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Discipline is the Refining Fire by Michael Aloia

on August 9, 2012

Discipline is the Refining Fire

To be more exact, self-discipline is the refining fire by which our talent becomes ability. Without it, we remain raw and untapped – our potential never truly realized. Self-discipline gives us that edge – the focus, the will. It sets us on a path and keeps us from taking a wrong turn. Self-discipline is the spark to ignite progress when the flames begin to fade and fire seems to die out. Self-discipline sets us apart from the norm.  It keeps us hungry and it builds character. Self-discipline keeps us in the game long after everyone else has gone home or given up.

As the world watches its best athletes compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics, we all witness first-hand what self-discipline can achieve – it achieves greatness. This greatness is not necessarily determined by a gold or silver medal, but the sheer feat of being on an Olympic team. At that moment – win or lose – they are one of the best of the best. Achieved through self-discipline.

As we go through our daily lives, our own self-discipline standards and practices will play a major role in our ability to achieve. Again, it is not the difference between winning and losing, but the difference between who we are now and who we will become tomorrow.

Be the difference!

– Michael Aloia
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Check out Michael’s books: “How Aikido Can Change the World” and “Rescuer Mindset


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