Self-Discipline – The Number One Key To Success

self-disciplineToday I want to share with you some points on the power of Self-Discipline I learned from Brian Tracy. Yes, that picture is a backward mirror image. This is a post that will cause some reflection…. bad joke.

You know, when you finally decide to go for the future of your dreams, the person you are now will no longer be sufficient to the tasks ahead. You have to become more to have more.

You’re one of those people or your wouldn’t have made it this far down.

Brian Tracy explains it best when it comes to success:

Once you have a goal and a plan, get going! And once you start moving toward your goal, don’t stop. Do something every day to move you closer toward your goal. Don’t let the size of the goal or the amount of time required to accomplish it faze you or hold you back. During your planning process, break down the goal into small tasks and activities that you can engage in every day.

You don’t have to do a lot, but every day, every week, every month you should be making progress, by completing your predetermined tasks and activities, in the direction of your clearly defined objectives.

And here’s where the rubber meets the road. The most important single quality for success is self-discipline. The power of discipline holds the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.

self-discipline is the key to freedomLet me break down that definition of self-discipline.

1) Self-Discipline is the ability to “make yourself”. This means that you have to use strength and willpower to force yourself into motion, to break the power of inertia that holds you back.

2) Do what you should do, when you should do it. This means that you make a plan, set a schedule, and then do what you say you’ll do. You do it when you say you’ll do it. You keep your promises to yourself and to others.

3) Another definition of self-discipline is doing what needs to be done whether you feel like it or not.

You see, anyone can do anything if he feels like it, if he wants to do it because it makes him happy, if he is well-rested and has lots of time. However, the true test of character is when you do something that you know you must do whether you feel like it or not, especially when you don’t like it at all.

In fact, you can tell how badly you really want something, and what you’re really made of as a person, by how capable you are of taking action in the direction of your goals and dreams even when you feel tired and discouraged and disappointed and you don’t seem to be making any progress. And very often, this is the exact time when you will break through to great achievement. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “When the night is darkest, the stars come out.”

Your ability to endure, to continue taking action, step-by-step, in the direction of your dreams, is what will ultimately assure your success. If you keep on keeping on, nothing can stop you.

People will do almost anything to stay in their comfort zones. If you want to accomplish anything, get out of your comfort zone. Strive to increase order and discipline in your life. Discipline usually means doing the opposite of what you feel like doing.

Now that’s what self-discipline is… here’s the easy roads to getting more self-discipline for yourself so you can kick ass at whatever you want:

1) Set deadlines
2) Discover and do what you do best, and what’s important and enjoyable to you
3) Focus on habits. Replace your bad habits and thought patterns, one-by-one, over time, with good habits and thought patterns.

Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Have an awesome day,
Ray

10 thoughts on “Self-Discipline – The Number One Key To Success

  1. Heather Cook

    I feel like self-discipline is the only discipline you can really effectively use. I mean even when I discipline my kids it takes my own self-discipline to follow through…

    And your picture is backwards 😉

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  2. Jennifer

    This is so true. It’s when everything falls apart (sick kids, work deadline, house needs cleaning. etc) and it would be so easy to ‘give yourself a break’ or take a day off—that’s when you need to kick it into gear and make it happen!!

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    1. Raymond Burton

      It’s interesting that you mentioned that because I really took that part to heart. When I personally, don’t want to do something that needs to be done now… I hear that little voice that says “NOW is EXACTLY when you need to get it done Ray” 🙂

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  3. Dave Watson

    Thank you for the insight. Self discipline is the key to all that matters in life. Thankfully, I already have some, but can always use more to advance my goal along with my advancing age.

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  4. Jacqueline de Burca

    Great post! Self discipline is super important, as we define ourselves by doing the smaller and bigger tasks that paint the picture of where we are and where we want to be going. By doing this we build an ever expanding pattern. This pattern is what helps us to reach the potential we seek to reach.

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