In one of the Financial Peace University vidoes, Dave Ramsey mentioned an interesting quote.
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
When working through my own self-improvement goals, I am realizing more and more that self-discipline is the key to unlocking all of the future possibilities that can exist for me.
Through most of what I listen to or read about self-improvement, self-discipline is one of the constant themes that is interwoven into all of the stories and content.
The second part that struck me about this was that it was from the Bible.
This struck because (in case you didn’t know) the Bible is really old.
Jim Rohn says “Beware of anyone who says they have a new fundamental, that is like someone saying they manufacture antiques.”
When I see a theme in all of the books and tapes, I look for the common themes that are the oldest. If one thing runs through a lot of different content and is really old, that probably means I need to pay attention.
Self-discipline is definitely one of those few fundamentals that flows through all of the material, both old and new.
I haven’t figured out how to build the self-discipline needed to be successful (I sure am trying though, so if you know a short cut send me an email), but I do know that I am working at it and that it will be worth it.
What are you doing to improve your self-discipline? What area of your life could most use some self-discipline?
Pick one area in particular and try and take a small step forward. Try and take this step for 30 consecutive days and look at the results. You will be amazed.
Make it a great day.