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Discipline: Making Sacrifices For Your Greater Good

Discipline is the perfect combination of will and patience which can topple obstacles in your path.

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It is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time for sacrifice, fasting, and abstinence. This means it is a good time to try to develop good habits and discipline, especially financial ones.

Christians are not the only ones with ritualistic fasting. In Judaism there is Yom Kippur, in Islam there is Ramadan, Hinduism also has regular fasting. Why fast though? Because fasting encourages self-discipline and keeps you mentally strong. Religions tend to include such rituals to encourage self-improvement.

Discipline Is A Forgotten Skill

Why am I bringing this up? Because people have forgotten their New Year resolutions and need a reboot in their resolutions. I am among them, for our New Year’s resolution, my wife and I decided to limit how much sugar we eat/drink. We have done pretty well, but we can do better. So we decided to abstain from eating or drinking anything with sugar added.

Discipline is difficult, especially for financial issues. While lent is a good time to develop discipline you should never look for an excuse to try to improve. Many people avoid budgeting, paying off debt, and reading. If you are Christian, maybe you can lay a solid foundation for good habits including these. The 40 days of Lent is a good start for the 66 days it takes to make a habit. Sorry, 21 days is not true. For non-Christians, you do not need to wait for your fasting rituals to start improving you can start now.

Discipline is not a characteristic you are not born with it. It is a skill you must develop, grow, and nurture it. You should use every opportunity possible to develop it. However, religious rituals are a good way to start. Encourage yourself to develop discipline and use it to forge your wealth.

Author: Papa Foxtrot

Most of my life I was careful with money and learned where I should invest it. I was very lucky to have parents who taught me financial literacy when I was young. Unfortunately, I am very lucky because many people lack the financial literacy I know. The purpose of Forge Your Wealth is to teach people who are just starting out in life how to obtain their wealth or anyone who just realized they may need to learn more to handle their finances. I currently have a PhD in biochemistry, just started a job in industry (will not disclose where exactly for personal and professional reasons) and am currently married to the love of my life. I am one of the lucky few people in America who graduated with no student debts, my wife was not. Over the series of a little over 3 years we paid for our wedding with no debt and paid off her federal student loans.

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