For a long time I struggled with balancing comfort and discipline. The truth is that I’m 1000% happier when I’m disciplined and moving towards my vision in life. I’m so much happier when I’m on the “edge”. The “edge” is when I’m in the zone and being impeccable with my actions. It’s when I’m holding myself to an outstanding standard.
Every once in a while though, it would feel as if I was being too hard on myself. So my immediate response was to seek distraction and comfort through junk food or other non-important/non-urgent activities. I would inevitably feel mediocre and thus go down a spiral of self-destructive behavior.
“A warrior trains and trains and only indulges in comfort and pleasure in ways that leave his edge intact.” – Maximillian Giamarco
It took me a long time to realize that indulging in recklessness and/or pleasurable activities for the sake of pleasure NEVER leaves you feeling fulfilled. What leaves me feeling fulfilled is knowing what I want, why I want it and to GET AFTER IT. When I’m in the zone and am disciplined with my behavior, that is when I feel the most fulfilled…
Thus any indulgences must be kept at bay. Entertainment, junk food, and other sources of instantaneous pleasure dull my edge. The only way to engage in these types of activities is to do them deliberately and consciously (meaning you plan them in advance). They should NEVER be done at the expense of your edge. NEVER.
From this moment on, I vow to stay in my edge…to stay disciplined and to move forward with my eyes on my vision, purpose and plan of action. That is where I find fulfillment. And if I choose to indulge in comfort and/or other distractions, I will do them with discipline as to keep my edge intact.