What is Discipline really?

By Jeff Drake:

I was at a conference a few weeks ago and Bob Proctor was one of the keynote speakers.  He deeply connected with the audience of over 7,000 people.  It was massively impactful for me.  He defined the word discipline for me in a way I’d never been taught.  He talk about discipline first with reference to what he used to think it was…he described being in the military and having to march for hours and some of the time holding his rifle over his head as he marched.  He hated it…they called it discipline.  That’s what he thought discipline was.  Later in life he discovered that was not truly discipline, it was really a form of external control and punishment.  “Success in any area of life calls for the right kind of discipline”‘, Bob said.  He went on to say something that’s worth writing down, pondering personally and finding the areas in your life where you can apply it….he said, “Discipline is the ability to give yourself a command and then follow it!”  Wow! Incredible!  I always had heard and read that Teddy Roosevelt was a huge believer in personal discipline and accountability.  Most all great achievers are it seems!!  That’s called a clue, right?! For me it’s not, “do I have an area in my life where I need to apply that?”, No, it’s a list of the areas in my life where I need to better apply this teaching….then prioritize that list, pick the absolute most important item and then “give myself a command and then follow it”!  Challenge, take a few minutes right now to write that list down and pick the most important item and then give yourself the command and then follow it!  I’m doing that right now!  Wishing you your very best!

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