Self Discipline & Personal Freedom

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The following article contains quotes from Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins, and Zig Ziglar.

I have put them together in the same area because they so beautifully seemed to define Personal Freedom for me. The quotes are used loosely just to make a point here.

My definition of personal freedom is doing and having what I want, when I want, as much as I want, where ever I want, for as long as I want. Now that is real freedom, but how you arrive there, that is the challenge.

Success is defined as the pursuit of a worthwhile ideal or goal, a journey.

The successful person has the habit of doing the things that most people don’t like to do. Successful people don’t necessarily like doing them either. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose. 

That subordination requires a purpose, a mission, a clear sense of direction and value, a burning ” YES! ” inside that makes it possible to say “no” to other things. They purposefully develop empowering habits that take them in the direction of their goals.

‘It also requires independent will, the power to do something when you don’t want to do it, to be a function of your values rather than a function of the impulse or desire of any given moment. It’s the power to act with integrity to your proactive first creation.’ — Stephen Covey

The definition of Discipline in the beginning of life, is the choice of achieving what you really want by doing those things you don’t really want to do in the moment.

After successfully doing this for some time, Discipline soon becomes the choice of achieving what you really want by doing things you now really want to do!

I truly believe that we can become tremendously disciplined and learn how to enjoy it! — after practicing it and getting good at it. ‘Things are always more fun when you are good at them.’ — Tony Robbins

‘It is true — when you do the things you ought to do, when you ought to do them, the day will come when you will do the things you want to do, when you want to do them.’ — Zig Ziglar

Therefore it follows that:

Personal Freedom comes from practicing absolute discipline until it becomes habit. — Al Smith