Increase Your Output with Patience, Discipline and Focus: Mastery and Practice
Published by Pertti Aholanka at Shakespir
Copyright 2017 Pertti Aholanka
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There is no use sugar-coating this topic: the quality of the rest of your life hinges on your ability to apply patience, discipline and focus to it. Every moment you spend while not having mastered these three relatively simple concepts in practice, waste a lot of time in the long run. You owe it to yourself to get some discipline in your life. The lack of discipline is roughly the difference between a leaking ship and a sunken one. Some military training frameworks have some of the idea about discipline, though they fail because they have that hierarchical command line introducing dependence and thus preventing the soldier from creating a proper self-dependence by developing the highest levels of patience, discipline and focus with no one limiting and watering down the training with stuff like authority. No one besides a genuine sociopath (that ignores orders and guidelines) can reliably stay focused on their own development if they have to periodically cast it aside and temporarily submit themselves and their output to some high ranker in the end. Most people get stuck with “follow the ranking officer” and have difficulties resuming their practice of discipline. The only collective form of discipline is making excuses to not work on it.
Working on PDF skills is your own responsibility. That is because it is a part of your own emotional space that no one else can either improve or damage. That also means that unless you work on it yourself, you are going to suffer from bad PDF for the rest of your life. Your probability of being thrown into an old people home after your relatives get tired of treating your mentally and physically weak body drastically increases in the absence of PDF training. Without a disciplined approach and regular training regiments, your life is bound to be downhill from any point on.
Things like discipline, patience and focus seem simple and even easy until you spot a person who has been mastering those concepts in practice for a long time. The mere appearance of the face of that guy exemplifies the understanding of those skills. For example, that person’s eyes are non-vacant (to signify stable focus) and relaxed (patience), yet firmly forward-looking (focus, discipline), with a slightly shiny moist in the corner of its eyes (signifying carefully-managed enthusiasm, PDF). Do not let the abstractness of the emotional nature of PDF fool you into thinking it is not practical. When properly mastered, PDF takes over all previously learned tasks and enhances them with the immensely higher practical efficiency and the expanded mental durability that partially remove your personal weaknesses from the things restricting your life.
If you feel like there is nothing wrong with your feelings, you might as well close this book now. There is no way to address your emotional space for you besides by saying that you are going be sorry for not working on yourself now rather than too late. Nothing is going to convince you anyway and your environment most likely is not going to demand it. The more you watch people who actually strive higher rather than settling with little, the better you should understand how the ability to admit weakness is a legit measurement of maturity. Know that mastering patience to any extent requires you to drop every single one of your cultural and societal automatic reactions such as treating strangers badly. No amount of conditioning can help you if you can let some no-discipline activity take you over at any moment.
Patience is the art of waiting, emotional pacing and timing. In short, it is a skill of how well you can slow-react to your observations to minimize the general strain of the body and how to pick the moment of doing things at the moment that you are most ready for that particular activity.
There are countless practical outcomes that are only accessible when the moment of action is optimally chosen. For example, not reacting in ways that spike your heart rate saves you the trouble of strokes and heart-attacks later down the line, cheap early acquisitions when no one else is buying can save you tons of cash and simply saving your income for later instead of trading it for instant gratification such as concert tickets can save you a lot of effort in the long run. In terms of the whole PDF skill set, the most important things to master are to avoid hard spontaneous reactions that tend to affect your mood. Otherwise you might already be too damaged for your discipline and focus to be in any use. If you can manage to subjugate all of your reactions under your own desires, you can minimize the amount of your emotional resource waste and maximize your efficiency.
It is up to you how you condition your emotions to bow to your whims. One way to do it is to employ the classic ERP i.e. exposure and reverse prevention, which is used to treat obsessively compulsive patients. It involves getting into the situations that cause you to react and focusing on something mundane such as your breathing to break the chain of repeated behaviour patterns. It is so effective that even one successful skipped reaction often leads to the routine reaction disappearing.
Discipline applies the focus for the timing determined by your patient choice. When it comes to turning thoughts into deeds, discipline is needed. In its absence, a condition known as laziness is created. The difference between that and waiting is the presence of patience and laziness is the embodiment of a mind without any PDF. Discipline is the element that causes physical and emotional change in your body to enable you to accomplish a change in your environment, otherwise nothing is likely to happen. Mood changes and muscle tensing are common examples of the consequences of discipline in action.
Discipline does not work alone and pure discipline is quite dangerous. Stress and abrupt tissue damage are common consequences of discipline when applied without proper patience and focus. Patience paces the blood flow to minimize the damage and focus keeps the mood in check to help with the pacing. The only thing discipline does not need patience or focus is the structural and mental strength. After all, there is little to be patient or focused about if your core strength is non-existent.
Complete advice on how to train just form of strength could warrant a quite a long book if all different muscle groups, blood veins etc. were covered. Instead of reading a book, it is best that you carefully develop those strengths and your PDF skills by yourself. The forms of strength for you to train are:
1) muscle strength of the muscles you can control,
2) the endurance of the muscles you cannot control,
3) tendon stretching (they are very important for their specific uses),
4) blood circulation (increases your muscle coordination and muscle health),
5) mental fortitude (increases your ability to contain and tolerate emotional conflict)
6) wisdom (your mental strength),
7) mind and body coordination (reduces emotional friction and reacting delay) and
8) stretching in general (embodies patient discipline).
Being weak is not anti-discipline, though not trying to do anything about it is. There is always going to be some lack of discipline even in the most disciplined people. Just the mood of seeking weakness to do away is enough to provide you with some mental sharpness to see that pitfalls of a weak person in advance and let you avoid them. That is the power of trying to better. All in all, developing discipline is a process you most likely do not want to stray from in order to maximize your success in life.
Focus is an art of awareness and determination. It is the most abstract part of PDF, yet it is needed as a synergy. Humans, like most mammals, need exactly one object to focus on in order to feel most natural. Having nothing to focus on is maddening and that is the basis of white torture. Having multiple things to focus on can be facilitated with attention training techniques (ATT), though nothing changes the one-at-a-time limit of the focus and multiple sources of sensations can escalate into stressing and mental break down. Use your one focus wisely, because you have to.
You need to maintain awareness towards what you are focused on to not lose focus. Awareness is how well something and its surroundings are in your mind. If you lose your awareness, your focus is practically gone. That is why getting bored of something destroys your ability to do anything with it. Focus is a major synergy factor that can turn against your interests and override infinite amounts of patience and discipline. A deep personal motive is usually enough to keep the focus from waning too much. That is also why it is linked to determination. You can use patience to your advantage by choosing the moment of action that you are going to feel most determined to do things. People often apply this fact by doing work at the last possible moment with the help of high personal urgency. To do tasks as soon as possible, some PDF is required. It is all about awareness. If you keep the urgency away and work on it while casually monitoring the progress of the work and do not try to postpone and push out the work to do from your mind, it is not so bad. The real stress from undone work comes from repeatedly trying to push a complex abstract item like that form in and out of the mind: in to keep it in memory and out to save that memory. It probably comes from the practice where a teacher asks you to drop everything you are doing and to focus exclusively on it and your subconscious mind is telling you that you need to leave room for your other stuff. Unconditional actions are not very mind-friendly and cause long-term pain if insisted on. Trying to do something that is very hard for the mind leads to worrying and worrying leads to stressing that cripples your mental capabilities.
You could refer to focus as your management of your mood and your state of mind. Having a workable mood makes it much easier to pick a perfect timing and lowers the discipline requirement for a successful outcome. By understanding that your mood is derived by what thoughts you emotionally focus on, you can easily optimize your mood by keeping your mind on the right things. Most common people can have their mood broken by a single unpleasant signal, so you need to be able to ignore any observation or social message to not collapse your temple of PDF. You can do that by building mental resistance through boring, extensive exercises. For example, if you condition yourself to not be fazed by two hours of repetitive computer solitaire or listening to reversed recordings that sound like gibberish, you might be able to develop enough mental density to ignore distractions.
No book is worth dying over. Mr. Aholanka writes his ideas, as he has been blessed to have a time to carefully develop them and to write them down for this bona fide piece. He thinks exercising and not being led on by unworthy fools trying to take your money are very important in life. He is a quiet Finnish guy who likes keeping things simple and efficient. This book took about four hours out of three days to write.
It is a brief detailing of why patience, discipline and focus (PDF) are very important in vastly improving your success in life. All these characteristics can be trained as arts. Patience is the art timing, pacing and waiting, discipline is the art of actualization and deploying strength and movement and focus is a general-purpose emotional synergy skill and the art of moods. The goal of mastering these arts is to make you more efficient, less weak, more powerful and less vulnerable to a bad mood.