Friday, November 11, 2005

Success Basics Pt. 5 - Discipline

Here is the fifth installment in what was the Basic Ideas About Success series. While the concept is the same, the title of the series has been changed to Success Basics.

Discipline is the key to how long your success will take. Gary Ryan Blairsums it up nicely: "Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today's actions to tomorrow's results".

There are systems in place to discipline people who do wrong. Arriving late for work, driving to fast, stealing, and many other things often result in this type of discipline. Discipline imposed by authority is not the type being discussed here. Self-disciplinewould be the more precise term. Here is a working definition: Discipline is doing what you need to do when you would rather do what you want to do.

Discipline takes focus, commitment, motivation, and willpower. It is difficult to be disciplined when you don’t know why you ought to be doing something. Applying discipline to firm and specific goals eventually results in success. If your goal is important enough then motivation will come quite easily. Less important goals, by their nature, call for more willpower to sustain successful discipline

Avoiding what is unpleasant, yet necessary, often creates more problems later. In effect, it compounds unnecessary failure. Setting up a self-imposed reward system is a good way to overcome this type of procrastination. For example, promise yourself you will not play your favorite video game until you have balanced your checkbook. In the long run, the discipline will pay bigger dividends than the initial reward.

Success is determined by your level of discipline. I'm not pretending it is fun or easy. It is, however, vital to achieving great things.


At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel ya. Discipline is so necessary for success.


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