Discipline…What is it?

By: Topher Scott


The word “Discipline” too often comes with a negative connotation.  It’s used too frequently in a way that speaks to harshly holding people accountable…almost in the wrong way.

But to me, discipline is not that at all.  Discipline is so much more valuable when it’s talked about in the right manner.

And in listening to a podcast yesterday (Born to Impact with Joel Marion…check it out, it’s amazing) I heard a guest’s definition of discipline that blew me away.  It was the most perfect description of discipline that I’ve ever heard and I’m putting it in a frame on my desk:

“Discipline is having the ability to act towards what you want MOST, not what you want NOW.”

Wow.

Greatness requires discipline…because greatness doesn’t happen overnight.  It happens based upon the choices that you make every day.

And at the end of the day, making the choices to CONSISTENTLY do the right things to achieve greatness is HARD.

But acting on what you want most…not what you want now…is an absolutely unreal way to teach yourself to do the things necessary on a consistent basis to achieve your dreams.  It puts that process into incredible perspective.

Let’s be real.  What we want now is usually easy.  We want the rest, the snooze button, the comfort food…the things that make us feel good in the moment.

But greatness doesn’t happen in comfort.

Greatness happens in challenge.  And when we put what we want most (our dreams) ahead of what we want now (comfort), we increase our likelihood of acting upon the necessary steps to achieve that greatness.  And that’s a choice that we have to make every day.

If you have a dream of being great…post this quote on your mirror.  Put it as your home screen on your phone.  Whatever you do, make sure you see it every day.

“Discipline is having the ability to act towards what you want MOST, not what you want NOW.”

What do you want most? Use this quote about discipline to help get you there.

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