As commander of US Navy SEAL Team 3’s “Task Unit Bruiser,” the most highly decorated special-operations unit of the Iraq War, Jocko Willink knows what it takes to perform to your ultimate while under pressure.
To reach the top of his profession and then become a popular podcast host, Willink created the mantra ‘discipline equals freedom’.
Willink recently told Business Insider 5 hacks anyone can adopt in the next 24 hours to build discipline and foster better well-being, health, and career prospects.
Check out the 5 hacks below:
1. Wake up early
Willink said: “That nice, soft pillow, and the warm blanket, and it’s all comfortable and no one wants to leave that comfort — but if you can wake up early in the morning, get a head start on everyone else that’s still sleeping, get productive time doing things that you need to do — that’s a huge piece to moving your life forward.”
2. Prepare your gym clothes tonight
Willink: “Just do some kind of workout. Doesn’t matter if it’s going for a walk around the block, going for a jog, doing some calisthenics, lifting weights, going to a pool and swimming — you name it. But do something that gets your blood flowing and gets your mind in the game.”
3. Finish making tomorrow’s to-do list before you go to bed
“Don’t think in the morning,” Willink said. “That’s a big mistake that people make. They wake up in the morning and they start thinking. Don’t think. Just execute the plan. The plan is the alarm clock goes off, you get up, you go work out. Get some.”
4. Make use of extra-short power naps
“So if you’re going to wake up early all the time, and you’re working hard, and you’re working out, sometimes you’re going to get tired,” Willink said. “It’s OK. It’s acceptable — somewhat. We’re all human, unfortunately.”
5. Ignore your office’s free food
“It’s really easy,” Willink states, “Don’t eat. Don’t eat the donuts. Don’t eat the bagels. Don’t eat the slab of pizza.”
“We have food all around us all the time, and if we haven’t eaten for three hours we think we’re starving,” he said. “You’re not starving. Human beings can go for 30 days without food.”