Focus and Discipline are two of the hardest aspects of achieving anything. One problem seems to be that people focus on too many things. People want to do everything and then when that proves to be too much they end up doing nothing at all.
I’m definitely guilty of this. My brain jumps to many things in rapid succession and it is hard to keep it under control. I’m very curious and I want to learn about and be good at so many different things. There are so many programming languages I want to learn that I dabble a lot and don’t really focus on one. I would like to begin public speaking. I have ideas for three games that I want to create. I’d love to get my guitar skill back to what it used to be. I always thought I’d get back into practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. Hell, at one time I even wanted to become a pro Starcraft player.
People also mistake the role of motivation in discipline. People say things like, “I’m just not motivated to go to the gym.” Substitute gym with anything you want. Things like learn a new language or eat well or go back to school all fit as well. But the fact of the matter is that motivation is fleeting. It is discipline that people need. The people who are successful at whatever they do don’t feel like doing it some days either. But those people show up and put in the reps.
Over the coming days and weeks, I’m going to be writing mostly about these two very important topics: focus and discipline. I’ll be examining books by Dr. Angela Duckworth (Grit), Charles Duhigg (The Power Of Habit, Smarter Faster Better), Stephen Pressfield (The War of Art), to name a few. I’ll be looking at what philosophers like Marcus Aurelius and Seneca had to say on the matter. I’ll also look at a couple of studies on the matter and how we can use the results to help us maintain discipline throughout the day.
This is an extremely interesting topic to me and I can’t wait to learn and share.