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.

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