Words of wisdom from an elite U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot. All your struggle to find the motivation to do something is bullshit. Build discipline, especially the discipline to do what you MUST DO even when that is unpalatable or it makes you uncomfortable. In a culture drowning in feelings, the feeling you should want is the one where you get to take pride in your right thinking that leads to right action, even when throughout the whole chain — from thought to outcome — you wished there was another way.

Take care of yourself. Get the losers out of your life. Take care of and love your family and friends. Cut the drugs, alcohol, and poor quality food. Train daily, even if all you do is walk and pushups. Gotta start somewhere.

In real life, when fear, fatigue, and doubt set in, no speech can provide the motivation you need to keep going. The only thing you and your team can rely on is discipline.

Discipline Equals Freedom” is Jocko Willink’s formula for achieving success. I worked with Jocko in Iraq, where he preached the importance of discipline as commander of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated special operations unit of the war. Now I work with Jocko at the leadership consulting company Echelon Front, and he still talks about discipline. He says it is the most important characteristic; the root of all other qualities. He’s right, and he’s not alone in his thoughts.

Discipline is cherished in the Marine Corps. We cultivate it in everything we do, from how we fight to how we dress, cut our hair, and clean our rooms.