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The thing done avails, and not what is said about it.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Tuesday, May 1, 2001

Self discipline

Self discipline is the way to turn your intentions into reality. Self discipline is the way to transform your weaknesses into strengths. Without discipline, even when you know what you want, you’re unable to achieve it. Without discipline, even though you know what you don’t want, you’re unable to avoid it.

Self discipline is essential to living life on your own terms. It takes effort, it takes determination, it takes sacrifice, yet it is not a punishment. Rather, it is a fulfillment, the means to reaching your highest and best possibilities.

How do you “get” self discipline? You already have it. It involves nothing more than controlling your own actions, and you’ve been doing that since you were a child. To discipline yourself, you simply must decide to do it. The powerful tool of self discipline is yours to use whenever you’re ready to start living life on your own terms.

— Ralph Marston

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