Freedom is Discipline

Updated: Oct 29, 2019

"While Discipline and Freedom seem like they sit on opposite sides of the spectrum, they are actually very connected. Freedom is what everyone wants — to be able to act and live with freedom. But the only way to get to a place of freedom is through discipline. If you want financial freedom, you have to have financial discipline. If you want more free time, you have to follow a more disciplined time management system. You also have to have the discipline to say “No” to things that eat up your time with no payback—things like random YouTube videos, click-bait on the internet, and even events that you agree to attend when you know you won't want to be there. Discipline equals freedom applies to every aspect of life: if you want more freedom, get more discipline" - Jocko Willink

I think it is safe to say that most of us want freedom. We want to have the freedom to do what we want. But as Jocko Willink, a former Navy SEAL, points out, in order to get what we want we have be disciplined. You want the freedom to not have to count calories? Get yourself to the gym. You want the freedom to go on trips? Work smart, work hard, and save money. Discipline has its place in every aspect of life.

Discipline is what makes freedom enjoyable. I don't think you would really appreciate your toned beach bod if you didn't need the discipline to exercise and eat right. I don't think you would really appreciate that dream vacation if you didn't have to have the discipline to work hard day in and day out and save up. Yes, these things would still be nice if you didn't have to work for them. However, when you desire something that requires discipline to achieve, you appreciate it that much more once you do achieve it because it took effort and self-control to get there.

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