My Discipline Challenge – Day 1

Winning internal freedom through 30 days of discipline.

Written by on July 10, 2016

Published in Manliness

Modern society has us messed up in many ways. One of those ways is what it really means to be free.

Generally speaking, freedom is very misunderstood. When I say freedom, I’m not talking about freedom as a political system. And I’m not talking about freedom as some concept or idea. I’m talking about freedom as a state-of-being. An experience of life.

These days, freedom has been marketed as:

  • “I’ll eat what I want.”
  • “I’ll drink what I want.”
  • “I’ll do what I want.”

On the surface, this seems like freedom. But it’s not. Because very few people are actually in-charge within themselves. Most are filled with compulsiveness. They are compulsive, so they drink. They are compulsive, so they smoke. They are compulsive, so they eat unhealthy foods. They are compulsive, so they’re lazy. Etc.

Life ends up becoming a series of compulsions. Day-in, day-out, feeding the compulsions. And over time, the results of their compulsions start to stack-up. They become fat, ill, aged, unhappy, and miserable. They lose touch with their highest intentions, visions, and goals. They start getting pushed around by life and life becomes a chore.

These are the results that freedom labeled as compulsiveness bring.

What it really means to be free

The truth is, freedom is attained only when compulsiveness is gone. The more compulsions you have, the less free you are. Because freedom means you have the ability to choose. And compulsions take away that ability away. Instead of being able to choose what you want to do, and who you want to be, you have compulsions pushing you around in directions you don’t necessarily want to go.

Freedom is attained only when compulsiveness is gone.

Compulsions are your prison.

When you are free, truly free, you have the ability to take the reins of your life. You gain the ability to:

  • Create this moment the way you want.
  • Create yourself the way you want.
  • Build your life the way you want.

Freedom means you’re in-charge. YOU. Nothing is pushing you. If you want to sit, you sit. If you want to lift, you lift. If you want to play, you play. You’re in-charge.

The good news? The creator of your prisons is you.

The bad news? The creator of your prisons, is you.

You’re both the warden, and the inmate.

Freedom comes through discipline

Freedom comes though discipline because discipline shatters compulsiveness. It breaks the bonds. In order to shed your compulsions, discipline is required. Discipline means you have an unwavering commitment. You’ve made the master decision to take a journey out of the prison, no matter how the journey gets.

The prison door is open and you had the key all along. The only question is, are you willing to walk through the open door? Are you willing to take a journey? Are you willing to enter unknown and unfamiliar terrain?

Something within you can’t stand prisons. You want power within yourself and you want freedom. So what’s holding you back?

Breaking Free

It has been well established that breaking a habit takes roughly 21 days. To walk out of old behaviors it’s at least a 21 day journey.

It always drove me crazy knowing I could be anything I wanted to be… except I couldn’t. Compulsions and weakness were stopping me. Old habits, old ways of being, being entangled in the old.

I’ve been on the journey of self-mastery for many years now and it’s time to take it to the next level.

Here’s what I mean…

My Discipline Challenge: July 10th – August 10th, 2016

I will be winning my freedom through discipline. There are a few specific things I’ll be doing, and not doing over the next 30 days.

What I won’t be doing for the next 30 days:

  • NoPorn: I basically unshackled myself from porn a couple years ago. However, occasionally I’ll slip up and engage in the beta cuckoldry that it is. For the next 30 days, I’m recommitting to NoPorn.
  • NoFap: This one has been harder. Masturbation is something that almost every little boy starts doing at a fairly young age. Modern society makes it very easy to never stop. We are constantly bombarded with sexuality. I’m not against it, but it makes it tough to break the addiction to masturbation. For the next 30 days, I’m committing to NoFap.
  • NoSex: I’ve playing around with NoFap challenges for quite some time now. I usually fail because I have sex and the sexual juices are reignited within me once again. I want to be free from sexual compulsion. I feel I’ll evolve as a man because of it. For the next 30 days, I’m recommitting to NoSex.
  • NoSugar: Sugar is a tough one. It’s in almost everything and it’s easy to end up consuming more and more of it once you let things slide. Obviously sugar is horrible for you in almost every way imaginable. That’s why for the next 30 days, I’m committing to NoSugar.
  • NoGrains: This one is an experiment for me. I’ve read a lot about the paleo diet and played around with it some in the past. Problem is, I would usually ‘cheat’ after a week or 2. I want to go a full 30 days and see how I feel. For the next 30 days, I’m committing to NoGrains.
  • NoArtificalStuff: Along the same lines as NoGrains, I want to eliminate artificial stuff from my diet. This means artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners. This is part of the paleo test I’m trying out. For the next 30 days, I’m committing to NoArtificalStuff.
  • NoDairy: Again, this about giving the paleo diet a fair shot. I anticipate that NoDairy is going to be tough for me simply because I really really love yogurt, whey protein, and protein bars. Oh well. Time to feel what life’s like without them. For the next 30 days, I’m committing to NoDairy.
  • NoAlcohol&Drugz: This one I already have on lock down. I don’t really drink these days and after spending about 2 years of my life high 24/7, I’m completely weed free. I’ve also played around recently with the prescription focus drug Modafinil. But for the next 30 days, I’m committing to NoAlcohol&Druz.

Now let’s focus on the positive.

Here’s what I will be doing for the next 30 days:

  • Perfect Paleo: I’ll be eating eggs, meat, vegetables, and fruit exclusively. I really want to focus on juicing and blending lots of vegetables and seeing how much energy and vitality I can gain from it. For the next 30 days, I’m committing to Perfect Paleo.
  • Cold Showers: I’ve been doing cold showers for about 2 years now. It’s one of the daily practices that I swear by. They make you strong internally (I’ll write more on this in the future). There will be nothing but Cold Showers for the next 30 days.
  • 25 Lifting Sessions: Weight training is something I’m committed to for life. There are just way too many benefits not to do it. I have this one on lock-down, but it’s worth mentioning that in the next 30 days, I will lift weights 25 Lifting Sessions that are at least 30 minutes long.
  • 20 Cardio Sessions: I love cardio. It clears my mind and makes me feel like a god. Nothing makes me feel better than running up and down stairs, doing Jiu Jitsu, or riding my bike. In the next 30 days, I will be doing 20 Cardio Sessions that are at least 30 minutes long.
  • 30 Meditation Sessions: I meditate every morning and usually at night as well. This entire website is the result of my meditation practice. It wouldn’t exist without it. Nothing new, but for the next 30 days I will engage in at least 30 Meditation Sessions.
  • 30 Writing Sessions: I want to become a really, really good writer. Obviously, I need to write write write and write some more. So that’s what I’m going to do. Everyday, for the next 30 days, I’ll be writing at least 500 words. You might see a lot of it posted on this site. 🙂
  • 30 Business Building Sessions: I’m an entrepreneur and nothing is more important to me right now than continuing to build my businesses. I don’t like taking breaks on the weekend because I hate losing momentum. Because of this, I’m committing to putting in a minimum of 4 hours/day of solid Business Building Sessions in the next 30 days.

You’re probably thinking that this is a bit extreme. That’s because it is! This is really extreme, especially when you compare it with how most people live.

The thing is, most people aren’t fulfilled. Most people aren’t bubbling with energy. Most people aren’t creating businesses. Most people have unhealthy and fat bodies.

I’m committed to being my best. My fullest potential and nothing less. And I’ll do whatever it takes.

Also, it’s worth noting that I’ve built up a ton of internal power over the years through meditation, lifting weights, cold showers, and somewhat disciplined eating. This challenge won’t be easy, but I know I can do it.

What I’m looking forward to

Obviously this is about building more internal power and having a greater command over the direction of my life. Nothing feels better than being in-charge of yourself. Nothing. And nothing is more important.

But beyond that, I’m excited to see just how much progress I can make on Untroubled & Strong and my inbound marketing agency, Gromode. I feel I’m going to have much more creative energy to put into both projects. Business is my #1 priority in life and I’ll do whatever it takes to succeed.

I’m also excited to see how much body fat I can shed. I’m around 13% body fat right now and It would be awesome to drop that down to 10%. 8-10% is where the aesthetic appeal skyrockets for men. You go ‘good’ to GREAT which is a huge jump.

I’m also very curious to see how my body responds to all of this. How will my energy levels be? Will I be able to reduce my sleep quota? Will my skin and hair improve?

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

I’m looking forward to this challenge. It’s not going to be easy, but with where I’m at in life, I feel it will be worth it. I’ll keep you all updated so subscribe below!

About Marcus Creed

Hey, I'm Marcus, creator of Untroubled & Strong. Untroubled & Strong is about finding your center, your core, the strongest version of yourself… embracing it and being it, full-time, moment to moment. Join me on the journey. Subscribe below.