Discipline, now that sounds painful.But Robin Sharma brings it down to a more human level by comparing self discipline and will power to a wire cable where each stem alone is not so resistant but all these small components woven together create a cable stronger than iron. The sum is larger than the total of the constituent parts. What it means is that small, tiny acts of self discipline, woven together create ” an abundance of inner strength”. I like that idea! Anyone can develop a willpower of steel through a small daily training.
Having this self discipline provides us with a huge feeling of peace, knowing what is right and doing it daily.
“Don’t race against others, race against yourself” he adds. In this way we both avoid pointless envy, worry and demotivation and pursue with passion and motivation a constant improvement on ourselves.Sounds like a good goal to have, in particular in January of a New year!
Remember what we said earlier in this blog” Will is the King of Mental powers. When you master your mind, you master your life.” (The Monk who sold his Ferrari)
Based on old Eastern principles he is convinced that positive always overcomes negative. So even if the negative thoughts have usually won, pursue your fight with conviction and the positive ones will overcome. Once this train of thoughts is changed, and changed regularly, the path will become effortless. But at first it takes self discipline.
One tip he gives to cultivate this self-discipline is the use of mantras, repeating a few words:
” Words are the verbal embodiment of power.By filling your mind with words of hope, you become hopeful.By filling your mind with words of kindness, you become kind. By filling your mind with thoughts of courage, you become courageous.”
He suggests this one. Sit somewhere quiet and still your mind, then repeat aloud over and over again: ” I am more than I appear to be, all the world’s strength and power rests inside me.”
Self discipline starts with small steps, large journeys are covered in small steps.