Discipline to Success:
The Physical Temperance Attribute
We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power . . . The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.
Moderation or self-restraint in action, thought, or feeling. Habitual moderation in the indulgence of the physical appetites or passions; not excessive in degree.
The physical temperance is the control of physical appetites and passions. We can segment the physical temperance attribute into two areas:
Physical temperance goals require more energy than the physical development goals. The inverse pyramid scale shows that internal energy increases because physical temperance demands continuous attention for the whole day — like resisting the temptation to bait your nails.
It can be extremely difficult to control an addiction. But physical addictions are isolated cases that require special attention. Most physical temperance goals use less total energy than the education, social and spiritual attributes. The physical temperance attribute thus becomes the second attribute in the hierarchy scale that rounds the character.
I apologize for drilling these energy concepts over and over. Understand that —
You will be more successful in shaping a well-rounded character by first developing the character attribute that requires less total energy.
As you successfully strengthen the first attribute, you begin to build self-confidence and discipline.
The more successful you are in developing and strengthening a character attribute, the faster the increase of self-confidence and discipline.
Increased discipline gives you the strength to shape the other character attributes.
These arguments support my recommendation that you should first develop and strengthen the physical attributes — physical development and physical temperance — before developing the mental attributes — education, social and spiritual.
Too many people fail to achieve their goals because it requires them to change a character that has been shaped and molded by their environment, family and friends. They find it impossible to break out of this mold, especially when family, friends and others fail to respect the character change that they are making. We live with stereotypes . . . we are fat . . . we are sloppy . . . we are shy . . . we are boring . . . we are lazy . . . we are etc., etc., etc. Breaking these stereotypes is nearly impossible unless you build inner strength.
Changing your character begins slowly, with one attribute development at a time. We begin with the physical development attribute in the last posting and continue with the physical temperance attribute in this posting. Developing and strengthening these two attributes over the next few weeks will give you the physical strength and self-confidence to develop and strengthen the other three attributes and to break out of your stereotype.
Next week: we will review the steps to build out your physical temperance goal.
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