The Unsexy Part of Success
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
― Darren Hardy,
Discipline is the suppression of base desires, and is usually understood to be synonymous with self-restraint and control. Discipline is when one uses reason to determine the best course of action regardless of one’s desires, which may be the opposite of excited. Virtuous behavior can be described as when one’s values are aligned with one’s aims: to do what one knows is best and to do it gladly.
Successful People Are Self Disciplined
If there is one special quality that you can develop that will guarantee you greater success and happiness in life and business. That quality that I am talking about is the quality of self-discipline. It is a habit, a practice, a philosophy and a way of living. All successful men and women are highly disciplined in the important work that they do. And when you develop the same levels of high, personal discipline possessed by the most successful people in our society, you will very soon begin to achieve the same results that they do. In the simplest of terms, successful men and women are those who work almost all the time on high-value high return tasks.
How to start ~ Discipline
Goals: This means that you sit down with a pad of paper, a pen and ample time. You think through and then make a written list of all the things you want to accomplish in the next one, two, three, four and five years. You organize the list into the various areas of your life; your career, your money, your family, your health and the other parts that are important to you. You set priorities among your goals and re-write your lists so that your most important goals are at the top. You then take a separate sheet of paper and you make a list of all the things that you can think of doing, right now, to move you toward the attainment of your most important goals.
Planning: Many people think that they are too busy to plan. Or they don’t give themselves enough time to plan. But studies show that you will save ten minutes in execution for every minute that you invest in planning. You will get a 1000% return on your time investment by taking the time to think through, in advance, what you are going to do in the hours and days ahead.
Who to Watch
If you are an aspiring Vampire Slayer than Buffy is an extremely good figure. It is a good idea to find an inspirational figure in the field that you are working in. Some examples might be
- Ethics: Dalai Lama, Gandhi, Mother Teresa
- Martial Arts: Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Bodhidharma, Ghost Dog
- Wealth: Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, MC Hammer
- Politics: Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Elenor Roosevelt
- Sport: Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Michael Johnson, Peyton Manning
- Leadership: John C Maxwell, Captain James T. Kirk, Steve Jobs
Okay so not all of them are good examples either. But you get the idea. When you feel down in the dumps it is fantastic to think “what would [fill in the blank] do” and then rely on that judgment. Sometimes two heads are better than one. Get exposed to those who are doing what you want to be doing and then do what they are doing.
What I know is
No personal success, achievement, or goal, can be realized without self-discipline. It is singularly the most important attribute needed to achieve any type of personal excellence, athletic excellence, virtuosity in the arts, or otherwise outstanding performance. If we are to be masters of our own destiny, we must develop self-discipline and self-control. By focusing on long-term benefits instead of short-term discomfort, we can encourage ourselves to develop of self-discipline. Ultimately our health and happiness depend on it.