“Nothing is more harmful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army superiority over another.” — George Washington
Discipline is the master of the great. It is said to be doing the right thing at the right time, at the right place. Doing what is required of you even when you don’t feel like it. It is a battle against self and those committed to their mission and purpose have no choice but to submit to its force.
1. Discipline your appetite for sex
“The first and best victory is to conquer self.”— Plato, Greek Philosopher
Lustful passions burn a man’s soul, it saps energy and creativity from him, it stifles values and weakens conscience. Whoever has no rule over his spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.
Too much love for sex is a cause for misdirection and loss of priorities. It shows lack of understanding and wisdom. Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage
2. Discipline your appetite for food.
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
This I have had to struggle with, I believe that there is no sincere love than the love of food. This is the virtue to health and happiness. Without self-discipline, a person can train hard, but will likely be inconsistent. Self-discipline is important to eating habits because it disciplines the mind.
3. Discipline your thoughts.
“You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself.” — Jim Whittaker
Your thoughts hold the key to unlocking your life. Your thoughts plant the seed of success or failure, in your thoughts battles are fought and won or lost. Train your thoughts to be positive, gentle, powerful and brilliant. Let go of the thoughts of playing a victim, helplessness, hopelessness and violence.
4. Discipline your desire for wealth and power.
“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else.— Henry Ward Beecher
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The way of life has been made to be that the end justifies the means.
An obsession with wealth can lead to compromise of values, dreams and convictions. Your ability to inspire change and hope is not necessarily hinged on your wealth but on your willingness.Mahatma Gandhi led from a poor village, Mother Teresa caused an uproar of love and service from the streets.