Posted by: David D. Daggett | July 18, 2013

Twin Gifts

Twin Gifts

What personality traits do you most desire?  What over-arching qualities have we developed that serve us well on our road to satisfaction and fulfillment.  Let me suggest that the most valuable traits and the best gifts you can give yourself is to develop the twin gifts of courage and discipline.  Youth, and adult, sports is a great place to develop these gifts.

Twin Gifts

Twin Gifts

Confucius said, “Men’s natures are all alike; it is their habits that separate them.”  Accordingly, the gifts of courage and discipline can be developed if we simply choose to develop them.  Courage and discipline gives us a creative discipline to continue to explore, try new things, and experiment.  It allows us to stumble and yet get back up again and keep on going.

Courage and discipline is what allows us to turn our thoughts into action.  They help us to get things done, and be more effective.  People with courage and discipline are doers, not procrastinators or “gonna doers.”

Our own expectations are encouraged when we make a habit of courage and discipline.  These traits allow us to fulfill our expectations and keep us moving in a positive direction. Desire for achievement is fueled by courage and discipline.  Moreover, they create a belief in our self that allows us to accomplish more than we once ever thought possible.

Courage and discipline gives us inner identity.  This identity allows us to know who we are, what we are made of, and what we can truly accomplish.  The resulting inner peace comes from becoming all we are meant to be.  It allows us to have high energy and a love of life that permeates all of our pursuits and goals.

Perhaps Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States, sums up these twin gifts best when he said:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Persistence is the combination of courage and discipline that, as President Coolidge said, “. . . has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Working on the gifts,


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