Posts Tagged ‘discipline’

The Fifteen-Minute Challenge

November 11, 2012

In church today, the minister told of a motivational speaker who appeared to be the epitome of vibrant health. She told her audience that she hadn’t always been so fit. In fact, she had lost upwards of one hundred twenty-five pounds through diet and exercise. When a member of the audience asked her if she still had cravings for “bad” food, she acknowledged that she did. However, she resisted those cravings thanks to what she called the Fifteen Minute rule.

Whenever she wanted to eat something she knew she shouldn’t, she told herself she could (more…)

The Discipline Diet

October 1, 2011

Pretty much everybody wants to be in better shape and feel more vibrant. The Discipline Diet is an effective way to move you closer to those goals. It has less to do with what you eat than when and how much you eat. Simply put, if you eat a little less often, and a little less whenever you do eat, you’ll sleep better, feel more rested and enjoy greater mental clarity.

Here’s why the Discipline Diet works: Digestion requires more of your body’s energy—about thirty percent—than any other bodily process. By minimizing digestion, your body can use that energy to detoxify, heal and repair.

Yes, eating this way requires discipline. No worries. You don’t have to be perfect. Even if you can put these principles into action 50 percent of the time, you’ll be well on your way to looking and feeling better. And remember:

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.
Jim Rohn

Let’s get started! Here are the three simple guidelines of the Discipline Diet:

• Wait as long as you can before eating your first meal of the day. When you get hungry, (more…)

The Forests of Stagnation

April 1, 2011




Your future glows ever more brightly the more pure your desire to be a positive force for good in the world.





Nature magically suits the man to his fortunes, by making these the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Devote your life to the pursuit of self-gratification, and the compartments of your (more…)

Act As If It Is Impossible to Fail

February 13, 2011






Clarity about your life’s work triggers an enduring call to action. Devotion to your calling liberates you from the rhythms and routines of an ordinary life.

Every sort of mastery is an increase of one’s freedom.
Henri Frédéric Amiel






No longer held hostage by the expectations of an unsympathetic world, you answer only to the authority of (more…)

Create! Today!

November 7, 2010




You say you want to write a book. Begin writing today! Until you write, you are not a writer.



A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.
Abraham Maslow

You say you want to paint. Begin painting today! Until you paint, you are not a painter.

Alas for those who never sing and die with all their music in them.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

You say you (more…)

Self-Respect is the Fruit of Discipline

August 7, 2010







To live with integrity, the ethics of your inner life and the ethics of your public behavior must be one and the same.

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
French proverb











Though no one would be the wiser, you banish (more…)

The Pain of Discipline

June 29, 2010




Spiritual growth requires daily recommitment. Great changes will occur when you resolve to be a little more positive, a little more loving, every day. A daily spiritual practice can elevate your consciousness, instill a sense of harmony with life’s rhythms, and promote a subtle but enduring state of joy and gratitude.



But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
Albert Camus

The operative word is “daily.” You cannot maintain a higher consciousness by meditating, chanting, praying, or reading inspirational content sporadically. You might as well prepare for a career as a concert pianist by playing ten minutes of Mozart every other day.

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or (more…)

Be Kind to Yourself

November 29, 2009

Not long ago, I shared a table at the raw food restaurant I frequent with a handful of friends, one of whom was a woman who was relatively new to the concept of a raw food diet. After hearing some of our stories, she enthusiastically announced that she was going to go 100 percent raw the very next day. Gently, I told her that going raw was not as simple as it sounded, that it typically took two to three years to make the transition, and that she was setting herself up for certain failure.

I bet you can relate to that woman. Who among us hasn’t excitedly started an exercise program, changed our diet, started a spiritual path or leapt into any other self-improvement effort with high hopes and stars in our eyes? And who among us hasn’t raised the white flag after a few days, a few weeks or a few months and slunk away defeated and disappointed in ourselves?

The pattern is always the same. You (more…)