The importance of discipline

“It is not enough to know, we must apply.”
Bruce Lee

One of my sayings that I always try to share with people is that, the key to greatness is discipline. And yet, despite the knowing of the truth of this statement, I must admit, that I have not been nearly as disciplined in my life as I would like. For this reason, I want to go on a mental exploration of exactly what discipline is, and how it is possible to be impeccable in the application of such discipline.

I think that a lot of people, when first exposed to the philosophy that we create our own reality¬Ě naively believe that this process is much more simple then it actually is. Though this philosophy rightfully restores our freedom to create in our lives whatever it is we choose to create, this does not mean that this freedom can not be tedious, when divorced from discipline. In other words, freedom comes at a cost. And, more or less, the cost of the freedom to be, do, and have whatever it is we want in our lives, is that of being disciplined in your application of the wisdom life has offered us all (whether that wisdom has come to you from the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, the Taoist texts, the yoga sutras, etc.).

It is undeniable that all of us, no matter what our culture or background in life, have all, at some point in our lives been offered the wisdom of the Universal Laws. Again, the source of these teachings an be as diverse as the Bible or the Koran. But, nonetheless this wisdom has been offered us to all in one form or another. The problem, then, is in our failure to do that which we (at some level) know we need to do in order to make our lives what we really want them to be. And, I suspect that the cause of this disconnect between principles and practices lies in our failure to ever clearly decide exactly what principles that we have been exposed to mean the most, and resonate the most with us. If you can clearly articulate a small set of principles that really resonate with you, you will find that your discipline in applying those principles to your life will increase dramatically, and from there, from that place of applying that which you know to be truth, it will only be a matter of time before you find yourself living the life that you have always dreamed of.

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