Discipline and Perseverance

Most of us have average intelligence and mind sets. Discipline and perseverance can allow us to reap the full capacity of our brains.

Some Thoughts

“He who lives without discipline dies without honor.” An Icelandic Proverb

“Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.” Thucydides

“The first and greatest victory is to conquer self.” Plato

“He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power. – Seneca

Develop Your Abilities

There are only two results of our decisions: the discomfort and inconvenience of discipline or the outcomes of dismay and remorse for our life choices. It’s not enough that we have talent; the key is to manage and develop our abilities . Understanding our reasons for process and implementing consistent habits will help us achieve our desired outcomes. I understand outcomes can verge on the miraculous; an expectation I live by.

My view of discipline isn’t a form of punishment or reprimand (there aren’t any five year olds in my house). I choose to act upon learning, training and study.

My discipline requires action regulated to be in accordance with my own self-governance. I have learned that to excel I have had to become victorious over me. Doing tasks others won’t even consider gives me leverage over my personal desires and outcomes.

Discipline Is What We Do For Ourselves

Discipline comes from myself; it does not come from another person’s standards, yet can be inspired by their example. On my path, I apply discipline to learning and application to see results in personal objectives.

It is a personal dynamic which originates within us. I do my work for it’s own sake, not for appreciation of others, their attention or financial gain. Yet, to be honest, those things are in the back of my mind.


Understanding and religiously practicing the habits I have put in to place are showing up as daily successes. Discipline and perseverance can be used as mechanisms for seeking out the how and why. It is important to have better choices, more options, more flexibility and more time for endeavors that are crucial.

The first thing about perseverance? Not giving up.

The idea is to keep going and achieve results. Sticking with it may be the best way we can measure success.

Most of us aren’t geniuses. Believe me, I hang our around a lot of geniuses. I have to keep plugging away, focus and work as hard as I am capable to even follow in their wake.

Defeating The Reptile Within

I am learning how to conquer my lizard brain; it just wants to set in front of the TV and wait for my next meal. They say perseverance is representative of courage. I’m not out defeating lions, tigers and bears or overcoming dependence. I’m not exactly sure what sort of courage “they” are talking about. All I know is that my higher brain wants to breakthrough and accomplish goals.

In the course of a day, we can engage in several activities which spur on learning. Perfect practice makes perfect. I will continue engaging in the processes I have decided upon. The results will be revealed.

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2 responses to “Discipline and Perseverance”

  1. Bryan,

    Love seeing this drop into my inbox. The best part is that it’s all cheeze and no whine! This particular title about Discipline and Perseverance is always a good reminder to slay that “reptile” which to me of late has been imposter syndrome!

    Look forward to receiving the good word again soon and hopefully to share some banter soon!


    • Thank you Andy. Wow, I am working on an Imposter Syndrome Post as well. Yes, I miss the banter and the flat out grins. Thank You, Very Much. Soon, we return. Bry

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