Being genuinely disciplined requires that you develop the ability to take action. You don’t need to be too hasty, but you also don’t want to lose much time.
The time to act is when the idea strikes us — when it is hot and the emotion is strong, before the feeling passes and the idea dims.
If you don’t, you’ll fall prey to the law of diminishing intent. A month from now, the passion will be cold—a year from now, it won’t be found.
So take action! Freak them all out!
Set up discipline when the excitement is high and your idea is clear and powerful. You’ve got to take action, otherwise the wisdom is wasted. The enthusiasm will soon pass, unless you apply it to a disciplined activity. Discipline enables you to capture the emotion and wisdom and translate that into action.
The greatest value of discipline is self-worth, also known as self-esteem.
Because once we sense a lack of discipline within ourselves, it starts to erode our psyche.
One of the greatest temptations is to ease up just a little bit.
Instead of doing your best, you allow yourself to do just a little less than your best. Sure enough, you’ve started, in the slightest way, to decrease your sense of self-worth.
There is a problem with even a little bit of neglect. Neglect starts as an infection. If you don’t take care of it, it becomes a disease—and one neglect will lead to another.
Once this has happened, how can you regain your self-respect?
Start with the smallest discipline.
Make the commitment: I will discipline myself to achieve my goals so that in the years ahead I can celebrate my successes.
Go From Making a Living to Designing a Life.
It’s about changing your life as well as changing your skills and earning more money. It’s best to invest some of that early money in lifestyle. Go to the movies. Go to a fancy dinner. Take two vacations instead of one. Think of exciting lifestyle changes.
Don’t miss anything.
Just do some little extra things so this new commitment to earning more and becoming more inspires you, your family.
With that little extra money, work at creating a lifestyle, designing a life—social friendships, church, community, country, all those things that make a composite of our overall life. Start furnishing that with new vigour, vitality, money, whatever it takes to expand your life into what I call the good life.
Get excited about changing things.
One discipline leads to another. One change leads to another. And when you feel good about yourself and start to make the turn to do something you’ve never done before, it starts to work. And then you get excited about changing other areas of your life as well.
Now, after you have made your fortune, the money and extravagance might not seem as big a deal. And fortunately you can then create even more powerful opportunities, opportunities for benevolence, philanthropy and giving.
I’m certainly not saying to focus only on external pleasures and rewards. Your relationships, health and spirituality are all of more consequence. But in the beginning, when the rewards of your hard work begin paying off, make sure and treat yourself and those closest to you to a new world of lifestyle and celebrations.
Go after it!