Why does it feel good to discipline yourself?
Just like it feels good for a woman to let loose, to open up, to feel free in following her man’s lead, it feels good for a man to lead, to take charge, to be in control. But his ultimate control is the control of his life, his destiny. This control starts with discipline by day—every day. And it feels good because the masculine feels free in controlling himself. He gains freedom through strength.
Why do you think the NoFap movement is liberating for so many men?
Because keeping our semen inside our body makes us more confident, energetic, focused, motivated, attractive, and social? Because sperm retention vitalizes our “spiritual life force” and “masculine sexual energy”? Or because serum testosterone levels increase after a week of non-ejaculation (see Ming et al., 2003)? All these causes may well apply (or not), but I would frame it like this: When you stop having orgasms, you start controlling yourself—you strengthen your willpower, you develop discipline, and you feel fearlessly invincible as you keep your dick in check. You experience freedom through strength.
Why do you think cold showers feel so good?
Because the cold shock response elicits norepinephrine release, reduces inflammation, and activates mitochondrial biogenesis? Certainly. But also because the self-conquest and deep breathing give you a strong sense of control. When you get out of a cold shower with deep breaths and total skin tensity, you know you have just successfully disciplined yourself. You feel victory and pride and freedom through strength.
Why do you think it feels good to work out and eat healthy?
Because they optimize your physiological being? Yes. But also because you know that you are the optimizer, you are the Will that forges your body into an epitome of strength and discipline. You feel good because every battle at the gym is your victory and because every nutritious meal prepares you for a next battle, a next victory, a next meeting with liberty.
Why do you think it feels good to work hard, to get things done, and to accomplish goals?
Because of the fruits it will bear, the money you will make, the success you will achieve? Maybe. But even more rewarding is the state of inner peace you reach when you sit there in sweat and exhaustion, looking at your worked off to-do list, your finished product, or your brilliant creation. Doing, building, and creating make you feel good because when you take action, you fuck the world. When you waste your time or procrastinate, you feel bad because you feel weak-willed and unworthy of the time—of the life—you have been given. Conversely, when you fuck the world with your discipline, you feel good because you experience freedom through strength.
It is important to cherish that freedom, to dwell in that moment for a while, and to embrace your pride.
Do you sometimes manically sprint from goal to goal, trying to build success upon success without ever pausing——to breathe, to take in the joy of discipline?
This is what I do:
I do my True Will, no more, no less, and when I am done getting things done, I practice being: I practice being grateful for the power of my will that granted me to take action and exert self-control. I practice being grateful for the masculine energy that flows through my body. And I practice being present in the moment while I breathe in silence or walk in the woods.