Harnessing the Power of Routine and Discipline

Harnessing the Power of Routine and Discipline: Lessons from a Former Special Operations Marine

In the heart of combat zones, amidst the deafening realization of your mortality and the unyielding pressure of life-or-death decisions, an immense power overcomes your fearful consciousness, and influences your actions… 

Its the power of, routine and discipline.

As a former Special Operations Marine, my experiences, both grueling and exhilarating, imparted in me an unwavering respect for these twin pillars. Here’s why they matter and how they can shape success, regardless of the battleground you may find yourself in.

The Lifeline of Discipline

In the volatile environment of military operations, discipline isn’t just recommended – it’s vital. It’s what ensures that training kicks in when there’s no time to think, that reflexes act in the face of danger, and that a team can operate seamlessly in synchrony.

But discipline’s reach extends far beyond the battlefield. It’s the backbone of any successful endeavor. 

Whether you’re an entrepreneur navigating the tumultuous waters of business or a student striving for academic excellence, discipline ensures you stay the course.

The Predictability of Routine

In the military, routines are ingrained deeply. From the pockets we all would store out “pain management packs” in case we got shot, to the way we laced our boots, predictability served as the antidote to confusion in times of chaos. While every mission has its unpredictabilities, a solid routine sets a baseline, a return point that provides a semblance of order in all life circumstances.

In everyday life, routines have a similar grounding effect. They anchor us, ensuring that amidst life’s uncertainties, we have a structure, a plan we can stick to. They become the foundation upon which we build habits, both small and big, that lead us to our goals.

Marrying Routine and Discipline

Routine and discipline, when combined, become an unbeatable force. While routine gives you a game plan, discipline ensures you stick to it regardless of your temporary feeling.

 It’s the marriage of planning and execution.

A disciplined adherence to routine helped me survive some of the toughest challenges during my time as a Marine. Now, as a trainer and coach, I emphasize the importance of this combination to my clients, helping them unlock unparalleled potential.

Why it Matters to You

You might wonder, how does the routine of a Marine translate to, say, a corporate executive or an artist? It’s simple. At its core, this isn’t about the specific routines or the exacting discipline of military operations. It’s about the principles they represent.

  • Reliability: Knowing that come what may, there’s a structure you can rely on, which allows others to rely on you.
  • Consistency: Showing up, every single day, whether you’re faced with a daunting mission or a mundane task, consistency causes others to believe in you.
  • Resilience: Routine and discipline help you understand that setbacks are a part of the journey. These micro lessons help you  forge mental and emotional resiliency which will help you navigate troubling times. This therefore allows you to serve others in their troubling times, which is one of the greatest act of service we can provide for one another.

Know This…

As you navigate the challenges of your profession and personal life, remember the power that routine and discipline can bestow upon you. They aren’t just tools for the battlefield; they’re tools for life. With them, you can conquer any mission, no matter how insurmountable it might seem.

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Surviving a Protest: A Guide for Travelers



Introduction When visiting a foreign country, travelers often receive warnings about potential protest activities. The U.S. Department of State commonly advises its citizens to steer clear of all demonstrations due to the potential for sudden violence. However, understanding the underlying reasons for protests and identifying the primary targets can equip travelers with the knowledge to navigate these situations.


Understanding Protests Protests have seen an uptick in frequency globally. A study by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, a German organization, noted an increase in protests annually from 2006 to mid-2013. It’s essential to note that a country’s history of protests doesn’t necessarily predict the nature of its future demonstrations. Cambodia, known for its peaceful rallies, recently witnessed violent clashes. Meanwhile, in South Africa, often termed the “protest capital of the world,” many demonstrations conclude peacefully.

It’s intriguing for foreigners to observe protests as they provide insight into a country’s political dynamics. However, caution is essential. In some instances, bystanders have been injured or killed during violent episodes, such as during protests in Istanbul, Turkey, and Guangdong, China.


Recognizing Key Indicators Certain indicators can help travelers gauge the potential for and nature of protests. Anti-government protests, while predominantly targeting local law enforcement or infrastructure, can sometimes harm foreigners inadvertently. For example, in Thailand and Greece, 2010 saw anti-government protests that did not specifically target foreigners.

However, protests against another nation might directly affect associated individuals or businesses, like the anti-Chinese demonstrations in Vietnam and the anti-Israeli protests in Germany and France.

Various universal issues can trigger protests globally, such as cuts in government subsidies, allegations of electoral fraud, or perceived infringements on democratic rights.


Common Impacts on Travelers For most travelers, the most notable disruption due to protests is transportation. Protests can block roads, overload public transportation systems, and cause traffic snarls. Thankfully, many protests are publicized in advance, aiding travelers in planning alternate routes. Social media platforms often provide real-time updates on protest activities, helping both residents and visitors stay informed and make necessary adjustments.

During prolonged periods of unrest, companies have sometimes permitted employees to work remotely or even temporarily leave the affected region. While every organization must devise its own response strategy, grasping the basic dynamics of protests can inform these decisions.


For More Information For detailed analyses on recent regional protests, refer to OSAC’s various reports. Direct any queries related to this topic to OSAC’s Cross Regional Analyst.





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