50 Words to Your Dreams Chapter 44 Discipline by Michael George Knight


Discipline can be described as doing what you know you should do, when it ought to be done whether you feel like it or not. We all know what we should do but we don’t apply self-discipline to push through the excuses to get it done. Excuses are easy, everyone has them.

They are cheap just like opinions, it’s discipline that throws excuses to the curb and gets the job done. David Goggins says “Don’t talk about it, be about it. The number one discipline that you need for success is never giving up and never stop taking action.


Discipline is the surest way to make your dreams a reality. The discipline of taking action on your highest priorities, not your lowest. Discipline of waking up early and getting after it, discipline of self-education, discipline of reading, discipline to get your body in optimal shape so it can provide you with the strength and energy you need to live an energetic life. Disciple to eat and drink that the right stuff. Discipline to stay on the health track instead of the dirt road to sickness. Discipline of putting yourself out there and dealing with rejection and setbacks while continuing to move forward no matter what. No one who has ever achieved anything worth wild hasn’t applied discipline in their life, no one! Remember Disciplined Action x Time = Success.



Discipline never goes away because discipline is a choice acted upon, and guess what we make choices every minute of every day. Seemly small inconsequential choices of what to do next. The choice of what to do next is a never escaping choice that we are presented with in the now, which is always our present moment. It’s your discipline or lack of discipline that is going to determine if your next actions are goal achieving actions or tension reliving actions. Discipline is minute by minute, action by action, thought by thought.



Schedule discipline into your tomorrow today. How simple, yet difficult for most. Most things in life are simple but difficult. Simply prioritize your top 3 goals in life. Break them down into daily actionable steps for achievement and schedule those action steps into your tomorrow. Create time in your tomorrow’s schedule to take disciplined goal achieving actions. Simple yes, but most won’t. Schedule a workout, schedule a meeting with a client, schedule time to meal prep for health, schedule time to learn, schedule journaling, schedule anything and everything that will move the needle to goal achievement. If you are struggling to make time in your schedule, time to look at your life and pull out your imaginary eraser. Erase your biggest distractions and self-distractions you use to procrastinate on your top 3 goals. Drop TV, drop the internet, drop socializing, drop anything that is taking you away from dream realization and success. Reprioritize your sleep patterns if needed to either wake up early or stay up later, if that’s what it takes to work on your goals. As Jocko Willink says, “Discipline equals freedom.”




All your habits you have are the result of your habitual thinking, habitual inner dialogue, habitual self-programming and your habitual activity. Constantly doing the same things to create your identity which shapes and molds your behavior. What you do ultimately comes down to the self-identity you carry around in your head. To create a new identity will require you to drop the old you to create the next and better you. New actions require new thinking and new empowering self talk. The simplified formula is New Actions x Time = New Habits. Taking new actions requires will power and a large amount of discipline, but taking repeated actions and converting actions into habits and then into a new identity takes less will power and less discipline over time. Because what was once hard has now become easy due to habit and identity change. New disciplines creates new habits which in turn creates a new identity and ultimately a new you. Remember discipline is what gets the plane up in the air, habit is what keeps the plane flying in the air.




  • A lack of personal discipline in one area nearly always shows up in other areas. (Larry Winget)
  • A new discipline immediately changes the direction of your life, like a ship turning in mid-ocean and heading toward a new destination. (Jim Rohn)
  • Achieving success when we have dedication, commitment, and self-disciple is almost a certainty. (Tom Hopkins)
  • Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion. Affirmation with discipline creates miracles. You must have both affirmation and discipline. You need faith behind your works. (Jim Rohn)
  • Concentrate on one thing, the most important thing, and stay with it until it’s complete. (Brian Tracy)
  • Consistency builds discipline, disciplined actions done consistently create success. (Grant Cardone)
  • Discipline comes through self-control. This means that one must control all negative qualities. Before you can control conditions, you must first control yourself. (Napoleon Hill)
  • Discipline is the ability to give yourself a command and then follow it. (Bob Proctor)
  • Discipline is the bridge between thought and accomplishment, the bridge between inspiration and value achievement, the bridge between necessity and productivity. (Jim Rohn)
  • Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure. (Jim Rohn)
  • Discipline requires work a daily commitment steeped in action in order to achieve your goals. That’s my problem with goal setting. Too much focus on the goal and not nearly enough focus on the daily commitment or the action necessary to achieve the goal. (Larry Winget)
  • Every error defeated by disciplined activity paves the way for our future success. And that is how the life puzzle is completed, a single victory at a time. (Jim Rohn)
  • Having self-discipline makes a tremendous difference a difference too great to measure. It’s not something you’re given, not something you inherit, self-discipline is something that you acquire by yourself. (Tom Hopkins)
  • He who conquers others is strong. He who conquers himself is mighty. (Lao-Tsu)
  • I learned to discipline myself to do things I didn’t want to do. (Edward James Olmos)
  • If we do not discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us. (William Feather)
  • If you want to achieve anything in life, it is not enough to merely wish for it. You must develop that kind of 4:30am discipline that distinguishes you from others. (Armstrong Williams)
  • In fact, discipline actually gives us more freedom than we’d have without it. (Dexter Yager)
  • It is one thing to praise discipline, and another to submit to it. (Miguel de Cervantes)
  • It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through. (Zig Ziglar)
  • It’s just a matter of understanding what’s necessary and discipline yourself to do it. (Arthur Lydiard)
  • Only through the consistent application of discipline can we prevent the negative tendencies of life from destroying our plans. (Jim Rohn)
  • Possessing the ability to do the most productive thing possible at most given moments requires a high degree of self-discipline. (Tom Hopkins)
  • Self-discipline is the most important quality for assuring long term success. The ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not. Your ability to discipline yourself to pay the price of success in advance and to continue paying it until you achieve the goal is the true mark of the winning human being. Sacrifice in the short term is the price you pay for long term security. (Herbert Gray)
  • Self-discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don’t talk back. (W K. Hope)
  • Start a little earlier, work a little harder stay a little later, discipline yourself when you don’t feel like it and persist. You build your self-discipline, self-discipline is the basis for self-confidence. (Brian Tracy)
  • Teenagers look at discipline as a drag and a burden. Adults have discovered that it’s the doorway to freedom. It freed you to succeed. (Dexter Yager)
  • The formula for success; a few simple daily disciplines practiced everyday. Eliminate the errors and replace them with the disciplines practiced. (Jim Rohn)
  • The mechanism of the mind is a profound system of organized power which can be released by one means: strict self-discipline. (Andrew Carnegie)
  • The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline. (Bum Phillips)
  • There’s trained and untrained, which are you? (Movie; Man on Fire)
  • Through discipline comes freedom. (Aristotle)
  • To develop self-discipline is to take possession of your mind with such strength that your emotions and appetites are brought under control. (Tom Hopkins)
  • We all must suffer the two pains, the pain of discipline or the pain of regret, regret weighs tons, discipline weighs kilos. (Jim Rohn)
  • Will-power and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair. (Napoleon Hill)
  • Without discipline, it is nearly impossible to be successful. (Unknown)
  • You will only become truly prosperous when you have disciplined your mind. (James Allen)


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