We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.
The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.
Discipline – Activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training. Behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control. To bring to a state of order and obedience by training and control.
What Is The Quote Suggesting?
It suggests that being disciplined is tough.
It pretty much acknowledges that, when it starts out by saying discipline is a pain that affects us all.
Being disciplined takes a lot of work and we have to give up some things, which are quite often pleasurable.
However, it next goes on to talk about another type of pain that affects us all; the pain of regret.
Regret is something that comes to us later in the process than discipline does.
Somewhere along the way, we have the option to decide whether or not to be disciplined.
When we choose to NOT be disciplined, it is quite possible we will regret that decision somewhere down the line.
My Own Personal Story
Now, at the age of 53, I’m in the best shape of my life. I’ve never felt better. I’ve got my head on straight, I eat better and I exercise quite a bit.
In other words I’ve incorporated the 3 Steps to LASTING Weight Loss into my own life.
My only regret is that it took me 49 1/2 years to figure it all out . . .
While I’m happy with my life, I have no doubt things could have (and probably would have) turned out differently had I incorporated the 3 Steps to LASTING Weight Loss into my life at a much earlier age.
But that is the past and there is no point in dwelling on it.
Remember, the past is what we learn from, NOT where we live.
We must not beat ourselves up over out previous mistakes (i.e.—times when we were not disciplined).
Instead, we must learn from these mistakes and do our best not to repeat them.
Back to the quote
The quote then goes on to compare the amount of pain we can suffer by being disciplined in the beginning, with the pain we are likely to suffer later on down the line if we are NOT disciplined.
In other words, discipline and regret are two opposites sides of the same coin.
It concludes by suggesting that the initial pain we might suffer if we choose to be disciplined is small, in comparison to the regret we may feel later in life that results from our earlier lack of discipline.
After all, an ounce is 1/32000th of a ton.
Is It Really That Hard to be Disciplined?
Yes and no.
I have found, in my own personal life, that the fear I had of what I might have to give up, often kept me from getting started down a disciplined path.
I also found, that once I finally DID get started, it was almost always not nearly as bad as I might have imagined.
In other words, a large portion of what it takes to be disciplined is in your mind. Some of it is in your body, but most of it is in your mind.
So, Why Does Regret Weigh More Than Discipline?
Regret usually doesn’t come into the picture until something bad happens.
For example, by not having lost weight sooner in my life, I missed out on some opportunities. While there are new opportunities constantly coming my way, those opportunities are gone; never to be seen again.
Had I done the appropriate thing, IN THE BEGINNING, I might not have missed out on those opportunities.
Another reason is that we quite often don’t regret things until it is too late.
They say that as we grow older, we will look back on our lives and appreciate the things we’ve done right and quite often feel regret for the things we’ve done wrong; for the things we missed out on.
I don’t know about you, but I would prefer to not have to feel regret toward the end of my life.
So, What Can We Do About All This?
It’s simple! We can all make a conscious choice to become more disciplined (unless you already are, in which case you can ignore this article).
What does it take to become disciplined?
It takes the act of us deciding that we are going to do what it takes; that we are going to put up with the short term pain of discipline, so that we don’t have to live with the long-term pain of regret.
Put down that second piece of cake.
Get up a little earlier four or five days a week and go for a walk.
There are countless ways you can become more disciplined.
In fact, you don’t really need me to tell you what they are.
You are quite capable of deciding for yourself, just exactly what it is that you need to do.
All it takes is for you to make the decision to get started.
Well? What are you waiting for, get to it—NOW !!!
Until next time, may you find your path by walking it . . .
About The Author
Stanley F. Bronstein
Attorney, CPA and Author
President and Member Board of Directors
As his 50th birthday grew nearer, Stanley decided enough was enough. He was tired of living a life of obesity.
Since February 2009, Stanley has dropped from a weight of 320 pounds to the mid-190s. He has gone from a life of inactivity to walking a half-marathon daily and full marathons on many weekends.
His latest book in what he calls his “iWarriorWalk Pathfinder Series” is designed to help people ask (and answer) key questions about themselves. Stanley believes that the only way We The People of the United States are going to solve our problems (especially the growing problem of obesity) is by asking the right questions and by coming up with appropriate answers.
Through Foundation EON, he hopes to help you (and America) do just that.
For more information on Stanley, visit SuperChangeYourLife.com