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Which would you rather be, a hummingbird or an Eagle? Besides overall size, there a differences between the two birds which we can relate back to society. We live in a microwave society where we want it all immediately. We lack discipline and sadly it’s a trait that is not being passed onto our youth. This week we’ll discuss discipline as it relates to hummingbirds and eagles.

A hummingbird can flap it’s wings up to 80 times per second. That’s insane. An eagle usually flaps it’s wings 5-8 times per second.  The hummingbird is reflective of the microwave society we live in. It has to have it now. Whereas an eagle can wait and practice discipline in order to get what it wants. Too often we are going a million miles an hour in order to get what we want. We want it right now, there is no patience, no discipline.

Discipline is doing what you don’t want to do in order to accomplish what you want. If you want to get in better shape, become a better player, get better grades, or get the promotion you want you have to be disciplined. Part of being disciplined is knowing that you will encounter obstacles but having the will to overcome them. You get up when you don’t feel like getting up. You put in work while others are sleeping in. You watch what you eat while others overindulge. There will be setbacks and bumps along the way, but the disciplined mind will overcome them.

Did you know that turbulence is what the eagle needs to soar? Through turbulence the eagle barely has to flap its’ wings, it just allows the turbulence to do the work. We need to be more like the eagle, but we don’t want to put up with things that are hard. We want things that are easy and that we can have now.

Are you willing to put up with turbulence? Can you put years of effort into something with no immediate payoff?

“Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference.”

So, are you a hummingbird or an eagle?

As always, thanks for reading, have a great week, and be a RGP today!


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