In my previous post I brought up the idea that discipline equals freedom.  If you didn’t read the previous post, you can do so by clicking here.  Throughout today I realized the different areas in life where this is true. Let’s look a little further into it.

Dietary Discipline Equals Freedom

I have a friend that posts photos of entire plates of junk food that he consumes. I’m talking about plates full of marshmallow peeps, meringue cookies, burgers, fries and much more. What’s interesting though, is that he is also very lean. If you think along the lines of a normal diet, it makes no sense for him to look like this.

Discipline equals freedom - If it fits your macros
Peeps anyone?

You have to look at a diet from a different lens. 

What he does is follow the “If It Fits Your Macros” or “IIFYM” method. Basically you track your daily macronutrient intake and run it through a calculator. Of course this takes additional inputs such as heigh weight, activity level and current lean mass as well. Food wise, you can eat whatever you want, as long as you do not exceed any of your macro nutrient thresholds each day.

Trust me, it’s a challenge to track all of your macro nutrients. Most people struggle just trying to keep track of their daily caloric intake or glasses of water consumed. It takes discipline to stick with this plan. Yet at the end of the day it offers flexibility (freedom) allowing you to consume what you’ve been craving all day. Well, as long as it fits your macros.

Creating passive income – Discipline equals financial freedom

When I made my first course on Udemy I invested about 40 hours over the course of the month. I had to squeeze the course creation between working 9 hours a day, being a husband, being a father and working on network maintenances at night. I was absolutely exhausted and wanted nothing to do with creating a course.

But I stuck with it.

Now my course literally sells in my sleep. Most of the students that are buying are located in Europe or Australia. While the income from this course isn’t enough to live off of, it does provide some extra income each month. An income that keeps appearing wether or not I invest any time into it. Anyone that creates a stream of passive income with tell you that it requires discipline to set it in motion. You will work for hours with no guaranteed return, but it’s the moments when “you win” that make it all worth it. 

Discipline equals career freedom

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-8-59-27-pmComing from the world of IT, there are many certifications that people hold. Some certifications require hundreds if not thousands of hours worth of studying to obtain. One in particular is called the CCIE. Some people will refer to this as “The Doctorate of Networking”.

Everyone I’ve know that has obtained the CCIE had to hide in a cave for 6-12 months to study. At the end of the process they come out with beards (even the ladies!), glasses and if they did it right; a certification that relatively few people have.

Assuming the individual has practical experience as well, they now have the freedom to pick and choose where they want to work. Cisco value added resellers (VARs) are always searching for CCIEs. Large enterprises and network carriers place a lot of value on CCIE holders as well. For most people in IT, it’s worth surrendering a year or your life to obtain this.

 Discipline can lead to a ripped physique, passive income, and the ability to “write your own paycheck”.

How has discipline helped you to achieve freedom?

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