Challenge 08

The Need For Discipline.


Without discipline in our life we fail to have purpose and direction. Discipline allows us to keep focused on our goal of achieving purpose and fulfilment.

Discipline rarely feels good at the time, as it crosses across our will of wanting to have it easy without pain. Remember the old adage ‘No pain no gain’. An athlete has to endure pain to be able to excel at their chosen sport.


The journey of life is no different, unless we go through the pain and continue making right choices, that allow a positive difference on our life, we will be side tracked into making negative choices promoting the negative way of walking as we journey through life. Discipline requires of us to give up things that perhaps feel good, but they produce negative results.

Our journey through life is full of daily choices that we make that are based on what we feed our mind. (So garbage in will produce garbage out). Some of us have a very negative foundation as the structures of our belief system have been formed by what we have been told and shown, up to this point in life. However this negative structure can be changed, we all have the power of choice, we can choose to remain with this negative frame work or we can choose to change it.

Always, to change anything in life, costs time, commitment and often some pain. Believe me the pain is worth it when you are able to break out of the negative framework of thinking; to come to form a positive structure in your thought life. “As a man thinks, so is he”. James Allan.

So what we entertain in our mind is what we become. We have a need to discipline ourselves, so that our mind is fed with positive uplifting thoughts as building blocks that will bring life promoting activities, both for ourselves and others.


Not all habits are negative but we have a tendency to choose the negative first.

So How Can We Start Achieving This?

Be careful what we read make sure it is positive. Does it lift you to another level in life promoting purpose and fulfilment? Does it promote a way for you to achieve your dreams and goals?

In my work I mostly deal with negative minded people that life has dealt an unjust path upon which they are treading. This had made it so that I am having difficulty to remain focused on the positives in my own life.

I asked a friend as to what I could do; he said turn the TV off. My response to that was I only watch basically the news and live sports programs.

He said turn it off, so I did for a period of 3 months and I was amazed how it made a difference for me to remain positive in the negative environment of my work. I thought this was a bit extreme until I examined what I was watching on the TV. Most news items are depressive and negative based: five killed in a car accident; 15 people blown up with a car bomb explosion; rapist rapes a 10 year old going home from school; etc.

I did not need this negative input in my mind because it does not add anything to my mind that builds positive results. Now I must explain I am not suggesting that you have to stop watching TV but to choose carefully what you watch as all visual input has an impact in your brain either in a positive or a negative way. Reading materials that impact negatively on your mind should also be avoided.

The friends that you choose to hang around with also impact you. Are your friends encouraging you to step up to the next level in life? If not do you want to remain being pulled down by their attitude and beliefs and to maintain a positive difference in your own life it is necessary at times to make the tough decision that if your friends are unwilling to change; then befriend people that will help you attain your goals.

Discipline is a bit like swimming upstream, it is always much easier to go with the flow. If your desire is to find purpose and fulfilment for your life then it is hard disciplined journey, but with a little effort you can make it.

There is nothing better in life than to be able to look back and with conviction and say ‘I have made a positive difference as I walked through my journey of life’.

If you are finding it difficult to remain disciplined in your life find a role model and (a) mentor that you look up to and ask them to help you.

Where are you at present?


Do you live a disciplined life?

Are you seeking positive influences to impact your life?

Where on the scale below would you say you are right now?
Lowest 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Highest
What would it take to move you one number higher?

(It is important that you include your answer on the line)

Seeing that you can’t write your answer here. I would suggest that you download the word document from the link below.

This would also allow you to add notes about thoughts and feelings that you could review at a later date and see if or how they have changed.

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