“Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.” – Thucydides
The snooze button reminds us when we’ve lost belief. We tell ourselves that we’ll get up at a certain time and instead sleep for 9 more minutes. Or instead of believing in our time goal, we choose to count the number of times we’re “allowed” to hit the snooze.
While our day begins by waking up, what we achieve in life begins with a choice. And taking action on choices begins with discipline.
So when you’ve lost belief, be absurd.
Tell yourself to walk across the room and pick up a book. Right now.
Did you do it?
If you didn’t, you may be underestimating the importance of discipline in the little things.
If you did pick up the book, well done. The choice you made reinforces the belief you have to actually do what you said you’d do.
Discipline begins with the absurd.
Now pick up that book.