The Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Regret …. The Choice is Yours!

Are you doing everything you can with all those amazing talents and gifts of yours?  Do you even know how extraordinary you are?   I hope so!

Well, if for some reason you do not realize how much you rock 😉 , you might want to head back to Part 1 and 2 of this 5 part series covering Jim Rohn’s book, The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle.  In these first 2 sections, I covered how what we think, our personal philosophy, and what we feel, our attitude, will either move us forward in our pursuit of the good life OR will stop us dead in our tracks.

“But a growing awareness and a positive attitude are not enough in and of themselves.  What we know and how we feel merely determine our potential for achievement.  Whether we actually achieve our goals is ultimately determined by our activity.

And this is what leads us to Part 3 of this series, the critical role of ACTIVITY!  No matter how well-balanced your philosophy or positive your attitude, without putting these valuable assets to work, they are a waste!  Without action, the best of characters will be laden with excuse after excuse and will not reach the freedom and fulfillment they desire.

Jim Rohn makes an interesting point about achieving our desired results by taking action.  Think about it, why is it that so many “good people” in life are poor and struggling while at the same time there are “bad people” out there fully enjoying the good life?  I mean, if our desire to succeed is as strong as theirs, and we have the added virtue of philosophical refinement and emotional sophistication, how in the world are we not doing better than they are?

Well, the answer is quite simple actually.  The drug dealers and mobsters of the world are learning everything they can about their industry and market, staying up late devising new plans that will take them one step closer to their dreams and then working day in and day out to make those dreams a reality!  Are you?

Again, I hope so (not the drug dealer/ mobster part) 😉 !

OK, OK, you’re probably thinking the same thing I did ~ that this example is comparing apples to oranges!  Not fair!  Hmmm….fair.   What an interesting discussion fairness is!  In reality, we live in a world where people are rewarded based on what they deserve, not what they need. Fair or not, if you have a dream but are doing nothing about it, well, what in the world do you expect?!   So putting ethics aside, the drug dealers and mobsters possess the commitment, consistency and intensity that truthfully would put many people to shame!

“Imagine how different our world would be if we made a commitment right now to put in to action all that we currently are, wherever we currently are, and with whatever we currently have.  What if we all gave 100 percent to our jobs, our families and our communities? ….. What a difference we could make!  In no time at all we would have evil on the run and good would be rushing in to recapture its rightful place.  What a life we could then share with our families – a life filled with challenge, excitement and achievement.  And what an inheritance we could leave to the next generation – a wealth of virtue, integrity and substance with which to build a whole new world – and all because we care enough to do something with our lives and to put our skills and talents to work.”

Hallelujah!  This is what today’s message is all about.  We all say that we want to succeed, but sooner or later, our level of activity must match our level of intent!  Are you just talking the talk, or are you really walking the walk?

Dream big dreams, but don’t stop there!  It is when you turn those dreams into energy that magic happens!  To achieve massive results in life, both professionally and personally, it is essential to take everything you know and everything you feel, and combine it with a desire to have more and be more than you currently are!

“We will all experience one pain or the other – the pain of discipline or the pain of regret – but the difference is that the pain of discipline weighs only ounces while the pain of regret weighs tons.”

Are you carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, or is the world carrying you?  Every single day, you can make a new choice.  Repetition can be your savior or your sword.  Over time, neglect will lead to more neglect and discipline will lead to more discipline.  The choices we make will either build our self-worth or tear it down.  The choice is yours, and yours alone to make!

“Sooner or later we must stop blaming the government, the pay schedule, the banks, the taxes, our neighbors, the boss, company policy, high prices, our co-workers, our past, our parents, the traffic or the weather for our failure to capture our share of the joy that comes from progress.  Once we come to understand how we really got to be where and how we are – that the subtleties of our repeated and accumulated errors are responsible – then the embarrassment of that final truth and our willingness to admit it will start the process of going from pennies to fortune.”

It is important to keep in mind that the action and activity we invest ourselves in needs to be deliberate and planned.  We cannot take action haphazardly if we desire the good life….and it is critical that we don’t mistake movement for achievement.  There is a big difference!  Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter how insignificant the activity may seem, because it is often in the most obscure moments that greatness is birthed.  True success begins when we master the small details, when we simply won’t stand to let the little things slide!

What you can do IS truly remarkable and magnificent.

“People can do the most amazing things, once they have made the decision to tackle the disciplines that lead to a new philosophy, a new attitude and a new intense level of activity.   What people will do, however, is sometimes disappointing.  Any day we choose we can walk away from wherever we are regardless of the circumstances.  ‘Apple by apple,’ one page at a time, one paragraph at a time, one new discipline at a time, we can begin the process of amending our activity to such a degree that today can become the starting point of a whole new life.”

It all comes down to you….going to work on the fundamentals….and believing that the impossible really is possible!  “It is better to aim at the moon and strike an eagle that to aim at the eagle and strike a rock.”

Aim High.  Breathe deeper.  Stretch yourself farther than you knew was possible each and every day.  Act with fierce passion and unrelenting focus, and anything you can dream will be yours!  I hope you have enjoyed another week of wisdom from Jim Rohn, including many of the brilliant quotes he has blessed us with.  Stop back next week for a discussion on the fruits of all this labor, our RESULTS!

Yours In Success,

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55 Responses to “The Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Regret …. The Choice is Yours!”

  1. Great discussion.Blamming others doesn’t do anything to help you grow. It’s better to take responsibility for your life, when you do you are more in control. Then creating your own opportunities to “stretch” your abilities is easier. one door closes another opens…
    .-= Lesly´s last blog ..Are You Brainwshing Yourself? =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Lesly. When one door closes, the thing that stops most people is that they don’t realize that they have to open the door! Or if it’s already open, that they have to actually walk through! 🙂

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  2. Hey Beth,

    OK, I have to add this nook to my “must read” list. Such words of wisdom are wonderful to absorb.

    The statement “We all say that we want to succeed, but sooner or later, our level of activity must match our level of intent!”

    I see so many people say they want things, but they truly aren’t willing to pay the price to get them.

    Focus on the outcome and not the income… is another of my favorite statements as it shows if we focus on taking actions to get our desired outcome, out income will follow.

    Scott

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    bethallen Reply:

    I agree, Scott ~ absorbing words of wisdom is a powerful process that everyone should engage in more often! I know you walk your walk, and appreciate your friendship and leadership. Thanks.

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  3. Hi Beth,

    Great article! I am really excited to know you. You have a very insightful, and passionate way of writing and I can tell you really put your entire soul into your articles. Since it was my first time here, I took some time to get to know the “essence of Beth” and I am really impressed with you. Your focus on the whole being is what it’s all about, and what is attracting some A+ people to you no doubt.
    As for this article, I loved it. Jim Rohn is one of our favorites, and you did him proud. We cannot just talk about success, and profess to be passionate. It must pour out of us as huge activity, and land smack in front of us as massive results!! The world will be benefited by each of our gifts, and we will be blessed with more as they multiply from the giving!

    Live Outside The Box!
    The Possibilities Are Infinite
    Larry and Laura Morris
    .-= Laura Morris´s last blog ..The Passion Project =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    I am excited to get to know you as well Laura & Larry! I really appreciate your kind words. 🙂 I love your last line ~ “the world will be benefited by each of our gifts, and we will be blessed with more as they multiply from the giving!” Fabulous, love it.

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  4. Great article. Love the references to mobsters and drug dealers.

    It is somewhat motivating to know that some criminal is working harder than I am. I’m now driven to outwork the criminals of the world!

    Cheers!

    William Tower

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    bethallen Reply:

    Glad you enjoyed it and got motivated, William ~ hey, whatever works, right? 😉

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  5. Hi Miss Beth! Another vibrant post from you – I’ve come to ‘expect’ them now. Did you feel any pressure just then? 🙂

    Jim is by far one of the best and although I wanted to be a JR in female form, I’ve decided it’s best to just be me, but continue to learn from the best.

    You are blessed and now we are as well for having you in our lives. Excellent post.
    .-= Kellie Frazier´s last blog ..Two Kinds of Leaders; The Honorable Ones and The Dishonorable Ones – Which Do You Want To Be? =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Aww, thanks Kellie! And yeah, way to lay on the pressure! 😉 And yes, always best to be yourself ~ especially when you’re as amazing and inspiring as you!

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  6. Beth,
    You have really hit a homer with this one. Jim was an awesome person who took so many ideas and set them out in easy steps. Not necessarily easy to follow, yet up front and true.

    Taking away the blame and stepping into the responsibility of your own life’s direction IS the way to achieve your dreams.

    I can feel your passion in your words. Thanks so much for sharing a glimpse of who you are at heart – a warm, giving person who’s desire is to help others.
    Val 🙂

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    bethallen Reply:

    Well thanks, Val! That means a lot coming from you. I can’t wait to meet you in a few weeks when I’m in WI ~ let s get that set up! Yeah!

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  7. Hi Beth – this is my first visit to your site – what power and passion in your posts!

    I really like “Are you carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, or is the world carrying you?”

    We each have truly wonderful gifts inside, once we reach in and tap those – the weight of the world lifts and we can begin to let the world carry us.

    Thanks for a beautifully inspiring post!

    –Lori
    .-= Lori Tisot´s last blog ..Networked Blogs – Get More Free Exposure For Your Blog =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thank you Lori, and welcome! I’m glad you found my post inspiring, stop by anytime. I look forward to getting to know you.

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  8. Hey Beth,

    Thanks for continuing to share this great wisdom with us all. I love it!

    I agree that without action nothing will change in our lives. This is something that I saw was missing from the movie The Secret that came out a few years back.

    Wrap up action with true determination, purpose, and believe that it can be done and nothing can stop you!

    Here’s to the action in your life. May it bless you with fulfillment of your dreams and goals.

    Look forward to stopping by next week to see the next post on Fruits…

    Make it a great day!
    God Bless,
    -ed
    .-= Edward´s last blog ..Keeping The DREAM Alive – The DREAM Project Update – Week 3 =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Sure thing, Edward! Yes, the action part being missing from The Secret really messed with a lot of people, I’d say! 😉 Thank you for your kind words!

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  9. You said it all Beth. Life is what you make it. The other day Jonathan Budd said that working 9-5 is so easy. People that complain about that should know how hard the internet marketer works! The analogy of the drug dealer made me laugh because they work hard at what they are doing too.
    But it takes passion to do the work we do and most of the people I’ve met have that passion.
    And of course YOU do!
    Thanks for these wonderful words of wisdom.
    Donna

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    bethallen Reply:

    So true Donna ~ I’ve been pulling 10-12 hour days for a while now, and attempting to be a great mom and wife in the process! Glad you enjoyed the humor of my drug dealer reference. 🙂 I thought it was funny in the book, so had to share it. Pretty sad that they are willing to work harder than a lot of good people to get what they want, eh?

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  10. Beth,
    Great post, thank so much. I always view it as, if you feel like you’re going to die whether you take action or not, make the choice to die with honor. Of course, the only thing that really “dies” is the fear.
    Adam
    .-= Dr. Adam Sheck´s last blog ..Can’t Buy Me Love: How Do Finances Affect Your Relationship? =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom with us, Adam! Much appreciated!

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  11. Beth, I really like the comparison to the mobsters and drug dealers because the reason they have the success they do even though it is illegal is because they are focused on their goals and they of course have a lot of activity. They could not do what they do and have what they have without it and the lesson I got is to have that same type of focus and activity and you will become successful.

    Thanks

    Lori

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yep, it’s a sad comparison, but makes a strong point. Hopefully gets more people taking action! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Lori!

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  12. Hi Beth,
    Yes indeed: golden nugget in this post is activity must match intent. If it doesn’t, achieving what you dream about will be very difficult, if not impossible. I hear all too often people “wishing” for things to happen, but as Jim Rohn says, wishing won’t get you anywhere. You have to DO things to MAKE those wishes come true!

    Again, thank you for writing such an inspirational post! My mind is always invigorated after spending time on your blog. 🙂

    Mary Lou
    .-= Mary Lou Kayser´s last blog ..An Overlooked (Yet Powerful) Social Media Tool Part 1 =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, activity must match intent if we are to reach our dreams. No other way around that! I’m glad to hear you were inspired, thanks Mary Lou!

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  13. Beth,

    Thanks for writing this post , i find the information that you have shared of great value to the people that i connect with and going to pass this on to my tribe. I look forward to reading more from you.

    Chris
    .-= Chris Bernardo´s last blog ..How a Good Flash Intro Video increases leads. =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Chris, glad you stopped by!

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  14. Beth,
    This is the one where the rubber meets the road. So many people have grand ideas and big dreams but sadly they are kept within them. We need to move in the direction of where it is we want to go. And that, begins when we take action.

    I’ve run into many a person that’s in the stage of “getting ready to get ready” and they never go anywhere. The worst part is they often give up on their dream and never unleash their greatness.

    Wonderful post, maybe I should take a lesson from the gangsters and take a gun with me. That’ll get ’em movin 🙂
    .-= Don Enck´s last blog ..Are You Being Of Service? =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Oh yes, those folks who love to “get ready”…..i think we all have those types on our teams as network marketers! And yes, it is sad that in essence, they are giving up on their dreams. Anyhow Don, good luck with those guns! 😉

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  15. Hey Beth, thanks for your incite. I agree with Don this is where the rubber meets the road. Many people never take action, they just continue to dream. I think that many are afraid of failure. As the Nike Corp says “Just Do It”

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    bethallen Reply:

    You’re welcome, Doug. Definitely, Just do it! You’ll love my next post…. 🙂

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  16. Hi Beth,

    Great reminder that we can have the life we want, and we do have to choose to act. Sometimes fear wants to hold us back, but we have to know how to either get rid of our fear, or move ahead anyway. I love the sign you posted that says, “New life, New exit.” Isn’t life great?! We always have choices, starting with our attitude.
    .-= Jacqueline Green´s last blog ..Father’s Day: Make it Memorable =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    You are so right that fear is often what holds us back ~ I wrote a whole post on just that a while back! It was great connecting with you ~ you have a wonderful and inspiring attitude toward life! 🙂

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  17. Hi Beth,

    I really enjoyed your post. You addressed the one aspect I often find missing in “follow your dreams” kind of messages — taking action is a crucial step. And it’s important to find your goal identity and then take action to live your goal identity.

    Great point that the pain of discipline is much lighter than the pain of regret, which stops future dreams from being realized. Stop living on the ‘woulda, shoulda, coulda’ and take the first step.

    Larry
    .-= Larry Akers´s last blog ..Leaving Your Comfort Zone May Be Easier Than You Think =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks for your great supporting comments, Larry. So glad you enjoyed it!

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  18. Beth…this is great! I know we can have many great attributes and dreams and life philosophies but if we never put them into action…where do we end up? Absolutely no where in this life. I appreciate you sharing…thanks!
    .-= Bruce Backman´s last blog ..What I have been up to these past few weeks-Crushers College and other exciting stuff =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Bruce. You are most welcome! 🙂

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  19. Beth – Such great points here! Action is definitely one of the keys to success – but you are so right that those actions still need to be planned out:) You can’t keep spinning your wheels because you have no plan!
    .-= Glyna Humm´s last blog ..Shiny New Objects Aren’t Always a Bad Thing! =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Glyna! I appreciate your support!

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  20. Hi Beth,

    I absolutely loved your analogy about gangsters as I recently read something similar about spammers.
    That being, that spammers know that they have a very low click through rate, so they take massive action. And they still get results!
    Imagine the results people would see if they even did a small % of the work that spammers do, but with genuine intention and content.
    You are right, Jim Rohn puts all of this into perspective when he talks about intention, followed by action.
    .-= Michaelé Harrington´s last blog ..How To Brand Your Blog With A Favicon =-.

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  21. Another great post, Beth. Love your Jim Rohn Series.
    So profound yet so simple.

    Activity is what makes you realize you are able to response to any obstacles to your success that you’re up again. Knowing you are able to respond is the first step in taking on the responsibility for your success that will put you on the right path.

    Taking consistent action to do so is what will bring you success. I think a lot of people fail to take action because it seems to big to handle.

    Keep it small, achievable and practical. Do it consistently and your progress will be unlimited.

    Thanks so much for this teaching and motivation, Beth.
    .-= David Merrill´s last blog ..How To Get UNSTUCK And Reach Your Internet Marketing Goals =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thank you, David! Keeping it small, achievable and practical is definitely essential ~ if the goal is too far out, it seems unrealistic or unattainable. Dream big, and then break it down. Thanks!

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  22. Hey Beth,
    I would love to see you on stage,lol. This is a great post full of aggressiveness.You nailed it, without action equals stress.My first time here but was really moved my this words I guess you not only listened to the legendary Jim Rohn but also heard him!You rock…

    To Your success,
    ~Kebabope Morapedi
    .-= kebabope´s last blog ..Know Your Limitations =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Kebabope….that’s quite a compliment! (I think?!) I definitely am a passionate and have firm beliefs. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed your first visit here….stop back often and let’s connect on the other sites for sure! You rock too!

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  24. Beth,

    I really enjoyed reading your post. I found great insights from you here. I would say I choose pain of discipline over pain of regret.

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  25. This is just what i’ve been looking for. Thanks for motivation to keep my quantum leap going.

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    bethallen Reply:

    So you’re in the midst of a quantum leap? Fabulous to hear, Carol! Keep Rockin’ it….I think few are blessed to have such an experience….I’m glad I could provide some continued motivation along your journey. 🙂

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  26. Very true. We need to back up our beliefs with actions. Just complaining about something or wishing that something will change will not get the job done. We sometimes do not place any value in time. The time we spend moaning and groaning about things and by the time we do realize we should have done something, it is too late. Great article…!

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  27. An inspirational post Beth. For myself it is often not so much that I don’t take action but that I need to improve the quality of action that I take. Often I just need to step back and decide how to change things to make them work. Like playing the piano with careful thought and focus for one hour is far better than mechanically practicing for three hours without that degree of concentration.
    ann´s last blog post ..Learning to Read Music for the Absolute Beginner

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  28. Jeez, Beth! You hit me right in the middle! You are right. We should do it now or else face the consequences of the results of our lack of action. Gotta do it now before it is too late.
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