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This is a quote which is often attributed to either Jim Rohn or Tony Robbins.
Fun fact: Tony Robbins first mentor was Jim Rohn so you’ll find that many of their lessons overlap.

two pains in life, the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons

Discipline or Regret:

“There’s always two pains in life. There’s the pain of discipline or is the pain of regret. And discipline weighs ounces and regret ways tons.”
– Tony Robbins

Similar Quotes

Sometimes it takes hearing the same idea expressed in a different light to make new discoveries and see new insights we otherwise never would’ve considered. Here’s a section with similar quotes to this idea of discipline and regret.


  1. “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.” – Jim Rohn
  2. “There are two pains in life. There is the pain of discipline and the pain of disappointment. If you can handle the pain of discipline, then you’ll never have to deal with the pain of disappointment.” – Nick Saban
  3. ”Don’t let your mind control you. Control your mind. And then you can: SET IT FREE.” – Jocko Willink
  4. ”Discipline can seem like your worst enemy. But in reality it is your best friend. It will take care of you like nothing else can. And it will put you on the path to strength and health and intelligence and happiness. And most important, discipline will put you on the path to FREEDOM.”  – Jocko Willink

The meaning behind the quote:

Warren Buffet once said, “the chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”

When you look back at the past 5 years of your life, are you proud of how the time was spent or do you wish you used it better?

You can’t rewind the clock but you can change what the next five years will look like.

In the short-term the pain discipline may feel heavy and that’s the reason many fail with committing to a new direction. It requires too much will power because they haven’t given enough time or gotten over the hump for the behavior to become automatic. In the long-term the scale shows that what felt heavy actually weighed ounces but you were too weak to lift. Now, you have to suffer the pain of regret and that hits like a truck.

Tony Robbins in one of his talks discusses how you want to develop a “ritual, something you do consistently, usually at a specific time so it becomes automatic.”

He continues, “Willpower doesn’t last, but rituals can last a lifetime. I bet you have some rituals in your life right now. You’ve been doing for years, even though some of them don’t serve you. Wake yourself up. If you want a new year and a new life, you don’t need to start on January 1st. Start today. You don’t want to have regret.”

So right now, what do you want to change?

Why is it important for you to have?

How will making this change serve you in your life?

Other Famous Tony Robbins Quotes:

courage is not the absence of fear

“What is courage? Courage does not mean you’re not afraid. It means you’re afraid and you do it anyways. You’re scared…”
– Tony Robbins

honesty is the best policy

“Honesty is the best policy”
– Quote Explanation


don't cry over spilled milk

“Don’t cry over spilled milk”
– Quote Explanation

passion is the genesis of genius

“Passion is the genesis of genius.”
– Tony Robbins

beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy

“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability…”
– Tony Robbins

human being not human doing

“I don’t want your life to be about being a human DOing. I want to be a human BEing where you…”
– Tony Robbins

grateful fear disappears and abundance appears

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
– Tony Robbins

A coward dies a thousand deaths but a brave man only once

“A coward dies a thousand deaths, a courageous man only once. I discipline myself, not perfectly, but for the most part, I…
– Tony Robbins

reasons come first answers come second

“Reasons come first, answers come second.”
– Tony Robbins

the only impossible journey is the one you never begin

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.”
– Tony Robbins

if you talk about it, it's a dream

“If you talk about it, it’s a dream. If you envision it, it’s possible. If you schedule it, it’s real.”
– Tony Robbins

If you always do what you’ve always done

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”
– Tony Robbins


“In life you need either inspiration or desperation.”



“I can tell you the secret to happiness in one word: progress.”


Time Management quotes

“If you talk about it, it’s a dream. If you envision it, it’s possible. If you schedule it, it’s real.”

Self Discipline

“Complexity is the enemy of execution.”



“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”


Change Your Life Quotes

“We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.”


“It takes no courage to be a pessimist, to say it’s not going to work”

Feel free to add or start a conversation in the comment thread below with your interpretation of this quote.

Do you agree or disagree with Tony on this quote?

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