The following are a sampling of tips that would fall into the category of “extremely helpful tips that almost no one follows”.

• keep a notebook with you and write down ideas everywhere you go
• get eight hours of sleep every night, go to bed early, get up early
• take frequent breaks throughout the day to recharge
• don’t think too much about the future and certainly don’t dwell on the past
• eat whole, clean, non-processed food. Limit caffeine and refined sugar
• if you are upset or angry with someone tell them, talk it out
• exercise everyday, even if it’s just 15 minutes
• drink 8 – 10 glasses of water everyday
• say sorry when you screw up
• get a mentor
• spend 3 hours a day, uninterrupted on an important project

You can suffer from regret of having not done something or, you can suffer through the pain of discipline. The former gets you no where and the latter eliminates the regret.

If you want to start a business it takes discipline and it requires you give up other things, like maybe watching Homeland.

If you want to become a better swimmer, artist, writer or actress you need to put in more hours and give up other activities, like going out on weekends.

Stop viewing giving up something as sacrifice.

Rather than viewing things as ‘giving them up’, view this as an investment, same way you would view giving up dinner out each month so you can put another $100 towards your retirement savings plan.

If you want to take your life to the next level it really only requires one thing: discipline.

The discipline is not entirely in the doing of a new thing, it is in the giving up of something else in order to make room for something new. Giving something up is harder than starting something new.

Discipline is doing what you know needs to be done, when it needs to be done, even when a little voice inside you is saying ‘don’t do it‘ or ‘you could do this later‘.

What extremely helpful tips are you ignoring and therefore suffering through the pains of regret?

What one activity could you give up weekly to make room for something you really, really want to achieve?

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  1. This is another great no bullshit post Craig. I have a hard time not checking email first thing in the morning. Simple. Everyone knows its bad. Everyone says they don’t do it. But I get sucked in from time to time and it can really throw me out of wack, especially when I’m trying to get my three hours of writing/creation or “important project” time in. Homeland is the shit though, really.

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