Best Life Tip: Suffer the Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Regret

BLT: Suffer the Pain of Discipline or the Pain of RegretMy mentor, Jim Rohn, often said, “We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”

Discipline is rarely easy, and much of it is a pain—at least at first. But regret is a much bigger price to pay.

To me, part of living your best life is living a life with no regrets. Sure, there are things you might want to do differently, but regret is a heavy burden to bear. Jim said discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.

With discipline, we get stronger and progress gets easier. And it rarely has to be the Marine Corp Boot Camp kind of discipline. Good, solid, everyday habits result in consistent progress. In fact, being inconsistent in doing the right things is where most people fall down.

“Things that are easy to do, are also easy not to do.”

In my book, The Achievement Code, I go into depth about the 3 Cs to getting what you truly want. The 3 Cs aren’t very complicated and not even that hard to master. But they are critical keys to achievement. And lack of clarity and lack of concentration (focus) are big challenges to living your best life. But I do think that lack of discipline and consistency are the biggest stumbling blocks.

A few bad habits repeated regularly over a period of time may very well lead to regret. The aggregate of over-eating, over-drinking, not enough exercise, not saving for retirement, spending more than you earn all adds up. And the price can be high. Regret is the unwelcome reward.

But likewise, the discipline of good habits practiced consistently adds up, too. Better health, more financial freedom, greater income, better relationships result from proper practices. A much better reward.
I hope you’ll agree that the pain of discipline is far better than the pain of regret.

What disciplines do you need to establish or get better at doing regularly? What small pains are you willing to trade to prevent the gnawing, gut-wrenching regret of not having done what you needed to do?

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What Should You Do Next?

As much as we might think our lives are too structured and filled with obligation and responsibilities, I believe we actually have more freedoms and more options than ever before.

Time was when you could only work WHILE you were at work. When we didn’t have cell phones and text messaging, we were out of touch for long periods of time. We used to be much more limited geographically, culturally, economically—even racially.

But with greater freedom comes greater choices. We can do almost anything. But what should that be?

In working with coaching and consulting clients for many years, I see more lack of clarity, less focus, more scattered energy than ever before. With so many options available, many people choose to make no choices at all and/or continue doing more of what they’ve always done.

Designing, creating and living your best life requires conscious decisions. It requires THINKING. Reacting, responding and recoiling from what is happening to you will simply not get the job done.

My mentor, Jim Rohn often said, “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”

And it’s almost impossible to avoid change. Our world is moving so rapidly, we are going to be impacted by some change even if we attempt to avoid it. So, I’m sure Jim was referring to proactive change—the change you choose and take action upon.

Be sure you set aside time to think, to reflect, to imagine, create and plan. Write down your thoughts. Note what’s working in your life, what isn’t working and what you think you’d like to do next. Ask yourself questions. What do you want more of? Less of? What do you want to start doing and what do you want to stop doing? What do you really, really want?

In order to be the captain of your ship, you can’t only be working on the deck. You have to look up, look out and chart your own course. Otherwise you will sail aimlessly, at best—or end up on the rocks, at worst.

It’s really about the 3 Cs. My most recent book, The Achievement Code lays out the 3C Formula for getting what you truly want. Clarity, Concentration and Consistency are what’s needed to live your best life.

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Invest In Yourself Now—or Pay Later

We all know that we have to invest in our retirement in order to have money to live on when we’re no longer working. And yet, as important as that is, 36% of Americans aren’t saving anything for retirement (according to And a majority of those reaching retirement age—even the ones doing some saving—do not have enough to live on.

I hope you’re consistently saving and investing (enough) for your retirement years—and you probably are. But there’s another kind of investment that’s just as important—if not more so—than your retirement. And that’s an investment in yourself.

Here’s the thing . . .

Unless you invest the time, energy, and money in creating a life you truly want, you’re going to be spending a lot of time and effort supporting a life you DON’T want.

Your best life doesn’t just happen. It doesn’t automatically unfold, and it’s not given to you. You have to design and create your best life yourself. Because if you don’t, other people and outside circumstances will do it for you. And guess what other people and outside circumstances have planned for you—not much.

An investment in yourself will pay dividends for the rest of your life. It won’t depreciate; it will appreciate. It will never be devalued or stolen. Clearly, your inner portfolio is the best investment you can make.

As you become better, as you upgrade your attitude, skills and knowledge, you will always be able to form the alliances, make the connections, create the opportunities and generate the income you need. You will breathe the rarified air of true mastery. You will live a life of no regrets and feel the joy and satisfaction of living your BEST life. You will, as Thoreau said, “live with a license of a higher order of beings.”

I urge you to plan your investments in yourself as carefully and as consistently as your retirement portfolio. Dedicate yourself to CANI—Constant And Never-ending Improvement. And you will never be bored, because growth is stimulating and often fun. There are no limits.

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