Reframe Discipline From Rigid to Flexible

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Brian Kight

I shared a post on my Instagram feed a couple days ago titled 7 Ways to Reframe Discipline From a Negative to a Positive. I believe too many people still feel discipline is more limiting than empowering. Their mindset approaches discipline, generally speaking, as a restricting force rather than an enabling force.

The third positive way to reframe discipline is to recognize that discipline is flexible, not rigid. Naturally this surprises a lot of people. In the comments a few people asked, “Why is discipline flexible and not rigid?”

As I answered on Instagram, I thought it would also be useful to share here with you. So why is discipline flexible and not rigid?

Because rigid things break. Flexible things adapt. Rigid people are unwilling to adjust. Flexible people adjust based on the needs of the situation. It’s why using E+R=O with discipline is such a powerful tool.

Think about it like this.

When you’re disciplined you’re willing to try things even if they’re uncomfortable or unfamiliar. That's flexible. When you’re undisciplined you’re unwilling to try new things, especially if they’re uncomfortable or unfamiliar. That’s rigid.

Dissociating discipline from forced rigidity is a massively important mindset shift. You don’t want to feel limited or restricted. Neither do I. 

We want to feel enabled and empowered. That’s what discipline does.

Everything is training for something. Do the work.PS - If you want to see the Instagram post I mentioned, here is the link: 7 Ways to Reframe Discipline From a Negative to a Positive

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