Pretty much all of us would like to do good things. You want to know that when you leave this existence, you did something worthwhile while you were here – that you lived a life worth living.
So what does it take to accomplish something of an enduring nature – to move from success to significance? You may not like the answer…
Because to accomplish success in anything, you must first reach a certain level of success in the management of your own mind.
I spent a lot of years drinking, drugging, and acting out in a lot of ways, enjoying every immediate gratification I could find. And I won’t lie to you; there is a degree of satisfaction in that. But it is only a degree.
The difference between an animal and someone with no discipline is that the person without discipline has a much wider range of desires – and experiences an equally corresponding variety of suffering.
Because you always chase after that first high, but it’s never equaled. No conquest is satisfactory, because you’re on the hunt for the next one. No matter how many things you collect, someone else still has something you covet.
When you practice self-discipline, you stop existing and begin to really live. As we discussed in a previous post, this isn’t simply denial, because denial eventually gets overcome.
It starts with a form of denial: self-control. Then you move to purification, where the desire falls away. And finally to relinquishment, where you no longer desire the thing.
It’s no always easy. In fact, it almost never is. But man, the payoff is worth it! So where do you need to practice self-discipline?