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THE TIME TO ACT
by Jim Rohn
Engaging in genuine discipline requires that you develop the
ability to take action. You don't need to be hasty if it isn't
required, but you don't want to lose much time either. Here's
the time to act: when the idea is hot and the emotion is
Let's say you would like to build your library. If that is a
strong desire for you, what you've got to do is get the first
book. Then get the second book. Take action as soon as
possible, before the feeling passes and before the idea dims.
If you don't, here's what happens -
- YOU FALL PREY TO THE LAW OF DIMINISHING INTENT -
We intend to take action when the idea strikes us. We intend
to do something when the emotion is high. But if we don't
translate that intention into action fairly soon, the urgency
starts to diminish. A month from now the passion is cold. A
year from now it can't be found.
So take action. Set up a discipline when the emotions are high
and the idea is strong, clear, and powerful. If somebody talks
about good health and you're motivated by it, you need to get
a book on nutrition. Get the book before the idea passes,
before the emotion gets cold. Begin the process. Fall on the
floor and do some push-ups. You've got to take action;
otherwise the wisdom is wasted. The emotion soon passes
unless you apply it to a disciplined activity. Discipline
enables you to capture the emotion and the wisdom and
translate them into action. The key is to increase your
motivation by quickly setting up the disciplines. By doing so,
you've started a whole new life process.
Here is the greatest value of discipline: self-worth, also
known as self-esteem. Many people who are teaching self-esteem
these days don't connect it to discipline. But once we sense
the least lack of discipline within ourselves, it starts to
erode our psyche. One of the greatest temptations is to just
ease up a little bit. Instead of doing your best, you allow
yourself to do just a little less than your best. Sure enough,
you've started in the slightest way to decrease your sense of
There is a problem with even a little bit of neglect. Neglect
starts as an infection. If you don't take care of it, it
becomes a disease. And one neglect leads to another. Worst of
all, when neglect starts, it diminishes our self-worth.
Once this has happened, how can you regain your self-respect?
All you have to do is act now! Start with the smallest
discipline that corresponds to your own philosophy. Make the
commitment: "I will discipline myself to achieve my goals so
that in the years ahead I can celebrate my successes."
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