The price of excellence is discipline.
William Arthur Ward
If the price of excellence is discipline, then you must have discipline to live a life of excellence, and living a life of excellence is what the warrior lifestyle is all about. Therefore, discipline is vital to living the warrior lifestyle. The famous poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, wrote, “What we do upon some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are; and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.”
You must discipline yourself to prepare to successfully meet future challenges. If you do not discipline yourself to practice and perfect your martial arts skills, when you actually need them to save your life, or someone else’s life, they will not be there for you.
Don’t think that you can rest on your laurels and still be prepared to defend yourself when you need to. It doesn’t work that way. And you sure can’t wait until you find yourself face to face with some thug, who is determined to rip you to threads, and ask for a couple of minutes to stretch and loosen up before you engage him. That is ridiculous!
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