If you can discipline yourself to do what you do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not, your success is virtually guaranteed. – Brian Tracy
You cannot achieve the success you desire without applying the principle of self-discipline. The success you desire is ultimately related to how much you will be disciplined in different areas of your life. If you are not disciplined you will not grow and you will not achieve success and you will remain the same level you are.
What is Self-Discipline?
American Speaker Author, Trainer and Success Coach Brian Tracy in his book 21 Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires defines Self Discipline as self-mastery, self-control, self-responsibility and self-direction. He says, the difference between successful people and failures is that successful people make a habit doing the things that failures do not like to do. What are those things? The things failures don’t like to do are the same things that successful people don’t like to do. But successful people do them anyway because they realize that these are the prizes that they must pay for the success they desire.
Self-discipline is one ability to discipline themselves to take and develop the right actions and habits daily that guarantee growth and success in different areas of their life, no matter they feel like taking those actions or not. Self-discipline is doing what is right, it’s doing what needs to be done whether someone is watching you or not. Most successful people don’t not require monitoring because they have mastered the art of self-discipline.
One of the things you need to know is success is always and attainable predictable if you apply its laws and principles. Self-discipline is one of the laws that one should apply in order to achieve success. Some facts about self-discipline that you need to know,
- Self-discipline is what separates the ordinary person from the extra-ordinary person.
You will never be successful by doing what everyone else is doing unless they are doing what is right. You will be successful by doing what the next person defines hard. Extra ordinary people are people who discipline themselves to do what is termed hard by the ordinary person and do it because they know that’s the price, they need to pay in order to become extra-ordinary.
- Self – discipline is what separates the rich from the poor.
Rich people have mastered the art of self-discipline. You will never be rich without mastering self-discipline in your finances. Spending all the money you earn is not a smart strategy if you desire to be rich. Not investing your money is not a wise strategy if you desire to be rich. These are some of the self-disciplines that rich people apply among others. If you do not apply them do not expect a miracle to happen. No matter how much money you make if you are not self-disciplined enough to apply the financial disciplines that guarantee financial growth and riches, you won’t achieve any growth in the area of finances.
- Self-discipline determines how much you will grow.
The Law of Consistency states that, “Motivation keeps you going but discipline keeps you growing”. You grow in area in accordance to how disciplined and consistent you have been in an area. You become a product of the actions you consistently make. You are a product of the daily disciplines you apply compounded overtime. The law of Consistency goes on to state that, if you want to be good at something do it 10000times. It is said for Dr John C Maxwell a Leadership Coach and Speaker from America to be a master in the areas of speaking he spoke for more than 12000times. Speaking for 12000 requires self-discipline. It means showing up even when you do not feel like it.
Never underestimate what you can do in a year if you disciplined.
- Self-discipline determines how much success one will achieve in an area.
Your success and growth in the different areas of your life are guaranteed by how self-disciplined you are.
The Law of Growth states for one to grow in an area of life one must be intentional about their growth, one must know the area they desire to grow and one must develop systems for them to grow. Those systems once developed can only work well if one is disciplined enough to stick to the system. Growth and self-discipline are ultimately related, the more growth one desires the more self-disciplined one has to be.
- Self-discipline determines the habits you develop over time.
A wise man once said, “Sow a though reap an action, sow an action reap a habit, sow a habit reap a character and sow a character reap a destiny.” Your daily habits and disciplines compounded overtime are what shape who you become. For you to develop habits you need to be self-disciplined enough to stick to those habits. If your goal requires you to develop a habit of walking up at 5am daily, if you do not discipline yourself to wake up each morning when the alarm rings you will not reach your goal.
- Your acts of self-discipline are like an investment into your future. Every act is like a seed eventually one day you will reap.
The seed you sow determine the type of fruit you will harvest.
Usain Bolt has won 9 gold Medals in the last 3 Olympics and he ran not more than two minutes on the track. Usain Bolt ran for less than 115 seconds in total in his Olympics and made 119 million dollars. That’s more than 1 million for each second, he ran. But for those 115 seconds he ran, he trained himself for 20+ years. This is investment.
Whatever career, business, organizational goal or vision you might have without daily seeds, investments and acts of self-discipline you will not achieve that goal and vision. The more acts of self-discipline you daily sow the more you are getting closer to your desired dream or goal and eventually you will achieve success.
- Self-discipline is one the prices you pay to become successful.
Success will always come at a cost; the biggest question is are you willing to pay the cost?
Nothing worth having will come easily. Nothing worth having comes for free there has to be a cost that one has to pay in order to get that thing. One of the prices to pay in order to be successful is self-discipline. If you do not pay this cost nothing will grow, nothing will be achieved, you will remain at the point you are at.
Written By Tendai Mungate an Award-Winning Youth, Life and Leadership Coach, Transformational Speaker, Workshop Facilitator and Writer from Zimbabwe. He is the Founder and Co- Host of the Personal Development Show and Platform Success Talks with Coach T Mungate and Chief Operating Officer of the Vision Escalators Group. Tendai’s passion and purpose is to unleash the hidden potential to achieve success within individuals, leaders and organizations. He can be reached and booked at +263784948274 or [email protected]