Discipline is Freedom

For a South Asian woman, Discipline is Freedom.

“Self-discipline is a form of freedom. Freedom from laziness and lethargy, freedom from the expectations and demands of others, freedom from weakness and fear—and doubt.
Self-discipline allows a pitcher to feel his individuality, his inner strength, his talent. He is master of, rather than a slave to, his thoughts and emotions.” H.A. Dorfman The Mental ABCs of Pitching

“You may not have connections, or an education, or come from a family with wealth, but with enough passion, sweat and *self-discipline*, you can make anything happen” Gary Vaynerchuk

Great news to share:
Just by spending 1/2 hour daily, one of our participants has discovered her passion and has decided to become a “Professional Organizer.”
Her own success story is amazing, where she cut down from 5 hours daily to 1/2 hour daily to organize and clean her household with 3 young children and a husband while working full time.
We know that she can do anything that she sets her mind to because she lost 40 lbs in the matter of a few months.
Cheers to her success!

“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.

Then there are some who are finding these e-mails to be inspirational.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, that’s a good spot to be in.

“If I am willing to do what is easy, life will be hard. If I am willing to do what is hard, life will be easy.” Jim Rohn

The definition of self-discipline is the ability to get yourself to take action regardless of your emotional state. It is the ability of the individual to adhere to actions, thoughts, and behaviors that result in personal improvement instead of instant gratification.

“The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.” E.M. Gray

Brian Tracy writes that you can Start, Stop, Increase or Decrease the activities that are not serving you because everything helps or hurt, gives or takes away.

“Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do.” Napoleon Hill

The five pillars of self-discipline are: Acceptance, Willpower, Hard Work, Industry, and Persistence. If you take the first letter of each word, you get the acronym “A WHIP” — a convenient way to remember them, since many people associate self-discipline with whipping themselves into shape.

Michael Anthony Janke’s online article summarizes his book Power Living – Mastering The Art of Self-Discipline. We have only selected excerpts of his article from the Internet.

Four keys to self-discipline:

Self-Control – The act of controlling our emotions, actions, thoughts, words, and personal direction.

Motivation – The “fire inside”, that fuels our efforts and makes accomplishments worth achieving.

Persistence – The ability to continue through adversity. The ability to brush off failure and stay focused on our goals.

Goals – Those tangible achievements that breed motivation and form our definitions of happiness and success.

Say no to destructive feelings, uncontrolled cravings, and selfish desires. Control your emotions, actions, words, and thoughts. Once we stop succumbing to every whim, craving, and desire we have; we live in a society where it is hard NOT to be fat, lazy, unhealthy, drugged up, bankrupt, depressed, or emotionally unstable. We have created so many conveniences, trends, wants, and erratic behaviors through advertising and mass media, that we are brainwashed to crave things. If you try to go “cold-turkey” on all of your cravings, habits, and behaviors, you will surely fail.

Here is a step by step description of this self-control technique:

1. Personal Inventory – Find a quiet and private place to sit down with a paper and pen. Begin taking a day by day inventory of your bad habits and destructive cravings.

2. Start Small – Begin reducing each habit or craving a little each day. Keep a journal of your progress and talk to yourself about the benefits of eliminating destructive behaviors.

3. Self-Denial – Start by denying yourself a certain pleasure each day. Target a daily activity like excessive eating or watching television.

4. Keep a Schedule – Make a to-do list and stick to it for a change. Make a commitment to write a daily schedule and accomplish every task.

5. Review – At the end of each day, sit down and critique your performance. Mentally re-live how you exercised self-control over your cravings and habits.

Another very effective technique is called the power band. This method involves wearing a piece of colored string or rubber band around your wrist to constantly remind yourself of the habit or craving you are going to control today. Take a large rubber band and write the bad habit or behavior that you wish to focus on for this particular day, and wear it around your wrist to constantly remind you of your control. I have personally seen this method change the lives of many people. Visualize in your mind that this rubber band empowers you with self-control that flows through your whole body. Every time you are faced with a certain thought, action, or environment that stimulates this craving or bad behavior, look to the power band for help. Remember that the power of your mind is the most important ally you have in the battle for self-control.

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” Jim Rohn

Discipline is Freedom


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