Believe it or not, it’s a key ingredient in freedom. It’s something you foster over time. You are not just born with it. All of us need to learn to brush our teeth twice a day. We learn to make our bed, clean our rooms and close the cupboard doors.

It’s also progressive. The more small disciplines I conquer, the more capacity I have for new ones. It seems like it should be the other way around. I have limited time, and therefore, eventually, I will run out of space for new disciplines. Turns out, it’s a multiplier instead. The more I have, the more capacity I create.

The more capacity I unlock, the more freedom I cultivate.

If this is a struggle for you, start small and force yourself to engage the new discipline for 5 minutes. Thereafter, it feels like much less of a chore. No matter how busy you are, you have 5 minutes.

The good news: discipline is like a muscle. The stronger it gets, the easier creating a new one becomes.

Evan Wise

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