Contrary to what most people think, success isn’t the result of constant discipline every single day.
Instead, success only requires you to be disciplined for just a short amount of time until the power of habit comes in and begins to take over.
When we think of waking up early every day, writing every day, or going for a run every day, we often think that in order to do that, all we need is more discipline. When actually, all we need is the habit of doing it.
In the book “The One Thing,” Gary Keller, who is the founder of the largest real estate company in the world, says,
“When you discipline yourself, you’re essentially training yourself to act in a specific way. Stay with this long enough and it becomes routine – in other words, a habit. So when you see people who look like “disciplined” people, what you’re really seeing is people who’ve trained a handful of habits into their lives. This makes them seem “disciplined” when actually they’re not. No one is.”
The question then is, how long do you have to maintain being disciplined until a new behavior becomes automatic?
Researchers at the University College of London have found that it takes, on average, 66 days to build a habit.
In order to start reading, exercising, or creating every day, all we need then is to be able to sustain enough discipline long enough until it becomes a habit.
Regularly working on doing something until it regularly works for you.