Quit being undisciplined in your thought life.
Lack of mental discipline will paralyze you.
It will make you anxious, paranoid, and depressed.
It will age you.
It will put you in the hospital. One slip in discipline can put you back 6 months.
Or, 60 years.
One undisciplined moment can derail a lifetime of hard work and fortitude.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t live a happy life.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that discipline and fun, or love, or even freedom can’t go hand-in-hand.
Being disciplined in your thought life does not mean negating your emotions, it means controlling your emotions.
It means choosing your emotions.
It means taking responsibility for your own life.
Without disciplining yourself and your emotions, you will be used.
You will be pushed and pulled by the desires of other people and external circumstances.
After a lifetime of this, all you will be left with is pain and bitterness.
Here are two key ways to avoid this…
1. Be selective with who you let into your life.
You’re the average of the five people you hang out with the most.
If you’re spending all of your time with mentally weak people, guess what—you’re mentally weak.
The first step to becoming more disciplined is deleting the negative people who encourage you, both consciously and unconsciously, to be mentally weak.
By being disciplined with who you let into your life, you can change the course of your life.
The truth is, your life will get hard.
Things will go south.
Don’t make the same mistake most people make by waiting until things get bad to start being disciplined.
Don’t wait to start surrounding yourself with people who will make you mentally stronger, not mentally weaker.
2. Be a hard master to your emotional state.
Watching over your emotional state is not easy, but it’s easier than dealing with what happens when you let your emotions run wild.
Like a child, your emotional state hates to be controlled.
It lashes out, freaks out, screams, cries, hits things, says “I hate you,” and finds a thousand different ways to try to destroy itself and others.
You might be tempted to think that this lashing out is a sign you shouldn’t control your child.
You might think you should try to be your child’s best friend instead.
Don’t be confused.
You are either in control of your child or he is in control of you.
You don’t ask a kindergartner how he should raise himself.
You raise him.
You set boundaries and then let him run within those boundaries.
You must learn to control your emotional state first.
Only then can you channel it effectively.
You must be a hard master to yourself.
Over time, your emotional state will grow up.
By being consistent and creating good habits, you can develop your child into a focused, productive, and successful adult.
By disciplining your mind, you’ll create a disciplined life filled with the kinds of happiness and success you want because you chose them.
Don’t let your mind get weak.
Don’t surround yourself with mentally weak people.
Instead, choose to be mentally strong and choose to be around mentally strong people.
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