The Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Regret

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Updated: November 23, 2015

Motivational Monday with Coach Rozy
The Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Regret
November 23, 2015

Success Leader, Jim Rohn, often said, “We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”

As we approach the New Year, (can you believe we’re only a few weeks away!) we also approach setting those great New Year goals. With that choice to CHANGE YOU, comes the need to apply discipline into your routine. What we find is that many, after just a few weeks, often feel the pain of regret. Regret that they didn’t stick with their vision and dreams for a YOU THAT HAS CHANGED. The thing to remember is that discipline is rarely easy, and much of it is a pain—at least at first. But regret is a much bigger price to pay.

To me, part of living your best life is living a life with no regrets. Sure, there are things we all might want to do differently when we look back to the past, but regret is a heavy burden to bear. Jim said discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.

With discipline, and over time, we get stronger with each day and each baby step we take. We find that the progress gets easier. And it rarely has to be the Marine Corp Boot Camp kind of discipline. Good, solid, everyday habits result in consistent progress. In fact, being inconsistent in doing the right things is where most people fall down.
“Things that are easy to do, are also easy not to do.”

A few bad habits repeated regularly over a period of time may very well lead to regret. The over-eating, over-drinking, not enough exercise, not saving for retirement, spending more than you earn all adds up. And the price can be high. Regret is the unwelcome reward.

But likewise, the discipline of good habits practiced consistently adds up, too. Moving your body a little each day leads to better health. Putting away a few dollars each week and month leads to more financial freedom and greater income. Showing someone that is special in your life that they are important builds better relationships. The day to day, week to week and then year to year adds up to huge results from proper, persistent practices. The rewards can build up to huge success.

I hope you’ll agree that the pain of discipline is far better than the pain of regret.
What disciplines do you need to establish or get better at doing regularly? What small pains are you willing to trade to prevent the gnawing, gut-wrenching regret of not having done what you needed to do?

Think about this as you move into 2016 – and before you set those New Year Goals.

One Comment

  1. Shane Watson

    May 12, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Psychologists and popular authors will point to metabolic DNA and family propensity, Things they prefer to blame on idiosyncrasies of nature, I don’t. I prefer to think of hit as a completely changeable glitch in the matrix. A Human Choice Gone Wrong.

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