Why Discipline is the Key to Success

Hey everyone!

Welcome to the first weekly installment of Motivational Monday (MoMo). I could write for forever about what, when or why you should make changes in your financial behavior, but until you achieve some level of inner resolve, it will be difficult to create change. I’m going to dedicate a post every Monday to inspiring ourselves to get motivated and stay disciplined.

What is Discipline?

Dictionary Definition:

Train oneself to do something in a controlled and habitual way.

MYM on Discipline:

Discipline is the big brother of motivation. It’s keeping up on your budget every week (or whatever interval is right for you). It’s refusing to eat out when you’re over budget for the month. It’s sticking to your plan for success, even when it’s not easy or convenient. It’s hard at times, but it’s worth it. Inspiration gives us the spark to do better, motivation starts us on the path, and discipline gets us there.

Quotes from around the web:

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.

– Jim Rohn

I believe that through knowledge and discipline, financial peace is possible for all of us.

– Dave Ramsey

“Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.”

– Abraham Joshua Heschel

“Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

That Jim Rohn quote really resonates with me. I can either be disciplined and receive the reward of my good choices, or I can receive instant gratification by spending carelessly and get down on myself for straying from my plan. Given those options, I hope that I’d always choose the pain of discipline over the pain of regret.

How to Gain Discipline

There are a lot of good resources out there on this topic – here are a few I’d recommend if you’re interested in researching this subject further (I don’t get paid for these):

The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life – Thomas M. Sterner

Positive Discipline – Jane Nelsen Ed.D.

Bottom line

If you want to be successful, wait for luck, or learn discipline!

– Sam

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