There is an even more important reason for you to practice the self-discipline that leads onward and
upward to the great successes that are possible for you. The practice of self-discipline enables you to
change your character , to become a stronger and better person. The exercise of self-discipline has a
powerful effect on your mind and emotions, developing you into a different person from the one that
you would have been without self-discipline.
Imagine yourself in a chemistry lab. You mix a series of chemicals in a Petri dish and put it over a
Bunsen burner. The Bunsen burner heats the chemicals to the point at which they crystallize and
become hardened. But once you have crystallized these chemicals using intense heat, they cannot be
transformed back into liquid form.
In the same way, your personality begins like a liquid: soft, fluid, and formless. But as you apply
the heat of self-discipline, as you exert yourself to do what is hard and necessary rather than what is
fun and easy, your personality crystallizes and hardens at a higher level as well.
The greatest benefit you enjoy from exerting self-discipline in the pursuit of your goals is that you
become a different person. You become stronger and more resolute. You develop greater self-control
and determination. You actually shape and strengthen your personality and transform yourself into a
The rule is that “to become someone that you have never been before, you must do something that
you have never done before.” This means that to develop a superior character, you must exert everhigher levels of self-discipline and self-mastery on yourself. You must do the things that average
people don’t like to do.
Another success principle is that “to achieve something that you have never achieved before, you
must learn and practice qualities and skills that you have never had before.”
By practicing self-discipline, you become a new person. You become better, stronger, and more
clearly defined. You develop higher levels of self-esteem, self-respect, and personal pride. You
move yourself up the ladder of human evolution and become a person of higher character and resolve
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