I’m excited about the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics which open in London in soon. Discipline, being a core requirement, will be displayed for the world to see as the best athletes will run faster, jump higher and perform other amazing physical feats. These lean, muscled athletes have trained for years, all with incredible discipline in play.
Although these competitors are blessed with incredible physical gifts and talent, they all share one attribute that has nothing to do with their bodies. Each of them possesses iron discipline. They wake up early, watch what they eat, and train hard so that they will perform at their peak when it comes time for them to compete.
Self-discipline is the most important quality for assuring long-term enjoyment and achievement in your yoga practice. The things in yoga that we don’t like to do – like going to class when we’re tired, staying fully engaged when we hear one of our nemesis poses being called, getting up 15 minutes earlier to meditate – are the stuff that will not only maintain your practice but will advance it in the long run.
Woody Allen once said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” It’s making the choice to show up, day in and day out, that creates not only success but champions. Whether it’s a salesperson, a school teacher, a baker or a yoga student, those who possess the discipline to make the hard choices every single day will always stand out.