The Discipline Virtue - by Brian Moran
Years ago, when I began my business career (carbon dating says that was exactly 1,000 years ago) I recall my best bosses and other successful business people sighting a common trait that was considered essential for success, that trait was discipline.
Discipline. It’s a word you hardly hear today.
Virtually no one talks about how important self-discipline is to being successful anymore. It appears that the whole concept of discipline is one that our current culture would rather not confront.
Could it be that things are so different today that personal discipline is not necessary; that the concept of discipline has no relevance?
Perhaps discipline has lost its appeal due to the fact that it’s an age-old concept that is synonymous with hard work and extended effort. Or maybe it’s because the consultants and gurus can’t figure out how to dress it up as something new and sexy. Whether the concept is in favor or not, doesn’t change the fact that self-discipline is still a powerful character trait even in – especially in – today’s highly competitive environment.
A few months back I committed to getting back in shape and training more consistently. As part of my training routine I decided that I would workout (with weights) three days a week and do 20 minutes of cardio at least two times per week. I also committed to eating better. Over the past four months or so I’ve been pretty consistent with my training and eating. What surprises me though, is that it still is a struggle on certain days. I was hoping that as I created a routine that it would just become part of my “normal” day. I guess I envisioned it becoming almost effortless; a non-decision like shaving or brushing my teeth.
The truth is that it continues to be a conscious choice that I have to make daily................
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