But it also elicits jealousy and resentment.

But great power lies in doing the absurd, especially if you think it’s crazy. Never forget, many of us have grown up in an environment that teaches mediocrity and falling in line. If you want what you’ve never had, you’ll have to do stuff you’ve never done.

The truth is, most people simply don’t believe they can ever get the “celebrity-style” success: hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings, a brand new luxury car, a big home in a really nice neighborhood. They’ve been conditioned to believe this type of success in only reserved for star athletes, rappers, rockstars, and 20-something tech founders who get bought out by Google.

Great power lies in doing the absurd. When you start to get those confused looks and passive-aggressive “compliments,” you’ll know you’re going the right way! :)

This is how many people live their lives. They have big dreams but how can they possibly be disciplined after a long day at work? How can you use your brain when you’re so tired from the day? The answer is simple: take yourself out of the equation. Make a commitment to perform, and you will. (To be continued)

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