The Road to Chicago (Part 2)

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”
-Jim Rohn
One of the greatest lessons I learned while training for the marathon was the power of discipline. Hearing that alarm go off at 6 a.m. and throwing on your running shoes to go out and run x number of miles, to keep running when you’d rather be in bed or at Starbucks, to not take shortcuts, and the discipline it takes to finish strong.

“Discipline is the Bridge between Goals and Accomplishments.” -Jim Rohn

I used to be the most undisciplined and lazy person you could of laid eyes on. I wouldn’t even take my dishes from the table to the dishwasher after dinner! Then I got out of high school and had my first novel thought, “In order to get something, I have to do something”. I’m serious…it was a huge revelation. I remember visiting my friend James apartment and I saw his wardrobe and I wanted it… he told me…man I worked very hard to buy all of those clothes. At this point, I realized that if I wanted in something in life that I’d have to pay a price! John Maxwell changed my life when he said you have two options in life:

“You can either pay now and play later or you can play now and pay later. Either way you’ll Pay!” -John Maxwell

Up until that point in my life I had always played… never knowing life demands a payment. From that moment on I decided that I would write out all of my goals, dreams, and ambitions in life and then discover the price it costs to pay to see them come to pass. I’ve been paying the price ever since so I can accomplish everything God put in my heart to do.

So how do I live a life of discipline? By discovering the price of my dream (whether it’s a marathon, personal growth, financial, in ministry, etc.) and going after it with everything in me. Knowing that if I’ll have the self discipline to do what I need to day in and day out, that I’ll see all of my dreams come to pass. Remember, “The secret of your success will always be found in your daily agenda.” Dave Campbell was right when he said:

“Discipline is remembering what you want.” -David Campbell


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