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Ray’s Daily

July 10, 2019


“Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today’s actions to tomorrow’s results. There’s a season for sowing a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which.”

Gary Ryan Blair


I am off early this morning for my final physical therapy session. Yippee! It has done me some good but I am looking forward to more free time. Now let’s see if can follow todays advice and start a new exercise routine.

I am taking the easy way out and sending you my Daily from seven years ago.

Ray’s Daily first published July 10, 2012

My docs called today and added one more inoculation to my monthly routine, this one is to help me generate red blood cells, at least that is what I think they said. At least I’ll know I am a red-blooded American while others will not be as sure of themselves. As I reported yesterday things are going pretty well in my life even with some occasional health setbacks. Some folks have been complimentary of the self-discipline that I have exhibited lately as I follow a fairly ambitious exercise and good health routine.

I now wonder about all the years that I treated the need for self-discipline as a burden and as a distasteful activity. Now I view it as the gift I give myself since the results are a sense of wellbeing and measurable health improvement. Instead of rationalizing my traditional procrastination as being almost rewarding in its avoidance of doing what was best for me and losing, I now win every morning as I work to make each day better than the one before. The discipline is the wrapping on the gift I keep giving myself, I just sometimes wish that I hadn’t demonstrated my dumbness by waiting so long.

Jim Rohm the late human potential guru wrote this piece on discipline some years ago. I wish I had read it and heeded its advice back then.


  • Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
  • We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.
  • All disciplines affect each other. Mistakenly the man says, “This is the only area where I let down.” Not true. Every let down affects the rest. Not to think so is naive.
  • Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.
  • Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure.
  • Discipline has within it the potential for creating future miracles.
  • The best time to set up a new discipline is when the idea is strong.
  • It’s best to start the discipline of generosity when the amounts are small. It’s easy to give ten cents out of a dollar; it’s a little harder to give a hundred thousand out of a million.
  • One discipline always leads to another discipline.
  • You don’t have to change that much for it to make a great deal of difference. A few simple disciplines can have a major impact on how your life works out in the next 90 days, let alone in the next 12 months or the next 3 years.
  • The least lack of discipline starts to erode our self-esteem.


“We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit.”



Little Debbie came running into the house after school one day, shouting, “Daddy!  Daddy!  I got a 100 in school today!” “That’s great, Sweetheart,” said her daddy.  “Come in the living room and tell me about it.” “Well,” began the confession, “I got 50 in spelling, 30 in math, and 20 in science…”


“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.”

David Brinkley


The company where my friend worked had a phone system that rerouted after-hours calls. If any calls came in on a certain line while he was working late, Dave knew it would be a wrong number.

It got to the point where, as soon as the phone rang, Dave would pick up and say, “Psychic Hotline. I’m sorry, but you’ve dialed the wrong number.”

The callers would often reply with something like, “But I didn’t even ask to speak to anyone yet. How did you know I dialed the wrong… Oh!



The reason computers can do more work is they don’t have to stop and answer the phone.


A 16-year-old girl bought herself a very tiny bikini.  Very proud she came home and put it on. She then showed her mother how she looked in it.

“What do you think mom?” she asked.

Her mother replied: “If I wore that when I was your age, you would have been 5 years older.”


Some day I’ll get around to joining the “Procrastinators Club of Tomorrow”.


A husband stepped on one of those penny scales that tell you your fortune and weight and dropped in a coin.  “Listen to this,” he said to his wife, showing her a small, white card. “It says I’m energetic, bright, resourceful and a great husband.”

“Yeah,” his wife nodded, “and it has your weight wrong, too.”


“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.”

Oprah Winfrey


You know what happens when you play country music backwards? You quit drinking, you get your wife back, you’re rehired and your lost dog comes home.


When Nancy and I went up to New England a few years ago we decided to stay in one of those quaint little inns. The clerk at the inn asked me if we wanted a room with a shower or a tub.

“What’s the difference?” I asked.

“Well, sir, in a tub, you can sit down.”


If we did all the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.

Thomas Edison


A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan, in which a man was beaten, robbed and left for dead. She described the situation in vivid detail so her students would catch the drama.

Then she asked the class, “If you saw a person lying on the roadside all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?”

A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence with……

“I think I’d throw up!”


It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.



Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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