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DISCIPLINE IS HARD WORK!
Yes, discipline is hard work, but it's the key to feeling you're on the right path in life. Perhaps it's time for you to learn the secrets of discipline.
Though she fell down a half dozen times but kept on going until she crossed the finish line in October of 1982, this 25 year old woman completed the New York City Marathon in 11 hours. You may think this is probably no big deal, until you learn that Linda Down has cerebral palsy and was the first woman ever to complete the 26.2 mile race on crutches. Her speed may have been limited by her handicap but not her determination.
"Great is the art of beginning, but greater the art of ending", wrote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Do you ever wish you had a genie that could help you finish what you begin? Well, we don't have one. But we do have the option called discipline. A fan once said to Paderewski following a performance, "I'd give my life to play like that." The brilliant pianist replied, "I did."
We seem to always want the product without the pain and perseverance of the process. When we see accomplishment in others we usually credit it to the brains, brawn, or lucky breaks and therefore we're off the hook because we fall short in all three.
I'm not suggesting we could all be concert pianists just by exercising enough discipline. But we do have the makings for success in some endeavor, if we apply our wills and work at it. We mustn't forget God's will for us, but the discipline is a choice on our part.
"Okay," you may be thinking, "so how can we acquire stick-to-itivness?" Unfortunately there is no simple, fast formula.
In the next couple of weeks we'll consider a way of thinking that has rescued Sybil Stanton, author of "The 25-hour Woman." So, discipline yourself to check in next week on my blog to find out what her secrets are.
posted on: 7/12/2011 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side
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