All Humans Are Perfectly Disciplined


I recently listened to a podcast with Dan Sullivan. Dan is one the industries most successful and well known Entrepreneur coaches. In the podcast he taught me a different way of thinking about Discipline and I wanted to share it today.

Most of us think of Discipline as something we have or don't have or need to work harder at having or doing. You might say, I wish I was more disciplined so I would exercise more.

Dan's take on this is that all humans have perfect discipline to our habits. Put differently, the problem isn't that a person lacks discipline but that the person has the wrong habits or is at very least lacking in the habit they wish to have.

I like this approach because it changes the approach to the solution. If there is something I wish was different about my life my best approach isn't just to “try harder” to be more disciplined. My best approach is to develop that as a habit because ultimately I will be disciplined to whatever habits I have.

Thanks for that golden nugget Dan!


  1. Adam on January 5, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I love this insight. I assume you have read “The Power of Habit”

    That book has the formula on what a habit is and to acquire the habits you want to have.

    • jacob on January 5, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      I have. Amazing read!

  2. Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon on January 5, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Right on track, Jacob! You are so right.

    The habits we learn as children will stay with us a lifetime.

    “Habits are actions built up strong and tall. Like bricks laid together to form a high wall. When once they are built it is so hard to break them, you’d better be careful about how you MAKE them!”
    Long ago I created a resource to help children, called THE FOUR BUILDING BLOCKS OF CHARACTER. Learning THE FOUR BUILDING BLOCKS OF CHARACTER lays the foundation for a good life.
    How many gang wars, world wars, marriage conflicts and sibling rivalries would be avoided if people just learned these four things:

    ADMIT we need each other,
    THANK others,
    APOLOGIZE for our mistakes, and
    FORGIVE one another!

    Read more about my BUILDING BLOCKS OF CHARACTER for kids here:

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