DISCIPLINE

The first and best victory is to conquer self.”
~ Plato

“Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.”
~ Roy L. Smith

“The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might and force of habit. He must be quick to break those habits that can break him – and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires.”
~ Jean Paul Getty

“Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.”
~ Julie Andrews

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  1. Based on my education and background, I’ve climbed much higher up the corporate ladder than I ever should have, and I have the disciplines of running to thank for that.

    I never once believed that someone or something else was responsible for my success. Running taught me long ago that there is danger in that kind of thinking. The moment you leave your future in the hands of things outside of your control, is the moment you place it in the hands of circumstance. And, circumstance doesn’t much care about your success.

    Running has also taught me that adversity is better faced head-on than avoided. The hill in front of you won’t go away, but it’s easy enough to put it behind you if just press harder for a while. Call it discipline, or call it determination; without it you won’t get very far.

    That lesson isn’t taught enough, and too many people never realize that sacrifice is a requirement of life. You either sacrifice today to reach tomorrow’s goals, or you give up your dreams in favor of the fleeting comfort that’s distracting you. The pleasant reality, for those who choose the former, is that comfort is abundant when long-term goals are achieved.

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