"Discipline is the key to freedom..."
"Make a point to do something every day that you find challenging. This is the Golden Rule for acquiring the discipline to do your utmost without questioning the desire to apply yourself to be the best; for when you want what you've never had, you must learn to do what you've never done..."
“Self-Discipline is the ability of the individual to adhere to actions, thoughts, and behaviors that result in personal improvement instead of instant gratification. A lack of self-discipline is the main reason for the failures we experience in both our personal and professional lives. It is also the underlying reason we experience disease, obesity, financial ruin, and relationship problems on a national level.”
“Lack of self discipline is a source of low self esteem.”
“Self discipline is something we all need because it is a vital characteristic of successful people.”
Another important quality we should develop in our lives is “self-discipline”. With discipline we learn to embrace positive attitudes that say: “I do this for me because I love myself and trust that I can be so much more...”
Self-discipline is a sign of maturity. Only through discipline can we accomplish our goals and dreams and can we become happier and more fulfilled human beings. Discipline transforms our attitude to: “I CAN DO IT!”
Many times we want to rebel against discipline; we may feel that discipline creates too many limitations for us and that it blocks our creativity and our desire to do whatever we want - and please - whenever we want. We may feel that it blocks our freedom. But, the opposite is true. Discipline is necessary to learn to use our time wisely; to learn to do and create more positive things in our lives; it gives us structure and helps us become better organized, more responsible, more creative, and more focused on what we want to accomplish and where we want to go. It teaches us self-mastery.
Discipline glues commitment to our goals, and structures the pathway that makes our dreams come true. It is intention put into action. We have to remember that we are the “architects” of our lives and that in order to live happy and fulfilling lives it is important for us to learn self-discipline and self-control.
Michael Janke wrote the following in his article “Discipline Deficiency and the Excuse Virus”: “Self-discipline is much like the operating systems we use for our computers. Systems like Windows 98 or Macintosh OS are what we use to direct and control every aspect of a computer’s functions. A computer without an operating system is much like a person who lacks discipline. They both have a tremendous amount of potential and power, but have no way of functioning properly. Unlike a computer, we are blessed with the gift of free will, but without self-discipline we are susceptible to the viruses of instant gratification, excuses, and bad habits.
The most common and destructive virus found in our personal operating system is the “justification virus.” As human beings, we have the tendency to justify our poor decisions by using excuses. We use the power of excuses to justify our poor performance, our attitudes, our problems, and ultimately our lack of overall happiness.
Once we begin to consciously recognize the excuses we use to justify the circumstances in our lives, we can focus our efforts towards fixing the real problem. Before we can develop the power of self-discipline, we must first take an honest and direct look at the excuses we use to justify our problems and poor daily performance. Keep in mind that as human beings we will always make mistakes and blunders, but it is through the power of self-discipline that we are able to diminish their impact on our lives.
In order to begin combating the virus of excuses, we must take a good look at some of the more common problems that exist in our lives and the excuses that we use to justify them. One of the most effective methods that you can use to identify the problems that exist in your life is to make a detailed list of your problems and excuses. By writing down this information you are able to take an objective look at what viruses are affecting your personal operating system.” (Please check Michael Janke's book: “POWER LIVING – Mastering The Art of Self-Discipline” and http://self-discipline.8m.com/).
“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.”
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
“It is not enough to have great qualities; we should also have the management of them.”
“I think the guys who are really controlling their emotions ... are going to win.”
“We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit.”
Also check: www.more-selfesteem.com/selfdiscipline.htm from www.more-selfesteem.com
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