“He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.” – Jyrus
Daily Nugget of Gold 1008
Complete Self Discipline
Oh, man. If we thought being truly open minded wasn’t easy, this one makes that one look like child’s play! Immediately, what comes to mind is you have to have this one- complete self discipline- to get that one, anyhow! You want to have self discipline in order to free yourself in keeping an open mind because it requires the habit of continually checking to make sure we aren’t forming false conclusions by only seeking information which confirms our established beliefs.
Very, very, very few people- if any- really can make the legitimate claim that they are self-disciplined in every aspect of their lives. This is likely more an ideal than an obtainable goal for us, but that doesn’t mean that we ought not to do our best to live up to it. Come to think of it, that’s probably a good point to consider just about all of the things on Hill’s list. It’s just easier to see when we shine the light on our own imperfections- much as we may loath them, and yet- we still seem to hold onto them for dear life. What a strange paradox that is.
When we seem to be unwilling to change it might have something to do with subconscious undercurrents or maybe they’re just things we’d rather give lip service to than actually do something about. Some of us smoke, more than a few of us are overweight, some drink too much, others are quick to judge people, a good amount of us don’t exercise… and the list goes on… indefinitely.
Complete self-discipline isn’t something we’ll likely see but it is something we want to at least have the discipline to constantly be moving towards so that we can enjoy more and more of the true riches life has to offer. Without it becoming a greater part of our lives, it would seem that we are neglecting a very important measure of growth, aren’t we? It’s been said that the opposite of growth is dying. Making real progress daily might be the better alternative for us now, wouldn’t it? What do you think about this?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
What are some important areas of self discipline I want to work on starting right now?
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