It’s ironic, but real freedom comes from discipline. It’s all about self-control. Most of us think we hate it. But it offers us the best chance for happiness and harmony.
Everything at its core essence is energy. And when we allow our mental energy to follow the path of least resistance, it leads to weakness. Which could show up as poor food choices, drug addictions, infidelity, or a host of others things that may seem gratifying in the moment, but lead to negative consequences in the end.
When mental energy is channeled toward higher aspirations, it becomes power. But that power is created by self-control.
You develop happiness, wisdom and greatness in the measure you control yourself. You actually transmute your lower inclinations into positive and creative outputs. (The chapter on sexual transmutation in “Think and Grow Rich” is a great exploration of this.)
If you don’t control yourself, you are controlled by your circumstances. If you can’t gratify the desire of every moment, you feel miserable. Then you look for happiness in outside things. But true happiness only comes from the inside.
Energy is never lost. It can be transformed, or rerouted, but never destroyed. When you practice the self-control to channel it, that’s where the bursts of creativity, power and greatness come from.
So how are you doing on this? Got any tips for how you practice and strengthen your self-control? And what has it meant to you when you did or didn’t? Please share how you apply this in your life, and we’ll pick up there on the next post.