I do what I should do, when I should do it, whether I feel like it or not.
Nothing worthwhile has ever been achieved without discipline. Yet it is the most disliked word. While many approve of it, few follow it. I will not be among the undisciplined crowd at the base of the mountain. I will be at the top with the few who dared to discipline themselves.
I know I am similar to a stone. Yet I will not remain a stone. I will shape myself into a masterpiece of inspiration for generations to come.
I am both the sculptor and the tools of sculpting. My chisel is attitude and my mallet is discipline. I use the tools carefully for even the slightest miscalculation can damage my hand or the stone.
Bit by bit, I rough out unwanted traits in me. And I learn to work with loving discipline for if I try to force myself into something I don’t want to be, I will break. I realize that I become what I want to, by seeing it first and then by carving myself into it with measured blows of discipline.
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Self-discipline is the key to personal greatness. It is the magic quality that opens all doors for you, and makes everything else possible. With self-discipline, the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and intelligence can take him. But without self-discipline, a person with every blessing of background, education and opportunity will seldom rise above mediocrity – Brian Tracy
Each piece I make is a statement, I feel I am leaving little pieces of me and how I feel embedded in the sculpture. You have to learn to work with the stone, if you try to force it into something it doesn’t want to be, it will break. Eventually, you become part of the sculpture, and you can feel if it is right. – Gordon Cline
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If A=1, B=2, C=3 and so on till Z=26, then ATTITUDE is 100. What most of us perhaps are not aware of is that DISCIPLINE is also 100. That means with attitude and discipline we can achieve 200%. (A=1 T=20 T=20 I=9 T=20 U=21 D=4 E=5) + (D=4 I=9 S=19 C=3 I=9 P=16 L=12 I=9 N=14 E=5) = 200 – Anon
There are 999 other success principles that I have found in my reading and experience, but without self-discipline, none of them work. – Marion Rudy Kopmeyer
The picture used in this is post is one I admire and respect the most. It is a sculpture by Bobbie Carlyle. It is his vision of a Self Made Man who is carving himself out of stone, carving his character, carving his future.