The Results of Self Discipline Part 1

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons…” — Jim Rohn

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed every morning.

In the book, Ten Lessons, To Help You Keep Moving Forward and Change the World in the Process, Admiral William H McRaven discusses what he learned at basic training in the navy. The first order of business was to make your bed. He was told by the salty old doctor he reported to, that the beds, which were stacked four high, were to be made every morning. The old doc said if the beds weren’t made and the room not clean, how could the sailors expect the best medical care? Seaman McRaven later learned this sentiment applied to every aspect in military life.

This same discipline was continually instilled in him even during his training to become a navy seal. McRaven says he learned that it wasn’t just combat that was hard. Daily life can be very hard as well and there is often little you can do to affect the outcome of your day. He said he learned it wasn’t just combat that needed structure, it was his own daily life as well. He found with his faith shaken and his future uncertain, it was the simple act of discipline to make his bed every day that started off his day with something accomplished and therefore, something completed for which he could return home.

It was Jim Rohn that said, “One discipline always leads to another.” He also said, “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” It was discipline, that U.S. Navy Retired Admiral William H. McRaven, was alluding to when he said in his book to start off your day by making your bed. This discipline will lead to other disciplines, which will help you to accomplish your goals. This discipline will encourage you to continue on to the next task and complete it. Soon, you will become a world changer, if not just for yourself, for those around you as well.

Jim Rohn also said the following:

“Discipline starts with doing the little disciplines and works up to the bigger disciplines. Start with all the things you can do to make your life better and make you feel good about yourself. Make a necessary list of needed disciplines. Life can and will provide you with some pretty big challenges, but only if you can handle the small ones. Unless you practice on the small ones and master those, you don’t have a chance to master the major ones. A man strides out of his house to go straighten out the corporation and he has not yet straightened out his own garage. Who is kidding who? So, work on all the disciplines that will improve the quality of your life.”

“Here is an important thought, everything affects everything else. Every lack of discipline affects every other discipline. Mistakenly the man says, ‘This is the only place I have let down.’ Ah, but you see that is not true. Every let down affects the rest of your overall performance.”

“Now here is the positive side: Every new discipline affects every other discipline. Every new thing you try affects the rest of your performance. Isn’t that exciting? So, get started on every small discipline you can think of… You will not believe what it will do for your self-confidence. The greatest deterrent to success is lack of selfconfidence. A lack of self-confidence comes from not doing what you could do. So, start doing what you can do today.”

Start off your day by Making Your Bed. Let it be the discipline that starts the ball rolling and keeps it rolling each and every day and provide you something accomplished to for which to come home.

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Best of LUCK as you
Labor Under Correct Knowledge…


Rick Cox