199 pages leaves no padding to hide behind. Eloquent sweet nothings are not present here. “Jocko” Willink doesn’t pull any punches with Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual. He is on a singular mission to teach us how to combat the lazy or unmotivated moments that unsuspectingly tempt us with “sugar-coated lies” found in fast food or unearned leisure. These are your enemy if you have any ambitions or if you want to keep what you’ve earned.
Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]
We are constantly fighting entropy.
Our bodies decline in health if we eat poorly and don’t exercise. Our minds will turn to mush without challenge. Our motivations will forever be unseen if we don’t continually push through minor fatigue, excuses, and poor planning.
Excuses are unacceptable here.
Your poor choices are not justifiable. You won’t be excused for forgetting to do something. You won’t get a second chance or a “redo.” When you accept that the results in your life are usually because of your own decisions, then you can grow.
We are becoming soft.
We want instant results. Things should be handed to us because we’ll whine otherwise! If we don’t get our way, then we pout until we get the results we didn’t deserve, right? That may be how it goes in some places. Not here. This book is all about the work.
Do what you must right now.
We overcomplicate things. Perhaps it’s to give ourselves excuses? Willink tersely puts into words exactly what you need to do for any situation. If you want to eat healthy, don’t convolute it with formulas. Eat healthy. If you want to learn a skill, start now.
Don’t rely on hypothetical theories.
Get in there and start making the mistakes you thought you could get out of making through analysis paralysis. You’ll probably be terrible at most anything you try for the first time. “Good.” That means you’re putting in the effort toward self-improvement.
If you’re not sweating, you’re not trying.
One fault I had is the appendix doesn’t contain any diagrams of the workout routines we should do. That was until I thought about it. Those would be shortcuts. Willink explains what works well for him based on his training, efforts, and research.
We aren’t receiving the shortcut key.
Instead, he’s showing us the path he took to get the results he wanted. It wasn’t easy for him. It probably took him years to develop and refine his techniques. He may openly give it out his summaries, but he won’t do the workouts for us.
That’s where further study comes in.
As I read and continue re-reading Discipline Equals Freedom, I feel this sense of power. Everything unessential is removed. It’s not fancy, nor should it! However until now, I kept it fresh because I respect it.
In actuality, it shouldn’t smell new.
It should smell like sweat, blood, and the hard work you are capable of doing if you put in the work you need to do right now.
So “get after it!”
|Sources: From the book.
Quotes: From the book.
Inspirations: From the book.
Photos: Taken on my rowing machine.