“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn
Back in the early days of the 20th century Napoleon Hill was commissioned by Andrew Carnegie to conduct a study of the most successful and richest people in the land. He wanted to know if there was a common factor that could be linked to their success and achievements. After years of research Napoleon Hill concluded the stand out quality consistently shared in most successful people was self-discipline.
“Self-discipline is about controlling your desires and impulses while staying focused on what needs to get done to achieve your goal.” – Adam Sicinski
Self-discipline has long term value and saves us from ourselves. It gets us up out of bed on those cold rainy mornings when our internal self-talk tries to persuade us otherwise. It stops us over indulging on those calorie rich food and drinks our bodies will regret the next day. It makes us go to the gym when we would rather stay home and watch TV on the couch. Similarly, our daily lives need to be governed by self-discipline to get things done. Washing the dishes, cleaning the house, paying the bills and getting to bed at a reasonable hour so we have enough sleep to do it all over again the next day.
“If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.” – William Feather
We are constantly challenged in this 24/7 modern day consumer stimulated world we now live in with the decisions we make. Potential destructive behaviours are being fuelled by multiple choices of what to do, where to go, what to eat and drink. This lack of discipline may limit our ability to reach our goals and success in life. To safe guard ourselves from self-sabotaging behaviours we need to limit our exposure to distractions and ensure discipline becomes an essential ingredient in our daily lives.
“Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.” – John C. Maxwell
To make this reality happen it is important we find a goal or ambition that is attractive and shines bright. Life rarely lays a red carpet between us and our goals. At times our motivation may falter and waiver, therefore the power of the attraction will generate the discipline needed to keep us on track, help us overcome difficulties and inspire us to go on.
“We don’t have to be smarter than the rest; we have to be more disciplined than the rest.” – Warren Buffett
When I was at college for 3 years studying a Bachelor’s degree in coaching there was numerous times I questioned what I was doing. I had virtually halved my income as a personal trainer and was overloaded with assignment after assignment on tight deadlines. The stress was huge in all parts of my life, but I had a clear vision of where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. Self-discipline was instrumental in getting me over the finish line.
If our vision and goals shine bright enough we will find the self-discipline needed to overcome any obstacle that is blocking our way to our desired future. Make sure you find the discipline by making your goals shine bright.