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November 9, 2012 / Dale Melchin

The Keys to Ongoing Success in Your Life: Part One: Self-Discipline/Mastery: You are DEAD without it!

President Obama, Donald Trump, Michael Hyatt, Seth Godin, Thomas Edison, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Michael Jordan.  What do all of these men have in common?  They are successful men, but in order to get the answer we are seeking, we must go deeper than the result.  We must look to the process they went through to get to where they are.

The answer is, they are or were highly disciplined individuals.  They were all men of vision, and purpose, but in order to actualize that vision, they were first disciplined men.  In other words they had mastery of themselves and their desires and are able to direct themselves to that purpose.  Chuck Norris didn’t get to be able to push the earth, by doing whatever he felt like doing.  He did it by studying martial arts.  Bruce Lee waited tables while he honed his body and made industry contacts.  Michael Hyatt was the son of Texas Farmer before he became the CEO of Thomas Nelson.

The point I am making is that if you want success, you must first have self-discipline or self mastery.

You will go nowhere that you want to go if you are not in the process of cultivating this quality.   I am completely serious about this.  We all have a degree of self-mastery in our lives or else we would not exist.    We would still behave like animals.  The upside is that self-mastery can be cultivated.

The key to ongoing success in your life is to cultivate yourself mastery beyond survival techniques to where you are able to banish the very thought that would trip you up on your journey.

There are a variety of traditions and methods that are available as aids to self-mastery.  A reoccurring theme in all enduring ancient traditions is learning to meditate and various physical exercises as a means to cultivate transferable discipline skills into other areas.   In any case you have to have a process in place to cultivate self-mastery, if you don’t; you will be stuck in the world of instant gratification forever.  Jerked around and distracted.  I don’t want that in my life, and I know that ultimately you don’t want it either.

So, what can we do to cultivate self-discipline?  I’m more than happy to help you brain storm.  You can start by enrolling in a local martial arts academy.  Let the Headmaster know what your goals are and if he is any kind of a good mentor he will help you design a program and hold you accountable to your goals.

If the Martial Arts aren’t your thing get involved with a gym and find a good trainer who will hold you accountable.  Just remember, in both cases, find someone who cares more about you than the money.  But at the same time, pay your trainers!

Another one is if you are not involved in a local church, go to a local church that teaches from the Scriptures and talk to the pastor about what your goals are.  Again, if he is any kind of a pastoral figure, he will help you in your goals and make you welcome, and he will in all likelihood attempt to introduce you to Someone very important.  Do not take this the wrong way if he does.  Listen to the pastor’s claims.  Ultimately, we must all admit that we are subject to a Higher Power, whether we acknowledge it openly or not is another question.

If Christianity is not your speed, I would recommend to you one of the Eastern Traditions such as Buddhism or Taoism.  While the Cosmology is different between traditions, the methods for the attainment of self-mastery are the same.  They are meditative, psychological and therapeutic, and they work!

If you are in a situation where you are very dependent upon others and you are reading this, I would recommend seeing a therapist in your area.  If money is an issue talk to your local county mental health center, and they can at least point you in the right direction.

If money isn’t an issue, then just start looking for a therapist.  Don’t be afraid to be proactive about this, if you don’t like their methods, you don’t have to keep seeing them.  Make sure though you aren’t leaving just because you know they are right and you don’t want to take responsibility.

Any of those items or a combination of those items are a good start in the process of creating discipline in your life.  Self discipline is the core of all success, if you can cultivate this, you are well on your way to victory in the other areas of your life!

What would having a high level of self discipline make possible for you?


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  1. Angel Heart / Nov 10 2012 4:12 pm

    Reblogged this on essencelifeblog and commented:
    I would agree that self -discipline /mastery are the keys to success but not everyone succeeds on the basis of merit. There is so much nepitism in this world and the old boys network still reigns; many people find themselves in fortunate circumstances due to ‘who’ they know and not ‘what’ they know.

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