Discipline – The Secret Ingredient of Success
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”- Jim Rohn
“Discipline is based on pride, on meticulous attention to details, and on mutual respect and confidence. Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of the goal or the fear of failure.” – Gary Ryan Blair
Discipline is the most crucial factor in accomplishing your goals. If you are undisciplined then do not expect your goals, visions, or aspirations to be manifested. Discipline is the force which belies, drives, and empowers your persistence in achieving your goals. Discipline is required since there will be opposing forces to the accomplishment of your goals, visions, and aspirations. This is because pre-existing systems, thoughts, and ideas will almost always resist new, cutting-edge, dynamic or innovative ones. It is then up to you, the innovative and creative individual, to have total belief in the new system that you have created and to employ all your resources, abilities, talents and power to overcome these obstacles.
Discipline is not only important for maintaining drive or persistence, but it is also important for maintaining focus. I have heard that a “talented person without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates.” That is because this person, who may be talented or intelligent, do not know if he/she is going forward or backward. That person do not have the discipline to focus or channel their talent or intelligence so that he/she can gain the success or achievement that person desires. Discipline allows you to focus on your goals and desired irrespective of personal discomfort, disappointments, discouragements or lack of self-gratification. A person who is disciplined is focused regardless of the circumstance or situation.
Your internal power or strength needs to be developed by discipline. When you learn how to not readily succumb to your proclivities and desires, you develop your internal capacity to channel the power within you to achieve and accomplish what you desire. Your mind will be able to focus its attention on achieving your goals since it will not be a slave to the baser self’s destructive, sabotaging, or addictive habits. This explains why Frank Herbert states the following: “Seek freedom and be captive of your desire. Seek discipline and find your liberty.”
Here are some tips to developing and maintaining discipline:
- Write a to-do list everyday and try to stick to it.
- Instead of using credit cards to purchase items while at the mall, carry a certain amount of money with you. This will stop you from over spending.
- If you eat a dessert everyday, try to forgo this course for a day or two.
When you cultivate discipline or self-control, you are showing and telling yourself that you love and respect it to the extent that you will reject those things that it desires, which are destructive and sabotaging to it. This explains why Abraham J. Heschel stated that “[s]elf respect is the fruit of discipline; the source of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.”
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