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Importance of Discipline

Jun 30, 2010, 11:21 AM

One-half of life is luck; the other half is discipline. And that's the important half! For without discipline, you would not know what to do with luck.

Success is a matter of understanding and religiously practicing specific, simple habits that always lead to success.

In reading about the lives of great men, you will find that the first victory they won was over themselves... self-discipline, with all of them, came first.

"Nothing is more harmful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army superiority over another," said George Washington.

Discipline is just doing the same thing the right way whether anyone's watching or not.

"What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do," says Aristotle.

He who lives without discipline dies without honor. Lack of discipline leads to frustration and self-loathing.

"A man without decision of character can never be said to belong to himself... He belongs to whatever can make captive of him."

If you don't discipline yourself, the world will do it for you.

Dee Hock, Founder and CEO Emeritus VISA International said: "Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership  If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time leading yourself—your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct.

Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers.

If you don't understand that you work for your mislabeled 'subordinates,' then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny.

No man or woman has achieved an effective personality who is not self-disciplined. Such discipline must not be an end in itself, but must be directed to the development of resolute good quality character.

"What we do upon some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are. What we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline."

Henry Parry Liddon