“The key to happiness is to reduce expectation.”-James Allen
“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”- Aristotle
“What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience.”- Adam Smith, economist
Happiness comes from self-discipline. Self-discipline is the key to success. You must be a student of self-discipline if you are to make it in life. Believe it or not, nothing happens without self-discipline. Discipline is hard. But if you commit yourself to the art of discipline, success is yours.
When you have the courage to discipline yourself, you can achieve whatever you want to achieve in your life. You can’t do anything productive without self-discipline. If you want to achieve success in life, in your business, and in your relationships, you must practice the art of self-discipline.
You can do it. It is hard to always do the right thing. Sometimes you succeed, other times not. But it is okay to miss a day or two, but don’t stop doing the right thing. Don’t associate yourself with people who are not practicing the art of self-discipline. They will waste your time. They will take you to where you don’t want to be. You must focus on what is in front of you. You must do what will help you get to the next level.
Instead of watching TV, do your work. Instead of doing what will hurt you, do something that will help you reach your goal. For example, instead of struggling with something you don’t know how to do, reach out to a friend who can help you. Surround yourself with people who are ready and willing to help you.
Self-discipline is not easy to practice, but it is the only way forward. It is what you need to succeed. Don’t wait for people to tell you what to do. Don’t do what is nice to do. If you want to grow, you must do what is hard to do. You must do what you are not comfortable doing. You must do what you don’t like to do. Can you?
My friend, believe it or not, you are making things hard for yourself. Things happen to us for a reason. Nature does not make things hard for us. Nature makes things authentic, real , and beautiful.
Don’t engage yourself in a fight that you cannot win. Pick what you can do, do it very well. Don’t pick what you cannot do. If you do, you are making things really difficult for yourself. Life is not hard. Life is not difficult if you know how to live it. Life is yours to enjoy, not to abuse. Life is your to share, not to hide. Life is yours to celebrate, not to endure. Life is yours to make happen, not to waste. Life is sweet, not bitter.
According to Anthony de Mello, “Life is easy, life is delightful. It’s only hard on your illusions, your ambitions, your greed, your cravings.” We make things difficult for ourselves. We make life hard for ourselves because we don’t know how to live it. We pay attention to the wrong things. We think the wrong thoughts. We don’t pursue our dreams, but other people’s dreams. We ignore our needs, wants, and concerns. Instead, we make other people happy. We choose material things over our own spiritual life. That is not a life. That is not the way forward. Instead, it is the way backward. Life is still easy. You can make it even easier for yourself.
How? Don’t search for happiness; happiness is already in you. Just connect with it. Don’t take what doesn’t belong to you. Help other people, but don’t carry them. Be grateful for what you have. Live your life in your own way. Don’t stress yourself over the little things. But don’t ignore them. You need the little guys to get to where you are going to. Above all, don’t try to be who you are not. That is deadly! Don’t do it. It is comfortable to do, but don’t do it. No matter how hard, be your REAL self. Even if other people don’t like you, but if you like yourself, that is good enough.