Over the last few days, I’ve heard from dozens of you who have shared your goals and dreams with me, which has been amazing. I sincerely thank all of you who have reached out.
Now, you’re about to learn about the third myth of highly productive people, and the final training post of this series.
This myth is something that holds a lot of people back from striving forward to accomplish their goals, because they don’t fully grasp the psychology behind accomplishing goals.
Breaking Down the “Discipline” of High Achievers
Think about any highly productive person you know in your life. What do they have that allows them to succeed?
Almost everyone answers “they’re extremely disciplined” – that they seem to be able to push themselves through anything, with an extraordinary resolve for success.
Discipline plays a huge role in success… right? Successful people just naturally have more of it… right?
Actually, that’s a total myth… and I’m about to bust it wide open.
What if I told you that you have the same amount of ‘discipline’ within yourself that any highly successful person has?
Imagine you had basically no discipline limit. What would that allow you to accomplish?
What the outside world sees as sheer discipline in highly productive people is often nothing more than a series of carefully crafted systems they’ve created to make things MUCH easier on themselves.
Me personally, I’m no stranger to hard work, but if I can make something easier on myself, would I be more likely to do it? You’re damn right!
You’ll see there’s a lot of psychology at play here…
The Discipline Ceiling And How to Avoid It
You see, we all have a ceiling of discipline, if you will. Once we hit our capacity, we hit our failure point and need to recover.
Those of us who can maintain a high level of output have simply created systems that allow us not to hit that capacity, or at least to extend it well beyond what it normally would be.
Take the example of losing weight. This is something that the vast majority of people fail at, so let’s explore how to be successful with it using systems to increase discipline capacity.
There are a couple of parts to the equation. To keep it simple, let’s explore the nutrition side of the equation, simply just because anyone can relate to this.
The Psychology of Discipline
It’s hard to eat healthy all the time. There is a lot of food preparation, more frequent grocery trips, more cooking, etc. Eventually, it starts to really suck, and this is where most people fail.
But the person that will succeed with their goal to keep a healthy weight (the “disciplined” person) will find ways to make this activity easier on themselves so they don’t have to rely on sheer discipline.
They will eliminate failure points by doing things like preparing meals a week in advance, working grocery trips into other errands, preparing easy and healthy meals, or even having people do these things for them (aka Hollywood).
They’ll do anything they can to reach their goal with the lowest amount of work and discipline needed.
This is also known as the path of least resistance, and is a cornerstone for highly productive people.
It’s not lazy. It’s just smart.
Because of this, they’ll have a much higher chance to succeed because they will never hit that frustration point of wanting to quit.
While this is a simplified example, it’s a solid one. This concept is the same for any type of goal.
Efficient productivity systems that take advantage of raising discipline capacity will result in dramatically heightened success, while those that rely on sheer discipline alone will almost always fail.
A lesson I teach in personal finance (more on that in the coming months) is you can’t get rich by cutting back. You have to increase your earning capacity. The exact same thing is true here.
You have to increase your capacity for discipline in order to accomplish more.
Find ways to make things easier on yourself, and you’ll have a much better chance of success.
Using Psychology to Find a Better Way
There is psychology in everything we do, every single day of our lives.
That’s why I always tell you to ‘find a better way’ – because the way most people do things is driven by the way society has molded them to behave – which in many cases is unfortunately not the best way.