Self-Discipline and Freedom

Freedom and self-discipline are two sides of the same coin; you can’t have one without the other.

Self-discipline produces freedom.

It is a form of self-mastery that allows you the opportunity to choose your own path with confidence and certainty, free from doubt, fear and indecision.

Self-discipline and self-control is using willpower over emotions and reason over desires.

Self-discipline gives you the freedom to not think about how you are doing something, and instead, to focus on what you’re doing.

How?

Because keeping your attention on the ultimate goal permits you to play the music not the notes.

To a salesperson, self-discipline means one thing: you do what you’ve got to do, when you’ve got to do it. It means you get the job done; no matter what.

Countless others agree. Here are a few quotes:

If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us. William Feather

With self-discipline most anything is possible. Theodore Roosevelt 

If you’re not willing to accept your own discipline, you’re not going to accomplish 2% of what you could have. Tom Hopkins

Self-discipline is crucial to a simpler, more contented life. Tenzin Gyats

Self-discipline opens doors of opportunity while preparing you for it at the same time. It puts you back in charge of your own life.

But it seems that self-discipline has acquired an undesirable subtext and a negative connotation.

Too many people equate discipline with punishment, bringing up memories of Catholic teachers with rulers, tough boot camp sergeants, and other equally undesirable experiences.

Even the dictionary uses the word, punishment, as one of the definitions of discipline. So, it’s not a stretch to see that discipline has gotten connotation as being something bad.

But is it?

The meaning of “control” – used liberally in defining discipline – gives us an answer.

Control means an orderly, predictable conduct or pattern of behavior. It is more easily understood by compassion with its opposite – out of control.

Instinctively we know when things are going out of control – such as in a sales cycle for exampleit means something bad is about to happen.

Out of control means things are unmanageable, disorderly, unpredictable and generally undesirable.

Under control means things are manageable, orderly, predictable and more desirable.

And simply stated, discipline is a way to get things under control and going in the right direction.

In this way, situations and people are better managed to the benefit of all.

For a salesperson, self-discipline and self-control are two of the most important tools you can learn and use.

Why?

Because, the first thing you must master is yourself. This puts you back in control as the executive in charge of your attention, your thoughts, emotions and your life.

Words like willpower, determination, and persistence play a big part, but at its root, self-discipline is positive, predictable control.

Self-discipline really is freedom, when used constructively.

Even customers welcome positive, beneficial control when they see a benefit for them. They resist when it’s obvious you are only trying to help yourself.

Self-discipline will give you the freedom to stay on the right track and accomplish those things that are really important to you.

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One Response to “Self-Discipline and Freedom”

  1. I’ve had this blog up and running for several years and no one else has ever had this issue of the text running off the screen. If others have the same problem, please let me know. Thanks, Dan

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