Discipline Equals Freedom
Discipline Equals Freedom

Discipline Equals Freedom

There is only hard work, late nights, early mornings, practice, rehearsal, repetition, study, sweat, blood, toil, frustration, and discipline. DISCIPLINE. (Location 44)

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Don’t stress about things you can’t control. If the stress is something that you can control and you are not, that is a lack of discipline and a lack of ownership. (Location 208)

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Get control of it. Impose your will to make it happen. Solve the problem. Relieve the stress. If the stress is something you can’t control: Embrace it. You can’t control it, but— How can you look at it from a different angle? (Location 210)

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It is never finished. You always have more to do. Another mission. Another task. Another goal. And the enemy is always watching. Waiting. Looking for that moment of weakness. Looking for you to exhale, set your weapon down, and close your eyes, even just for a moment. And that’s when they attack. So don’t be finished. (Location 246)

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APPLICATION OF DISCIPLINE (Location 258)

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Discipline starts with waking up early. It really does. But that is just the beginning; you absolutely have to apply it to things beyond waking up early. It is working out, every day, making yourself stronger and faster and more flexible and healthier. It is eating the right foods, to fuel your system correctly. It is disciplining your emotions, so you can make good decisions. It is about having the discipline to control your ego, so it doesn’t get out of hand and control you. It is about treating people the way you would want to be treated. It is about doing the tasks you don’t want to do, but you know will help you. Discipline is about facing your fears so you can conquer them. Discipline means taking the hard road—the uphill road. To do what is right. For you and for others. So often, the easy path calls us: To be weak for that moment. To break down another time. To give in to desire and short-term gratification. Discipline will not allow that. Discipline calls for strength and fortitude and WILL. It won’t accept weakness. It won’t tolerate a breakdown in will. Discipline can seem like your worst enemy. But in reality it is your best friend. It will take care of you like nothing else can. And it will put you on the path to strength and health and intelligence and happiness. And most important, discipline will put you on the path to FREEDOM. (Location 259)

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When working with other people and dynamic situations and relationships and deals, a person, especially a leader, must compromise. Finding the common ground between teams. (Location 318)

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Proactive and aggressive are similar and they are both good. You certainly have to be proactive in the world. You want to be dictating what happens, not responding to it. And yes: That means creating or controlling a situation as much as you can. (Location 341)

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FEAR OF FAILURE IS GOOD. Fear of failure will keep you up at night, planning, rehearsing, going over contingencies. Fear of failure will keep you training hard. Fear of failure will stop you from cutting corners. (Location 392)

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Get aggressive. Stand your ground in the battle and fight by saying NO. HOLD THE LINE. Hold the line for your health, your mental toughness, and to exercise your WILL— which, I promise, is stronger than the will of a donut— if you want it to be. HOLD THE LINE. (Location 449)

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Hesitation allows the moment to pass, the opportunity to be lost, the enemy to get the upper hand. (Location 567)

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Sometimes, bad things happen to good people. I don’t know why. Life is not fair. That is the reality. Disease and accidents don’t care if their victim is a “good person.” They have no reason, no justification, and no mercy. And even the best person you know can end up in the clutches of evil. And you cannot stop it. So. What do you do? Are you going to get angry? Frustrated? Are you going to lash out at people? Who are you going to lash out at? Are you going to start going down the spiral of negativity? Are you going to let the horrible situation dictate the way you feel and the way you handle it? Are you going to fall over? Fall down? Fall apart? Or are you going to lead? Are you going to face this issue with courage and with resolution? I say: Lead.            Lead. (Location 574)

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Step up. Be the one who people look to. Absorb the impact—and the negativity. Draw fire—yes: Draw fire. That’s when a member of a platoon—for tactical reasons—steps into the open to draw enemy fire; maybe to give another part of the team a chance to move; maybe to distract the enemy; maybe to help the platoon locate the enemy. (Location 587)

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But how does “good” apply to the worst of losses: the death of a loved one? (Location 629)

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there is good; even in death there is good. (Location 633)

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How blessed we are to have every day. To learn. To grow. To laugh. To live.                     To Live. To live every day with purpose and passion. To wake up in the morning and be thankful—thankful for that morning—thankful for that opportunity to go into the world and live. (Location 643)

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EVERY DAY This isn’t a part-time gig. This isn’t punch the clock and go home for the day. You don’t get weekends off. No. Here: There’s no such thing as a weekend. This is an everyday gig: Every day is a Monday. And you might not like that. Me? I love it. To me, every day is a beginning. A new day. A new week. A new shot at life. An opportunity to come out of the gate like a man possessed and attack the day: Without mercy. Today: I’m taking scalps.   I’m putting the pressure on. I’m the aggressor.    I’m on the attack. And of course: I will get tired. I will get beat up. I will get knocked down and drained and will have some bad days. But I will not    Stop. (Location 654)

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