If there is one critical ingredient for your successful quest for both wealth and happiness, it is discipline. And yet when it comes to this concept, most people reject it as they conjure images of everything from a tough drill sergeant to a strict schoolteacher waving a ruler.
Yet I assure you that the acquisition of discipline holds the key to your dreams and aspirations. Surprised? Then perhaps we should take a moment to define what is meant by discipline.
Discipline is the bridge between thought and accomplishment . . . the glue that binds inspiration to achievement . . . the magic that turns financial necessity into the creation of an inspired work of art.
Discipline comes to those with the awareness that for a kite to fly it must rise against the wind; that all good things are achieved by those who are willing to swim upstream; that drifting aimlessly through life only leads to bitterness and disappointment.
Discipline is the foundation on which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure.
Yet, curiously, many do not associate lack of discipline with lack of success. Most people envision failure as one earth-shattering event, such as a company going bankrupt or a house being repossessed.
This, however, is not how failure happens. Failure is rarely the result of some isolated event. Rather, it is a consequence of a long list of accumulated little failures which happen as a result of too little discipline.
Failure occurs each time we fail to think . . . today, act . . . today, care, strive, climb, learn, or just keep going . . . today.
If your goal requires that today you write ten letters and you write only three, you are behind by seven letters . . . today.
If you commit yourself to making five phone calls and you make only one, you are behind by four phone calls . . . today.
If your financial plan requires that you save ten dollars and you save none, you are behind ten dollars . . . today.
The danger comes when we look at a day squandered and conclude that no harm has been done. After all, it was just one day. But add up these days to make a year and then add up these years to make a lifetime and perhaps you can now see how repeating today’s small failures can easily turn your life into a major disaster.
Success follows exactly the same pattern . . . in reverse. If you plan to make ten calls and you go beyond your quota to fifteen, you’re ahead by five phone calls . . . today. Do the same with your correspondence and your savings plan and soon you’ll see the accumulated fruits of your diligence over a year and, eventually, over a lifetime.
Discipline is the master key. It unlocks the door to wealth and happiness, culture and sophistication, high self-esteem and high accomplishment, and the accompanying feelings of pride, satisfaction, and success.
What does it take to acquire discipline?
First, it requires that you develop an awareness of the importance of discipline in your life. Start by asking yourself:
- “What do I want to accomplish in my life?
- What changes do I need to make in order to attain my goals?”
Second, ask yourself honestly:
“Am I willing to do what it takes?” If you answer “yes,” then you need to make a long-term commitment to maintain your discipline wisely, deliberately, consistently.
Finally, your commitment will be tested when circumstances emerge that could interfere with your commitment to your new discipline — when you will have to perform, come rain or come shine.
Certainly discipline will do much for you. But of even greater importance is what it will do to you. It will make you feel terrific about yourself.
Even the smallest discipline can have an incredible effect on your attitude. And the good feeling you get — that surging feeling of self-worth which comes from starting a new discipline — is almost as good as the feeling which comes from the accomplishment of the discipline.
A new discipline immediately changes the direction of your life, like a ship turning in mid-ocean and heading toward a new destination.
There are those who believe that discipline is unnatural — that just being is enough. They consider the need to accomplish to be a neurotic, man-made exercise. But the fact is that discipline cooperates with nature — where everything strives.
How tall will a tree grow? It fights the powerful force of gravity and keeps reaching toward sunlight to become as tall as it can be. True, this striving by a tree is not a conscious act
— trees don’t have brains. But you and I have been given the ability to consciously choose to strive and to become all that we can be.
Discipline attracts opportunity. Exciting opportunities invariably come to those who have developed skills and who have the ambition to act. And those who through discipline and commitment set their sights high will grab on to opportunities that forever remain unseen by more timid souls.
Discipline is that unique process of intelligent thought and activity that puts a lid on temper and a faucet on courtesy . . . that develops positive action and controls negative thoughts that encourages success and refuses to accept failure . . . that promotes health and curbs sickness.
Anyone can begin the process of being disciplined. You can do it by degrees, one Step at a time.
The exciting news is . . .
YOU CAN START . . . TODAY!
Don’t say, “If I could, I would.” Say instead, “If I would, I could . . . If I will, I can!”
So start the new process and start small. And then learn to stick with your new commitment. Out of this seemingly unimportant beginning you’ll learn how it feels to be disciplined. And from there, the sky’s the limit.
Action vs. Self-Delusion
In recent years there have been a number of books which promote the idea that if one verbally affirms what one wants on a daily basis, success will magically emerge.
I’m completely opposed to this mode of thinking. In my experience, affirmations without the discipline to act upon those things which are affirmed cause men and women to delude themselves into thinking they’re making progress when, in fact, their daily activity leads them nowhere.
Why do people say one thing and then act in direct contradiction to their affirmations?
The man who dreams of wealth and yet walks daily toward certain financial disaster and the woman who wishes for happiness and yet thinks thoughts and commits acts that lead her toward certain despair are both victims of the false hope which affirmations tend to manufacture. Why? Because words soothe and, like a narcotic, they lull us into a state of complacency.
Remember this: TO MAKE PROGRESS YOU MUST ACTUALLY GET STARTED!
So, to have a prosperous life, start a prosperity plan.
- To become wealthy, develop a “wealthy” plan. Remember, you don’t have to be wealthy to have a wealth plan;
- A person without any means can have a “becoming rich” plan.
There are so many other types of plans which you can create:
- If you are ill, start a health plan.
- Do you feel tired all the time? Then start an energy plan.
- Feel a bit under-educated? That’s right! Start an education plan.
- You say you can’t? Then start an “I cart” plan. ANYONE CAN!
Even a bad person can start reading good books. The key is to take a step . . . today. Whatever the project, start TODAY.
- Start clearing out a drawer of your newly organized desk . . . today.
- Start setting your first goal . . . today
- Start listening to motivational cassettes . . . today.
- Start a sensible weight-reduction plan . . . today.
- Start calling on one tough customer a day . . . today.
- Start putting money in your new “investment for fortune” account . . . today.
- Write a long-overdue letter . . . today
What the heck! Get some momentum going on your new commitment for the good-life. See how many activities you can pile on your new commitment to the better life. Go all out!
Break away from the downward pull of gravity. Start your thrusters going. Prove to yourself that the waiting is over and the hoping is past — that faith and action have now taken charge.
It’s a new day, a new beginning for your new life. With discipline you will be amazed at how much progress you’ll be able to make. What have you got to lose except the guilt and fear of the past?
Now, I offer you the next challenge: Make this — the first day of your new beginning — a part of the week of new beginnings.
Go ahead, see how many things you can start and continue in this, your week of new beginnings.
Then, make this the month of new beginnings . . . and then the year of new beginnings. By the time you’ve completed your first year you’ll never again be claimed by the past — past habits, past influences, past regrets, past failures. As the Bible says, you’ll now be ready to “fly with the eagles.”
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