Tuesday Principles: Cultivating Self Discipline

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Introducing a new weekly free newsletter: Black Men Book Club is launching Tuesday Principles. Every Tuesday expect a email in your inbox about about the principles that guide us to greatness. First up, Self Discipline.

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Self-disciple is about learning into resistance. Taking action in spite of how you feel. Living a life by design, not by default. But most importantly, it's acting in accordance with your thoughts - not your feelings.

Focus on Identity

  1. There are always goals to have and things to create but focusing on how your identity will change because of what you want can help drive you to succeed.

    • Someone offers you a cigarette there are two answers: "No thanks, I'm trying to quit." and "No thanks, I don't smoke."

  2. Once we have made a choice or taken a stand, we will encounter personal and interpersonal pressures to behave consistently with that commitment. Those pressures will cause us to respond in ways that justify our earlier decision


    Create Reminders

    Frequently remind yourself of why you're being disciplined in the first place.

    • Create a memento that symbolize’s the future version of myself I'm desiring to become.

    Embrace Stuff That Sucks - Embrace Discomfort. It's a muscle to grow, take points of discomfort on purpose to create a stronger will.

    • Cold showers, early workouts


    Target The Fundamentals

    What are the biological necessities of life? Sleep, Nutrition, Exercise. The part of the brain that handles Executive Functioning, regulates desires, impulses, requires a lot of energy and regular rest to function at peak levels.

    As men we need to understand the fundamentals. Critically, masculinity is one of those fundamentals.

    King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine is a great read that covers that.


    Meditation

    Scientifically proven to make you better disciplined and aware of emotions.

    A book that comes to mind is Meditations - Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161–180 CE, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy.


    That’s all I’ve got today, see you next Tuesday.

    Jordan ✌🏽

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