In the last post we discussed how successful people manage their time. But there are also a lot of other things they manage well. Because what we are really talking about is self-restraint.
Like with time, it’s about making choices and setting priorities. Deciding what is really important in terms of reaching your purpose in life. And the thing that really comes into play here is your energy.
People often complain about their energy level, like it was bestowed upon them or withheld from them, by some mystical external source. But of course you are in control of your energy. Successful people don't “find” energy. They know full well that it is created internally.
Your energy and vitality is a result of the choices you make.
By the food you eat (or don’t), the rest you give yourself (or don’t), the weight you carry around (or don’t), and the vices you abstain from (or don’t).
Like a lot of things, it’s really adding by subtracting…
And it’s both physical and mental. You increase your energy by abstaining from self-indulgence. And you improve your harmony and reasoning by shunning distractions and time wasters like worry, jealousy, and envy.
You may like ice cream, pizza and pasta (like I do), but if you give in to those urges too often, you’re going to physically be overweight, lethargic and weak. If you’re throwing away your harmony with thoughts of revenge, hate and jealousy, you’re certainly not gong to be focused on your next million-dollar idea. The person who controls his body and his thoughts will face any challenge calm, collected, and with the energy to tackle it.
And no discussion of self-restraint and how it leads you to success would be complete without exploring the issue of sex...
Sexual energy is one of the most powerful forces on earth. In the chapter on transmuting sexual energy in Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill suggests that the reason most men don’t reach higher levels of success until their 50’s, is because it takes them that long to harness their sexual energy.
Like Woody Allen said, even the worst orgasm I ever had was pretty good! But if you have ever studied “chi” or life force, you know how depleting this can be. For most people, abstinence is not required or even desirable. However moderation and discernment can help channel that passion into pursuits of excellence in other areas.
Like our discussion on time management last time, it’s about giving up some things you want, to get what you really want. Moderation and self-restraint means avoiding the unnecessary, practicing moderation in indulgences, and completely abstaining from the things that are actually harmful. When it’s all said and done….
Success comes from discipline.