Self-discipline is often lacking when it comes to trying to transcend addiction. However, there are many hacks one can use to increase discipline, including boosting dopamine, creating a compelling future vision, and much more. Matt Finch and Chris Scott share some epic hacks for increasing massive amounts of self-discipline to transcend addiction and achieve any other goals as well.
Self-discipline is the ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses.
It’s the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it.
The main problem is that quitting drugs or alcohol leads to dopamine deficiency, and this deficiency makes it much harder to use self-discipline.
Chris Scott calls dopamine the ‘Discipline Neurotransmitter’, and for good reason.
By increasing dopamine, upgrading your mental models, and using other strategies, you can foster and increase your amount of self-discipline and thus radically increase your chances of transcending addiction for good.
Here are the main topics discussed in this episode:
- Self-discipline overview
- Importance of having self-discipline to transcend addiction
- How it’s easier to have discipline to achieve a goal that you’re very passionate about
- How a clear, compelling vision of your future goal being achieved can increase discipline
- How Matt became an excellent guitarist and surfer by using self-discipline
- How Chris grew up learning about self-discipline from his father, friends, and other role models
- How to rewire your brain for discipline instead of instant gratification
- Why dopamine is the ‘Discipline Neurotransmitter’
- Dopamine depletion when quitting drugs or alcohol
- Importance of increasing dopamine when quitting drugs or alcohol
- Prescription medications for increasing dopamine used short-term under the prescription of a doctor
- Natural ways to increase dopamine production
- David Goggins as a role model for increasing self-discipline
- Jocko Willink’s saying “Discipline equals freedom”
- Harm reduction vs total abstinence
- Taking things one baby step at a time vs changing everything right away
- Consistency and how to keep going and making progress
- Having too much discipline and not enough self-compassion
- Buddhist psychology
- Importance of self-compassion
- How to not beat yourself up while also demanding greatness from yourself
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