"The reality is that until the sailor disciplines himself to be obedient to the compass, he will have to stay within sight of shore. However, once he is obedient to that compass, he can go anywhere in the world the sailboat will take him. "
That example really spoke to me for some reason. I love the idea that within discipline there is freedom, not restraints.
I need to remember that!
Thanks as always Lisa! Lynn
Lynn4Life--because at the end of the day I'm always ME.
In today's social climate many people look with disfavor on the word "discipline" because they simply do not understand that discipline means "to instruct or educate, to inform the mind, to prepare by instructing in correct principles and habits." No one who achieves greatness does so without discipline. Sybil Stanton, in her beautiful book, The Twenty-Five Hour Woman, accurately states that "discipline is not on your back, needling you with imperatives, it is at your side, nudging you with incentives." It's true that when you discipline yourself to do the things you need to do, when you need to do them, the day's going to come when you can do the things you want to do, when you want to do them. It's also true that life is tough, but when you are tough on yourself, life will be infinitely easier on you.
Today many people want to be free to do as they please, but consider this: If you take the train off the tracks, it's free - but it can't go anywhere. Take the steering wheel out of the automobile and it's under the control of no one, but it is useless. The reality is that until the sailor disciplines himself to be obedient to the compass, he will have to stay within sight of shore. However, once he is obedient to that compass, he can go anywhere in the world the sailboat will take him. Yes, discipline is the missing ingredient that will make the difference in your life. Discipline yourself today so you can have a better life tomorrow. That means I really will SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
Zig Ziglar is a motivator and teacher. He is the author of 26 books and loved by millions of people world wide for his practical wisdom and his gift of hope.
Thanks- Lisa, this is right on time for me. These are some of things that I have been working on. I usually set my yearly goals in March around my birthday instead of the 1st of year. I also read somewhere that people are more likely to keep goals and resolution when they make them in Spring because Spring is a symbol of new birth.
Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over she turned into a butterfly
This is so true...we need to discipline ourselves. Yes, we all know this...but do we do it! OK, I hear the excuses coming...LOL We all can come up with excuses!!!! Everybody is experiencing life! Stuff happens, road bumps appear, life gets interesting! So what? Are you going to let that stop you? Come on, what are you made of??????
I KNOW each and every one of you here can reach your goal...do you KNOW that???? So give up the excuses and get to work...remember, this is YOUR life we are talking about! Make it a powerful day! Lisa
The Practice of Discipline By: Brian Tracy
Discipline yourself to do what you know you need to do to be the very best in your field. Perhaps the best definition of self discipline is this: "Self discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not."
It is easy to do something when you feel like it. It's when you don't feel like it and you force yourself to do it anyway that you move your life and career onto the fast track.
What decisions do you need to make today in order to start moving toward the top of your field? Whatever it is, either to get in or get out, make a decision today and then get started. This single act alone can change the whole direction of your life.
Seven Steps to Success There is a powerful seven step formula that you can use to set and achieve your goals for the rest of your life. Every single successful person uses this formula or some variation of this formula to achieve vastly more than the average person. And so can you. Here it is:
Decide What You Want Step number one, decide exactly what it is you want in each part of your life. Become a "meaningful specific" rather than a "wandering generality."
Write it Down Second, write it down, clearly and in detail. Always think on paper. A goal that is not in writing is not a goal at all. It is merely a wish and it has no energy behind it.
Set A Deadline Third, set a deadline for your goal. A deadline acts as a "forcing system" in your subconscious mind. It motivates you to do the things necessary to make your goal come true. If it is a big enough goal, set sub-deadlines as well. Don't leave this to chance.
Make A List Fourth, make a list of everything that you can think of that you are going to have to do to achieve your goal. When you think of new tasks and activities, write them on your list until your list is complete.
Organize Your List Fifth, organize your list into a plan. Decide what you will have to do first and what you will have to do second. Decide what is more important and what is less important. And then write out your plan on paper, the same way you would develop a blueprint to build your dream house.
Take Action The sixth step is for you to take action on your plan. Do something. Do anything. But get busy. Get going.
Do Something Every Day Do something every single day that moves you in the direction of your most important goal at the moment. Develop the discipline of doing something 365 days each year that is moving you forward. You will be absolutely astonished at how much you accomplish when you utilize this formula in your life every single day.
Action Exercises Here are two things you can do to put these ideas into action immediately.
First, decide exactly what you want, write it down with a deadline, make a plan and take action - on at least one goal - today!
Second, determine the price you will have to pay to achieve this goal and then get busy paying that price - whatever it is.
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