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Self Discipline

I speak a lot about discipline. Almost every 3rd Newsletter is about discipline in some way or another. Let’s be honest. For most of us, it’s a work in progress wrapped in good intentions, procrastination, and feelings of failure. But it doesn’t have to be. Discipline, like everything else, is a practice. Not every day will be perfect, but each day - with its failures and small wins is progress, and that’s what discipline is all about. For me, success is all about being disciplined and maintaining that every single day.

In my primary grades, I use to return from school and just throw my bag on the floor in the living room. I used to do this everyday and my mom would hang it up in my room. One day, my dad came home early from work and saw me doing this. He told me that I should always hang my bag in my room and that isn't my mother's job. After this, he punished me to write a five page essay stating why this was wrong and how I should behave. This is what has forced me to discipline myself. The fear that my dad would ask me to write such essay again and I have no idea what to write. This is how I got familiar with discipline.

Every person would have a different idea of discipline. For some it may mean going to the gym everyday or not going to the McDonalds you love. It may mean saving up money for your vacation or simply getting up early. This is what I want you to do. Take a longer route, the one which doesn't have the McDonalds on its way. Prebook tickets for your vacation and remind yourself everyday that the only you can afford it is if you save more. Set daily goals, weekly goals or monthly goals, whatever you're comfortable with. Add up, everyday. Be better than yesterday. Be more disciplined, everyday.


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