“Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It require you to connect today’s actions to tomorrow’s results. There’s a season for sowing a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which.” ~ Gary Ryan Blair
Discipline has become far too negative a word in our society. And discipline is what teaches self-discipline, a trait sadly lacking in far too many people.
The number one reason for failure in my classes is not lack of knowledge. It’s not lack of desire, nor lack of ability. It’s lack of self-discipline. It’s the one thing I try to instill, and it’s a very difficult thing to do, because it must ultimately come from within.
A number of students have told me that they learned self-discipline the hard way: either in the penal system or the military. At least they learned it is all I can say. But can this really be the only way?
I do have incredible self-discipline, but I find I can’t discipline myself in all areas all the time. I can work an impossible work load and get it all done or I can discipline my eating habits. Sadly, I haven’t figured out how to do both. I’m still working on it, though, because the more disciplined, the better. But we also have to work on not beating ourselves up. Hell, even Teddy Roosevelt told a visiting dignitary he could control his daughter Alice or run the country, but he couldn’t possibly do both.
One of the golden keys to success is self-discipline. Great advice, but where’s the how? There’s the rub. Hopefully sometime in the near future, I can post on that. In the meantime, please feel free to share tips in the comments section!