What’s at the core of achieving the good life? It is not learning how to set goals. It is not learning how to better manage your time. And it’s not mastering the attributes of leadership, either. It’s Self Discipline.
Every day, in a thousand different ways, we are trying to improve ourselves by learning how to do things. We spend a lifetime gathering knowledge – in classrooms, through textbooks, through personal experiences. And if knowledge is power, if knowledge is the forerunner to success, why do we fall short of our objectives? Why, in spite of all our knowledge and collected experiences, do we find ourselves aimlessly wandering? Settling in for a life of existence rather than a life of substance?
There are many answers to this question. Your answer might be different from everyone else you know.
Despite so many different answers to this question, the common denominator might be the absence of self discipline in applying our knowledge.
The key word is discipline, as in self-discipline.
Self Discipline Fact
It doesn’t really matter how smart you are if you don’t utilize your knowledge. The fact that you graduated magna cum laude makes no difference if you’re stuck in a low-paying job.
It’s irrelevant that you attend every seminar that comes to town if you don’t apply what you’ve learned.
We spend our lives gathering: acquiring knowledge, developing skills, collecting experiences. But we must also apply the knowledge, skills and experiences we gather in the realms of life and business. We must learn to use what we’ve learned.
And once we’ve applied that knowledge, we must study the results of that process and refine our approach.
The Real Success
Finally – by trying, observing, refining, and trying again – our knowledge will inevitably produce worthy, admirable results. And with the joy and results of our efforts, we continue to fuel our ambition with the positive reinforcement of continued progress.
Pretty soon, we’ll find that we’re swept into a spiral of achievement, a vertical rise to success. And the ecstasy of that total experience makes for a life triumphant over tragedy, dullness and mediocrity.
But for this whole process to work for us, we must first master the art of consistent self-discipline. This ability is necessary if we want to master the art of setting goals, time management, leadership, parenting and relationships.
If we don’t make the effort to include consistent self-discipline in our daily lives, the results we seek will be sporadic and elusive. It takes persistent effort to truly effectively manage our valuable time. Without it, we’ll be routinely frustrated. Our time will be eaten up by others whose demands are stronger than our own.
It takes self discipline to conquer the nagging voices in our minds: the fear of failure, the fear of success, the fear of poverty, the fear of a broken heart. It takes discipline to keep trying when that nagging voice within brings up the possibility of failure.
The Reality Of Self Discipline
Self discipline is also necessary to admit our errors and recognize our limitations. The voice of the human ego speaks to all of us. Sometimes, that voice tells us to magnify our value or accomplishments beyond our actual results. It leads us to exaggerate, to not be totally honest. It takes self discipline to be totally honest, both with ourselves and with others.
Be certain of one thing: Every exaggeration of the truth, once detected by others, destroys your credibility. It makes all that you say and do suspect. As soon as a business colleague figures out that you tend to exaggerate, they will think you always exaggerate. And they’ll never quite hold you in the same regard again. Never.
The tendency to exaggerate, distort or even withhold the truth is an inherent part of all of us. It starts when we’re kids. Johnny says, “I didn’t do it. I didn’t do it!” Well, maybe Johnny didn’t do it, but he probably had something to do with it. The same pattern continues when we reach adulthood.
We exaggerate the benefits of a product to make a sale, exaggerate our net worth to impress old friends, exaggerate how closer we are to closing a deal to impress the boss. Only an all-out, self disciplined assault can overcome this tendency.
The Results Achieved
It takes a great deal of self discipline to change a habit.
Once formed and internalized, habits act like a giant cable – a nearly unbreakable instinct that only long-term, disciplined activity can change. We must unweave every strand of that cable, slowly and methodically, until the cable that once held us in bondage becomes nothing more than scattered strands of wire. It takes the consistent application of a new, more desirable discipline to overcome undesirable habits.
We require self discipline to plan, as well as execute our plans. It takes self discipline to look with full objectivity at the results of our applied plan. And it takes self discipline to change either our plan or our method of execution, if the results are poor. It takes self discipline to remain firm when the world throws opinions at our feet. And it also takes self discipline to ponder the value of someone else’s opinion.
Especially when our pride and our arrogance lead us to believe that we are the only ones with the answers.
With this consistent self discipline applied to every area of our lives, we can discover untold miracles and uncover unique possibilities and opportunities.
Want to know how i personally apply self discipline in my daily life? Check out the video below!
About The Author:
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Shaqir Hussyin is the founder and CEO of WealthAcademy.com & Funnels.com. Nicknamed the “Backpack Millionaire”, he’s invested $350,000 into his own education and training. Whilst traveling to 100+ countries, Shaqir has built over 10+ million dollar brands and attracted over 500,000+ subscribers.
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