“Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built while a lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure…” — Jim Rohn

There is a simple reason for why most people do not succeed. It is the same old cliché in that people want what others have, but are not willing to pay what it takes to get it. There is always a payment due if there is an exchange of value, be it material or otherwise. This is not a popular subject with most, especially today in this give me all and give it to me now, society. Life simply doesn’t work like that. Nothing good in this world happens overnight. As a matter of fact, the better it is, the more value it has, the longer it will take to grow or to build. Therefore, in order for one to obtain anything of value, one must be disciplined.

Webster’s defines discipline as: training that develops self control, character, orderliness and efficiency; orderly conduct…

It would seem natural if one had developed self control, character, orderliness and efficiency then they just might be much more inclined to be doing what is necessary to attract what they need; they also might be the one with which others choose to work. In essence, those that are disciplined will be chosen over their counterparts, colleagues, or competitors.

What is most unfortunate is the majority don’t have the discipline it takes to stay at it; work at it; study on it, mine it out; refine it, or even wait for it. As strange as it seems, staying at it and working at it even though it is boring and mundane is a discipline. The study of and the necessary follow up of mining it out is a discipline. The refining the process is a discipline as well as being patient and waiting. These are all necessary disciplines. It is important for you to get the picture that one discipline leads to the next or you could say one discipline begets the next.

It takes discipline to push away the extra food, the dessert, or to just get up from the table. It takes discipline to stay healthy as this requires that you work out on a regular basis. It takes discipline to become a valued employee. It takes discipline to become a better person, father, mother, teacher, musician, speaker, writer, or whatever it is you are trying to be.

Even the Bible tells us to study in order to show ourselves approved yet, few do this. As a matter of fact, few do anything after they get off work with the exception of going to a bar where they waste their time and hard earned money gaining nothing of value in return. Others wind up lying on the couch drinking beer and watching TV, which brings no return in value either. What is really pathetic is these same people wonder why things are not working out for them. They go out to the mail box, but there is no mail containing their hopes and dreams of winning the lottery.

This is such as sad and pathetic picture of many who are waiting for something, but have done nothing for which to be rewarded. They join millions of others that have also found out they are not lucky enough to get something for nothing. They are unable to get money out of nowhere. They sit and wonder why their ship hasn’t come in. WELL, the truth is they have not sent one out. There has been no disciplined approach or plan on how to get any ship to send out and gather up their harvest let alone have a ship come in with something for them, which they have not earned.

Discipline: It is the FOUNDATIONAL / FUNDAMENTAL BASE to all success and though a simple process, it is difficult to stay at it on a daily basis. Why? There are many reasons, but the straight forward answer is people are not willing to pay the price it takes to live a disciplined life for living a disciplined life, as stated above, is often mundane and boring. It seldom contains a daily dose of adrenalin generating activity nor will it contain the feeling one might get while consuming alcohol or smoking pot therefore, it is easy to quit. What they will do however is whine about what they don’t have all the while complaining about those that do. They are not willing to do what it takes and do it on a consistent basis.

Jim Rohn, said it is better to design a life than to make a living. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with making a living if that is all you desire to do. On the other hand if you are going to whine about what others have then you are a hypocrite for you want something for which you are not willing to pay.

It is true the majority are either simply making a living or barely making a living. The reason for this is due to the fact they are not willing to pay the price to design a life. The reason they are not willing to pay the price is because, as stated above, it takes discipline, and a lot of it. Are you willing to pay that price? The next time you find yourself whining about those having more than you then stop to think about what you can do to bring those blessings into your own life. Once you have taken the time to think about it, then do it. This world is not short of the ability to give you what you need nor is it short of the ability to fulfill your desires. There are plenty of blessings to go around for all who are willing to pay the price. The question is, ARE YOU?

Best of LUCK as you
Labor Under Correct Knowledge…


Rick Cox