There’s a natural law out there operating in the universe…
Either you discipline yourself or sooner or later something or someone else will.
Better for you to take charge of your own discipline, than to leave it up to outside forces.
Either you assign your own discomfort right now and continue to do so, or you will have to deal with the unknown consequences later; it’s better to deliberately choose your own path and your own consequences.
Think of it this way—hard now, easier later vs. easy now, harder later.
Plus, there’s no denying another law out there ruling over the natural order…
Nothing truly worthwhile is ever going to be easy.
If you want to accomplish anything at all in this life and make anything at all out of yourself, it’s going to take some discipline. There is just no way around it.
Let us discuss the three pillars necessary to live a life of discipline.
The first step—learn to deny yourself.
It’s one thing to know what to do. But it’s certainly another, NOT to do something; especially when that something revolves around pleasure or bad habits.
Want to lose some weight? Simple. Stop eating all the time. Deny yourself.
Want to save some money? Simple. Stop spending it all. Deny yourself.
Want to quit acting like as ass? Simple. Stop drinking. Deny yourself.
These are 3 perfect examples of behavior that will slow you down. Behavior that will sabotage all your good intentions and positive actions. One step forward and one or two steps backward is no strategy for success.
If you’re stuck in neutral or find yourself headed in the wrong direction you had better consider the concept of self-denial in these areas and more. Consider it a new way of life.
Introduce the idea to your mind that from now on you’re going to deny yourself. And begin to take pride in this new reality. Be willing to do what most won’t and consider it an indicator that you’re on the way to distinguishing yourself.
Most people today are soft, and they will not deny themselves. But you will learn to do so. Because you are not most people anymore. Or are you?
Think about it. What kind of person always must have what they want? This is childish and weak behavior. And you should realize this. Get angry at yourself for succumbing to it. Get angry for being weak. This is righteous anger. It is justified anger. Use it.
The only way you’re going to harden your character and toughen up is to start by denying yourself. Quit partaking in those things which are making you weaker and taking you off track.
So, here is the Panzer QuickStart method to self-denial…
Just because you worked hard all week doesn’t mean you should be nursing a beer and stuffing your face all weekend while watching Netflix or athletes compete for glory. If anything, your leisure time should be put to use forging and tempering your principles, interests and character.
So perhaps this is a good place to start—the weekends, when you’re most likely to let down, yet are away from the daily pressures of work. Deny yourself in food, money, alcohol and television. Then find something better to do.
And then as you develop some momentum on your weekends it just won’t feel right to backslide during the week. Next thing you know, suddenly you’re as hard as cold steel when it comes to self-denial.
So, clear a path for glory then.
And deny yourself.
You’ve leveled up and you’ve cleared a path. Good.
Now is the time to start moving forward. It’s time to start taking action.
Most of the time, it’s not that complicated to know what needs to be done. The primary issue is consistency…
- To get in shape you need to train relentlessly, even after a tiring day at work.
- To become a better writer, you need to be writing all the time; not just when you feel inspired.
- To get to that next belt level in your martial art, you need to make the mat and heavy bag part of your life; not just something you tell your buddies about.
This is the traditional definition of discipline. And it’s the traditional one for good reason; because it works.
These are the things you need to do to get to where you want to be. This is where you need to thrill yourself with your sheer will and perseverance; where you need to see yourself as invincible in your quest for success.
Action is the answer. It’s what will get you to your goals, make you a better person and turn your dreams into reality.
Discipline is also the key when your path is not so clear. It takes discipline to keep paring away even though you’re not exactly sure how to reach your milestone. It’s takes discipline to keep at it, even though your efforts are not yet producing the results you expected.
Sometimes the key is to keep thrashing about purely on principle; independent of outcome. In this way you can eventually stumble upon the answer or the breakthrough you’ve been looking for. Or perhaps the key to victory is simply to remain the last man standing.
And the only way to maintain this onslaught for breakthroughs and attrition is through pure unadulterated disciplined action.
Better still is to use your discernment to take Right Action. Brute force has its benefits, but intelligent force is always better. But sometimes it will take a brute force application of action to make obvious the more intelligent application; if only through the process of elimination.
Bare minimum then, put your boots on, tighten your belt and become an individual of consistent action.
Get out there and get things done.
And use the smarts God gave you to apply yourself with precision and imagination whenever possible.
Just because you can have what you want right now, doesn’t mean you should always have it. A disciplined life doesn’t revolve around preference and want. A disciplined life is based on principle and need.
The perfect example for this today is the use of credit. Many people will purchase the most expensive home and car the bank will allow them to finance.
Instead of living below their means as a matter of choice, discipline and smarts, most people will take the bait. You know the result. They become a slave to debt and their employer for the rest of their lives. Only to retire much poorer than they should while making the banks richer along the way.
Having the discipline to employ delayed gratification when it comes to material wants will have a huge impact on your life. Living modestly will allow you to cash flow with every paycheck. This is the disciplined path to financial independence, more choices and a well-financed retirement someday.
Delayed gratification can pay handsomely.
Delayed gratification can also act as a tremendous incentive in your life. If you accept the premise that you shouldn’t have or partake in something until you’ve earned it, you’ll be much more productive. And much healthier in mind, body and spirit.
Take Leisure for example. When properly earned, it is a benefit and a healthy reward. It will allow you to physically recover from your efforts and refresh the mind and spirit. When unearned, however, leisure can become an unhealthy bad habit. Another word for unearned leisure is sloth.
Thus, a disciplined individual will delay gratification until it is properly earned, and the context is right. In this way life remains in proper order and well within control. Without the proper discipline you will succumb to your impulses. Pleasure will become the main pursuit and a downward spiral will begin.
Delayed gratification, it’s a champion’s reward and it requires a champion’s discipline.
Become a triple threat.
Don’t do what you know you shouldn’t do—Self-Denial.
Do what you know you should do—Right Action.
And delay your reward until it is properly earned—Delayed Gratification.
There you have it. The three pillars of Discipline.
Become a triple threat and take your Discipline up to the elite level.
You deserve nothing less.
All the best,