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Professional Development Training- Self-Discipline

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Posted 28 May 2012 by Chris FarmerChris Farmer

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Professional development training - Self-discipline

Self-discipline

Self-discipline is the mental act of doing the thing that you know you should do, when you should do it, irrespective of whether you want to do it, or not.
Self-discipline is one of the major positive character traits.

Self-discipline is rare.

Self-discipline is to be contrasted to instant gratification.

Instant gratification is the opposite of self-discipline.

Instant gratification is the mental act of doing only those things that bring you immediate sensations of pleasure and /or the immediate removal of discomfort.

So the battle lines for your character, circumstances and destiny are drawn.

The opposing forces are:

  1. For the good; self-discipline and self-control
  2. For the bad; instant gratification and lack of self-control

Unfortunately for us, we live in a society that promotes the philosophy of instant gratification and lack of self-control.

The general consensus is that "self-discipline is for losers".

The opposing idea is that "Self-discipline is too restrictive and will stunt the free spirit."

Since the 1960s, The Hippy Guru Guide to Wisdom says to those in western society:

  • You should not weigh yourself down with "discipline": instead, be a free spirit:
  • Go with the flow; just say "yes" to all your desires;
  • If you want it, have it ;
  • live only for the "NOW";
  • let tomorrow take care of itself and for today, let us party;
  • Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we may die!
  • You can take your self-discipline and shove it!

So the decades since the 1960s have been a time of unrestrained spending, non-disciplined, short-range policies: Short term pleasure, long term pain thinking.

Spend today and someone else will pay, somehow, in five years.

No self-discipline has been the hallmark of the cultural atmosphere since the late 1960 to the present.

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But the Hippy Gurus Guide to Wisdom is wrong

Self-discipline is the good!

And lack of self-discipline is the act of binding yourself to failure.

With self-discipline you are free to achieve any goal that you set for yourself:

  • If you want to win a gold medal at the Olympics, then you will need self-discipline.
  • If you want to climb Mount Everest then you will need self-discipline.
  • If you want to make-the-weight, then you will have to discipline your food intake.
  • If you want to resolve this argument, then you will have to discipline yourself to speak with more care.
  • If you want to pass the exam, then you will have to discipline yourself to study when you don't want to study.
  • If you want to get there on time, then you will have to discipline yourself to get up earlier.
  • If you want to build your business, then you will have to discipline your spending.
  • If you want to make the speech, then you will have to discipline your fears.

Self-discipline is the number one character trait shared by all successful people

A lack of Self-discipline is the number one cause of failure, poverty and pain.

Contrast the winners with the losers and you'll see the connection between the lack of self-discipline and failure.

Poverty, ill health, poor diet and social problems are often correlated.

They go together because they are all caused by the same thing. Insufficient self-discipline.

Poverty stricken individuals almost always show elements of poor self-discipline:

  • Too many people eat what they know they shouldn't eat.
  • They drink what they know they shouldn't drink.
  • They do what they know they should not do.
  • They spend money they know they do not have.

In addition:

  • Too many people don't study when they should study.
  • They don't get up when they should get up.
  • They don't prepare when they should prepare.
  • They don't apologise when they should apologise.

They don't do -
What they know they should do -
They accepted the advice -
Of the Hippy Guru.

But the Hippy Guru is wrong

The ancient- Greeks and the modern champions know that self-discipline is the master-key to unlocking the treasure chest of your life.

Your task then is to identify the degree to which the hippy guru has infected your mental hard drive.

I.e. what percentage of your brain agrees with the hippy guru monologue?

The Hippy guru monologue is this:

  • Hey man! Live life without rules!
  • Go with the flow; put down your tools.
  • Just say "yes" to all your desires;
  • Don't bother to fly with misguided high fliers
  • If you want it, take it ;
  • Don't make it, fake it
  • Live only for "today"
  • Let tomorrow take care of itself and hey.........Just hang out!
  • Have a drink;
  • Let's Twist and shout;
  • Eat, drink and be merry.
  • Don't worry, be happy!
  • Hey Jude:
  • All you need is love!
  • Hey dude; you can take your crazy self-discipline and shove it!

The hippy substituted S.D. (Self-Discipline), with L.S.D.: Lack-of-Self-Discipline!
And we are still suffering the painful consequences today.

If you have these Hippy Guru thoughts in your head, then be warned!

The hippy guru has infected your hard drive and your programming has too many corrupted files to allow you to win.

You need to adopt the code of an Olympic champion.

The code of a business leader.
The code of a mathematician.
The code of any high achiever.
Crack the code of self-discipline

1. Master yourself

If you have a will to master circumstances, then you must first master yourself.

2. Control yourself

If you have a will to master your problems then you must first master yourself.
Join the ranks of those who have mastered self-discipline:

  • They eat only what they know they should eat: nutritional discipline
  • They drink only what they know they should drink: social discipline
  • They do only what they know they should do: moral discipline
  • They spend only money they know they should: spend financial discipline

In addition

  • They study when they should study: intellectual discipline
  • They get up when they should get up: self-discipline
  • They prepare when they should prepare: a good discipline
  • They apologise when they should apologise: a wise discipline

They do what they know they should do because they have rejected the advice of the Hippy Guru:

  1. Reject the advice of the hippy guru.
  2. Whether you are in the mood or not.
  3. Do only what you know you should do!
  4. Develop more self-discipline.

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