Disciplined life, for most of us this is a challenging concept. In my recent attending of the One24 first annual convention in Las Vegas I purchased, added, a new book to my success library. It is entitled “Stepping Stones To Success.” It is a compilation of interviews conducted by David Wright of noted mentors in varied walks of life. Dr. Denis Waitley was one those contributing to this inspirational book.
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Denis Waitley has authored 12 non-fiction books and has more than 12 million audio programs sold in fourteen languages. “The Psychology of Winning” is the all time best selling program on self mastery. I personally own both the book and the audio tapes.
I want to share some of the excerpts from his interview in “Stepping Stones To Success”. These key points are the foundation to all of our striving toward whatever goal we may have set for ourselves.
Excerpts from Denis’ interview:
“I believe many of us are a redwood tree in a flowerpot. We’ve become root-bound by our earlier environment, and it’s up to each of us to realize that and break out of our flower pot if we’re going to grow to our full potential.
Like so many of us Denis’ grandmother was a key figure in his life…she helped him plant what she called a victory garden. She explained that weeds would come unannounced and uninvited, but explained that you don’t need to worry about weeds coming into your life, they don’t even need to be watered. She shared that they will show up in your life, but what you need to do, my grandson, is model your life after people who’ve been consistent and real in their contribution as role models and mentors and ignore the weeds.
She told him that his library card would be much more valuable then a Master Card. Denis began reading biography’s of people that had overcome so much more than what he had gone through. It inspired him to realize if great men of history had overcome such great problems in life that he too could certainly succeed.
Dennis went from being the original surfer boy to entering Annapolis. It was there that he was introduced to the concept of a Disciplined Life, in the way only the military can do. He learned that the effort required to become successful was habit-forming. He learned that in order to survive as a Navy pilot he must develop the highest level of discipline. He said it set the stage for working more on a daily basis at habit formation than at just being a positive thinker only. ~~~~~~~~~
Many of us have struggled with achieving success through positive thinking, maybe at times being diligent in attempting to reprogram our minds to positive thoughts through affirmations, BUT sadly discover that our goals continue to elude us in spite of our dedication to positive thinking. According to Dennis Waitley (and I whole heatedly agree) perhaps the missing key ingredient to our elusive success is a more Disciplined Life!
If you consider those you might admire as being great or successful in your eyes chances are that not only were they positive in their thinking, but perhaps most importantly they were disciplined in their pursuit of their accomplishments. They had laser focus, not allowing distractions, single minded, most of their daily efforts were directed to accomplishing their “to do” list, day in and day out.
Yes, positive thinking has great value, but coupled with a
it becomes a formula for guaranteed success.
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