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The Disciplined Shall Inherit the Earth

“Some feel that fear is okay as a lifestyle because they’ve heard that the meek shall inherit the earth. So they can go on with being meek as a way of life. They become soft-spoken and compliant, never standing for themselves; always resigned to being a fluffy doormat. But scholars now say that in the scriptural texts that were translated from the Greek, the word praos doesn’t exactly mean “meek” as people have always thought. In fact, it is more accurate to say it means “disciplined.” A very big difference in those translations. It’s much more encouraging to now realize that the disciplined shall inherit the earth.” ~ Steve Chandler from Fearless

That’s a pretty big difference. :)

Imagine that.

The disciplined shall inherit the earth.

I like it.

And, in the process, the disciplined shall also inherit heaven on earth as there’s no faster way to experience joy than to live in integrity with our highest values and close the gap between what we’re capable of doing in any given moment and what we’re actually doing.

As we’ve discussed many times, the Greeks called this “areté.” Living with areté or virtue/excellence/expressing your highest potential was the route to true, sustainable flourishing and happiness.


Let’s get our discipline on and inherit heaven AND earth, shall we? :)

P.S. Discipline is synonymous with “willpower” which scientists tell us is THE most important virtue. Here’s a peek at some great wisdom nuggets:

In The Power of Habit (see Notes), Charles Duhigg tells us: “Dozens of studies show that willpower is the single most important keystone habit for individual success.”

In Willpower (see Notes), Roy Baumeister (one of the world’s most cited psychologists) tells us: “Improving willpower is the surest way to a better life.”

And, in The Willpower Instinct (see Notes), Stanford professor Kelly McGonigal tells us: “We may all have been born with the capacity for willpower, but some of us use it more than others. People who have better control of their attention, emotions, and actions are better off almost any way you look at it. They are happier and healthier. Their relationships are more satisfying and last longer. They make more money and go further in their careers. They are better able to manage stress, deal with conflict, and overcome adversity. They even live longer. When pit against other virtues, willpower comes out on top. Self-control is a better predictor of academic success than intelligence (take that, SATs), a stronger determinant of effective leadership than charisma (sorry, Tony Robbins), and more important for marital bliss than empathy (yes, the secret to lasting marriage may be learning how to keep your mouth shut). If we want to improve our lives, willpower is not a bad place to start.”

P.P.S. This all begs the question: How can YOU get your discipline/willpower on today?