Discussing :: The Myth of Discipline

It’s one of the most prevalent myths of our culture: self discipline. The myth is larger than life. Benjamin Franklin had it, with his waking early, his virtues checklist and his daily reflection. The best athletes have it, with the discipline to train harder than anyone else to win the gold. My readers often think that I am more disciplined, after reading My Story and the list of habits and accomplishments I’ve achieved, from exercise to waking early to saving money.It’s all a myth.I’m hoping that if you accept that it’s a myth, you’ll be released from the guilt of not being disciplined, you’ll be empowered to create... read full article


The Myth of Discipline

This is brilliant and so true. I am a competitive natural bodybuilder and I get "You must be so disciplined" a lot from people when they talk about it. Little do people know; I am the worst person when it comes to time management but I have developed motivation from several aspects (my weight loss) and formed habits that provide me with the tools to succeed.



Interesting article, but it seems to me you answer your own question.

How do you get discipline? You find something that motivates you enough to be disciplined.

Motivation is what allows and enables you to be disciplined - without an end goal you are right, self discipline is impossible.

Discipline cannot be maintained in a vacuum (i know..I've tried it!)

But habits are what you do, and discipline is what stops you doing what you should not do.

Don't you need both?

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