For every disciplined effort, there are multiple rewards.
That's one of life's great arrangements. In fact, it's an
extension of the Biblical law that says that if you sow
well, you will reap well.

Here's a unique part of the Law of Sowing and Reaping. Not
only does it suggest that we'll all reap what we've sown, it
also suggests that we'll reap much more. Life is full of
laws that both govern and explain behaviors, but this may
well be the major law we need to understand: for every
disciplined effort, there are multiple rewards.

What a concept! If you render unique service, your reward
will be multiplied. If you're fair and honest and patient
with others, your reward will be multiplied. If you give
more than you expect to receive, your reward is more than
you expect. But remember: the key word here, as you might
well imagine, is discipline.

Everything of value requires care, attention, and
discipline. Our thoughts require discipline. We must
consistently determine our inner boundaries and our codes of
conduct, or our thoughts will be confused. And if our
thoughts are confused, we will become hopelessly lost in the
maze of life. Confused thoughts produce confused results.

Remember the law: "For every disciplined effort, there are
multiple rewards." Learn the discipline of writing a card or
a letter to a friend. Learn the discipline of paying your
bills on time, arriving to appointments on time, or using
your time more effectively. Learn the discipline of paying
attention, or paying your taxes or paying yourself. Learn
the discipline of having regular meetings with your
associates, or your spouse, or your child, or your parent.
Learn the discipline of learning all you can learn, of
teaching all you can teach, of reading all you can read.

For each discipline, multiple rewards. For each book, new
knowledge. For each success, new ambition. For each
challenge, new understanding. For each failure, new
determination. Life is like that. Even the bad experiences
of life provide their own special contribution. But a word
of caution here for those who neglect the need for care and
attention to life's disciplines: everything has its price.
Everything affects everything else. Neglect discipline, and
there will be a price to pay. All things of value can be
taken for granted with the passing of time.

That's what we call the Law of Familiarity. Without the
discipline of paying constant, daily attention, we take
things for granted.  Be serious.  Life's not a practice

If you're often inclined to toss your clothes onto the chair
rather than hanging them in the closet, be careful. It could
suggest a lack of discipline. And remember, a lack of
discipline in the small areas of life can cost you heavily
in the more important areas of life. You cannot clean up
your company until you learn the discipline of cleaning your
own garage. You cannot be impatient with your children and
be patient with your distributors or your employees. You
cannot inspire others to sell more when that goal is
inconsistent with your own conduct. You cannot admonish
others to read good books when you don't have a library

Think about your life at this moment. What areas need
attention right now? Perhaps you've had a disagreement with
someone you love or someone who loves you, and your anger
won't allow you to speak to that person. Wouldn't this be an
ideal time to examine your need for a new discipline?
Perhaps you're on the brink of giving up, or starting over,
or starting out. And the only missing ingredient to your
incredible success story in the future is a new and
self-imposed discipline that will make you try harder and
work more intensely than you ever thought you could.

The most valuable form of discipline is the one that you
impose upon yourself. Don't wait for things to deteriorate
so drastically that someone else must impose discipline in
your life. Wouldn't that be tragic? How could you possibly
explain the fact that someone else thought more of you than
you thought of yourself?  That they forced you to get up
early and get out into the marketplace when you would have
been content to let success go to someone else who cared
more about themselves.

Your life, my life, the life of each one of us is going to
serve as either a warning or an example. A warning of the
consequences of neglect, self-pity, lack of direction and
ambition ... or an example of talent put to use, of
discipline self-imposed, and of objectives clearly perceived
and intensely pursued.