Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual
What would your life look like if you had the freedom to do whatever you want? Would it be all relaxation and goofing off? Spontaneity and fun? Probably not. In fact, it would probably involve a greater degree of discipline and structure than you have previously imagined. If that sounds counterintuitive, you’re going to want to keep reading.
Former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink’s third book, the Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual, is a tactical guide to the practices and philosophies he has employed in his own life. Through them, he has thrived in his combat career, excelled in civilian business, run a successful gym for a decade, and rocketed to the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list.
Discipline Equals Freedom. A man’s entire philosophy boiled down to 3 words.
At 190 pages it isn’t meant to waste your time and that’s why I like Jocko’s writing.
He stays disciplined even within his writing.
The book is broken into 2 parts: Thoughts and Actions. Part I (Thoughts) discusses his philosophy and Part II (Actions) discusses physical conditioning (diet, stretching, etc.).
There is also a bonus appendix with very, very detailed workouts for different levels of physical condition (i.e. beginner to advanced).
What most impressed me about this book was Jocko’s ability to discuss a topic in detail and then summarize it succinctly in one line.
This is his gift and he uses it in almost every chapter.
Glory in solitude.
Curse the warmth of the bed.
All of these ideas, and others, are included in Part I (Thoughts) of this field manual.
This isn’t your typical motivational book. Although it does contain a comprehensive workout guide, Discipline Equals Freedom is more than a workout book.
It is a manifesto against personal weakness and excuse making; a step-by-step guide to reshaping the person you are into the person you wish to be.
Jocko even used the book himself after the recent passing of his best friend in a tragic accident.
He lives it and I hope you can take some inspiration from this book to live closer to your truth. With that being said, I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the book:
I hope you enjoy Discipline Equals Freedom as much as I did. You can get it here on Amazon!