"Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It require you to connect today's actions to tomorrow's results. There's a season for sowing a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which."
Gary Ryan Blair
My docs called today and added one more inoculation to my monthly routine, this one is to help me generate red blood cells, at least that is what I think they said. At least I’ll know I am a red-blooded American while others will not be as sure of themselves. As I reported yesterday things are going pretty well in my life even with some occasional health setbacks. Some folks have been complimentary of the self-discipline that I have exhibited lately as I follow a fairly ambitious exercise and good health routine.
I now wonder about all the years that I treated the need for self-discipline as a burden and as a distasteful activity. Now I view it as the gift I give myself since the results are a sense of wellbeing and measurable health improvement. Instead of rationalizing my traditional procrastination as being almost rewarding in its avoidance of doing what was best for me and losing I now win every morning as I work to make each day better than the one before. The discipline is the wrapping on the gift I keep giving myself, I just sometimes wish that I hadn’t demonstrated my dumbness by waiting so long.
Jim Rohm the late human potential guru wrote this piece on discipline some years ago. I wish I had read it and heeded its advice back then.
"We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit."
Little Debbie came running into the house after school one day, shouting, "Daddy! Daddy! I got a 100 in school today!" "That's great, Sweetheart," said her daddy. "Come in the living room and tell me about it." "Well," began the confession, "I got 50 in spelling, 30 in math, and 20 in science..."
"A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her."
The company where my friend worked had a phone system that rerouted after-hours calls. If any calls came in on a certain line while he was working late, Dave knew it would be a wrong number.
It got to the point where, as soon as the phone rang, Dave would pick up and say, "Psychic Hotline. I'm sorry, but you've dialed the wrong number."
The callers would often reply with something like, "But I didn't even ask to speak to anyone yet. How did you know I dialed the wrong... Oh!
The reason computers can do more work is they don't have to stop and answer the phone.
A 16-year-old girl bought herself a very tiny bikini. Very proud she came home and put it on. She then showed her mother how she looked in it.
"What do you think mom?" she asked.
Her mother replied: "If I wore that when I was your age, you would have been 5 years older."
Some day I'll get around to joining the "Procrastinators Club of Tomorrow".
A husband stepped on one of those penny scales that tell you your fortune and weight and dropped in a coin. "Listen to this," he said to his wife, showing her a small, white card. "It says I'm energetic, bright, resourceful and a great husband."
"Yeah," his wife nodded, "and it has your weight wrong, too."
“It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.”
You know what happens when you play country music backwards? You quit drinking, you get your wife back, you're rehired and your lost dog comes home.
When Nancy and I went up to New England a few years ago we decided to stay in one of those quaint little inns. The clerk at the inn asked me if we wanted a room with a shower or a tub.
"What's the difference?" I asked.
"Well, sir, in a tub, you can sit down."
If we did all the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.
A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan, in which a man was beaten, robbed and left for dead. She described the situation in vivid detail so her students would catch the drama.
Then she asked the class, "If you saw a person lying on the roadside all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?"
A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence with......
"I think I'd throw up!"
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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