I used to feel threatened by discipline.

In my youth, my greatest passion was art and my ability to
create a masterpiece was based purely on spontaneous
inspiration, which didn't always jive with discipline.

I used to think that too much discipline would interfere with my
creativity, or minimize my energy and motivation.

That was one of many limiting beliefs that held me back for a

As time goes on, my appreciation for discipline grows,
especially when it comes to Goal Setting.

Let's look at the definition

Discipline: training that develops self control, efficiency,

The fact is that discipline is a powerful force and there are
times in life that you absolutely must employ it in order to
reach your Goals.

For example, I started running again a few weeks ago after a
long hiatus. My Goal was to work up to a capacity of running 3
to 4 miles per day for fun 4 times per week.

Because I was rusty, the only way for me to achieve that Goal,
to build up my endurance and expand my ability to run longer
distances, was through discipline. Start small and consistently
increase my capacity and efficiency.

I had to start with walking and work up to being able to jog
slowly for short distances and then add longer distances.

In the past month I have logged about 70 miles of running and
walking. It wouldn't have worked if I tried to do all 70 miles
in one day out of the blue because true conditioning comes from
consistency and strategic graduation of frequency, duration and

Three to four times per week, I had to create a new discipline
of walking or jogging 1, 2, 3 and then 4 miles. I had to work
up to it and get out and do it even when I didn't feel like it.

But because I was committed to being consistent and disciplined,
I quickly worked my way from walking to jogging and gradually was
able to increase the distance.

I conditioned my muscles, joints and respiratory system to
accommodate the new demands by starting with small steps and
increasing in gradual increments. I understood prior to
beginning that this was part of the process. I defined my Goal
and stayed focused.

As you would imagine, it was difficult at first. I was huffing
and puffing and praying just to be able to cover a couple of
miles at a snails pace.

At times it was uncomfortable.

At times it was painful. Muscles when not used atrophy. My
muscles were not accustomed to those demands at that level of
intensity. The only way to condition them is to do a little and
incrementally increase the demand and duration gradually over

Rushing it could cause an injury, therefore consistency is the
key element, which comes down to discipline.

"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." -Jim Rohn

Some people when going after their Goals, quit or turn back at
the first sight of pain not realizing that the pain or
discomfort is a price that must be paid.

The short term pain was worth it to experience the long term
gain of achieving my Goal.

What was difficult in the beginning is much easier now thanks to

If you want to achieve something you've never had before, you
have to do things you've never done before.

Your action step:

Think of a Goal in your own life that requires a similar
application of discipline and take the next step.

A great tool to begin conditioning yourself to achieve your Goals
is New Year New Life! A Guide to Make 2007 Your Best Year Ever!
(it was even featured on The Fox News Channel)

Author's Bio: 

Jill Koenig, the "Goal Guru" is America's Top Goal Strategist.
A best selling Author, Coach and Motivational Speaker, she is an
expert on the subjects of Goal Setting, Time Management and
Business Success. Her Goal in life is to help you UNLEASH your
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