Discipline Will Lead You To Your Masterpiece


By Todd Duncan

Jim Rohn once said, “For every disciplined effort, there is a multiple reward.”  And when you think about it, discipline is one of your best allies when it comes to success.  That’s because you will never change your life or your business without daily disciplines that keep you focused on success.  Masterpieces are created when you make good decisions each day and then commit to managing those decisions that you have made. I like John Wooden’s advice when he says, “make each day your masterpiece.”  As I look at the autographed basketball and Pyramid of Success he gave to me, I’m reminded that he constantly instructed his players to make each day their masterpiece:

"When I was teaching basketball, I urged my players to try their hardest to improve on that very day, to make that practice a masterpiece.  Too often we get distracted by what is outside our control.  You can’t do anything about yesterday.  The door to the past has been shut and the key thrown away.  You can do nothing about tomorrow. It is yet to come. 

However, tomorrow is in large part determined by what you do today.  So make today a masterpiece…This rule is even more important in life than in basketball.  You have to apply yourself everyday to become a little better.  By applying yourself to the task of becoming a little bit better each and every day over a period of time, you will become a lot better.  Only then will you be able to approach being the best you can be."
And, you do have the power to be your best.  Think of it this way:  How would the person you see yourself becoming in the future be acting today, in the present?  What would you be doing on a regular basis?  What would you be embarrassed to find that you weren't doing?  Is there room for a few fresh strokes on your canvas of success to paint a brighter future?

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