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Friday, July 25, 2008

Discipline Has Its Rewards

Transmutation of sex energy calls for more willpower than the average person cares to use for this purpose. However, those who find it difficult to summon willpower sufficient for transmutation may gradually acquire this ability. Though this requires willpower, the reward for the practice is more than worth the effort.

After all, all we’re saying is conserve your sexual energy, the most powerful driver of all creation, and direct it to noteworthy pursuits. Don’t sow your wild oats. Be inspired by a worthy love and worthy causes - move on your definite chief aim in the same spirit.

It’s always easier to follow your animal passions of the moment, as former Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad observes:
“Most people give in to their baser instincts, thinking more of short-term pleasures and gains than the kind of sustained self-restraint required in order to practice what is good and reject what is bad.”

Among what Confucius calls the “masses”, discipline is almost a bad word. Among the elite, those with vision - the productive, the actualizing - discipline is a very good term. Following its dictates - concentrating your time, energy, and effort towards goal achieving ends, rather than merely tension relieving ends, gives you full sail under power to achieve all the good things in your life you are motivated to achieve.

Those who embrace this philosophy apply to the “willing discipline” theory, believing to be inspired makes all necessary effort light. Review again the weight-loss example cited earlier in this chapter to make engaging the magic of discipline to your ends easy for you.

Speaking of discipline, it goes without saying that every person who desires the true riches of life understands you must maintain your health to make sustained noteworthy achievements. You need to implement a lifestyle that includes good nutrition, plenty of water, aerobic exercise, strength training, adequate rest, recreation, and a social and spiritual component. Cultivate good habits and avoid excess in all things. There are all kinds of literature and programs on a healthy, holistic lifestyle.

The majority of humans live lives that Shakespeare identifies as… “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

You, however, live a life of energy harnessed to a practical end. You are an actualizing being. Fruitful.