The #1 Strategy to Build Self-Discipline

Success is Inevitable

Success is available to all of us. 

If you can build self-discipline, you can build success. 

A hundred percent of successful people have developed the discipline to do things that they don’t feel like doing to achieve the things that they really want in their life.

I’m going to give you the single greatest secret to building more self-discipline and the number one misconception that people have about self-discipline.

In fact, I’ve written one of the best-selling books of all time on this subject.

Many of us think that if we struggle with self-discipline or if we haven’t been self-disciplined, there’s something wrong with us. We inaccurately write it off as, “Oh, I don’t have enough willpower,” but that’s not true. 

Self-Discipline is Not Natural

If you struggle with self-discipline, it means that you have a perfectly functioning human brain. 


Because the human brain is not designed for success, the human brain is designed for survival. The number one function of the human brain is to keep you alive, and keeping you alive, comes down to conserving energy.

Success is completely different. Success is about expending energy and doing things that are outside of your comfort zone.

Once you understand this, you can start to leverage it to your advantage. 

If you’re gonna be successful, you have to rewire your brain.

The Key to Success

Struggling with self-discipline is not unusual, but if you want to be in the top 1%, then you need to develop what we refer to as the “take the stairs” mindset.

The “Take the Stairs” mindset is all about understanding one key distinction: The Paradox Principle of Sacrifice. 

Easy short-term choices lead to difficult long-term consequences, meanwhile difficult short-term choices lead to easy long-term consequences. 

The great paradox here is that everything that seems easy in life, like buying things on credit even when we can’t afford them, is actually the very vehicle to a more difficult life. 

Inversely, the things that seem hard, like saving money instead of spending it, are the vehicles to an easier life.

If you don’t teach your brain to consciously process this, your brain will always default to conserving the most amount of energy.

But overcoming that and training your brain to practice self-discipline is easy.

How do you do that? 

You do that by recognizing the paradox principle.

So what is the strategy you need to immediately build your self-discipline?

You learn to leverage long-term vision to endure short-term sacrifice.

Discipline is not something that people are born with. We all have discipline, but discipline becomes dormant in the absence of a dream.

If you have clarity about the dream, the brain will go, “How can I make that come true?”

The brain that was once defaulted to working against you will help you endure short-term sacrifice. 
Discipline becomes dormant in the absence of a dream, but if you can create that dream, you can build self-discipline.

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