Self-Discipline is Your Greatest Power!
Do you know that 80 percent of the population never takes any responsibility for their own life, for the actions and consequences. They blame everybody else around, and in fact they even blame things for their misfortunes, and make all kind of excuses for why they are not happy, not successful, not healthy, not fit, you get the picture. Those people tell themselves, one day I will take care of my finances, one day I’ll get fit, one day I’ll quite smoking, one day… The road one day leads to town called No where, and either you do it NOW or one day will never come, my friend. Become the elite 20 percent of the population, stop making excuses, design your own life! Losers make excuses; winners make progress.
Very few people who achieved great success in life started off with many favorable advantages. As you already know, I came to this country with $500 dollars to my name and a small suitcase: no family, no friends, no job, no papers, barely any English. Do you think it was easy for me to get to where I am right now? Hell no! I went through so many challenges that shaped me to the woman I am today. And one most important thing on the way to make success was self-discipline. I did not have the time to make excuses; I just did whatever needed to be done.
It is Friday night, and I am sitting and writing this book, because I have a mission, a purpose. 80 percent of the population is in the bars, nightclubs or other parties numbing themselves with alcohol and drugs, while 20 percent are working on self-mastery. By continually demanding more of yourself you can and you will become the person you’ve always dreamed to be. The difference between losers and winners is that losers keep dreaming, and winners take actions. And you can’t take actions without mastering self-discipline. Self-discipline is the key to success and outstanding life! It is up to you, my friend, if you rise above and beyond your own talents and abilities or if you stay at the level of mediocrity.
I have been constantly improving myself, learning and feeding my mind with books, seminars, audio programs, and coaching sessions. I have learned one important thing about success. Success is ONLY possible when you become the master of your own mind and body, when you can control your emotions, thoughts, your food cravings, diet, your exercise routine, your mood and mindset. Your ability to control your actions and re-actions, what you say and how you say, what you think and what meanings you assign to each and every event in your life.
Self-discipline means getting up earlier than an average person does, training your body more than an average person does, learning, studying, reading, creating MORE than an average person does. Because when you do an average job, you will get an average result. Like it or not it’s inevitable. Self-discipline starts with your physical body, what you put in it, how you exhaust it, what you demand out of it. And the way your body looks right now, today, is a direct reflection of your standards. Average standards—average body – average life. Raise your standards, my friends!
Self-discipline is not easy at the beginning but extremely rewarding in long run. You literally deny yourself of easy pleasures, destructive behaviors, and temptations that give you instant satisfaction. It applies to all areas of your life: finance, career, relationships, health, fitness, wellbeing, and happiness. Your ability to do what has to be done before what’s fun and easy is the master key to creating an extraordinary future. Herbert Grey, a successful entrepreneur, conducted a study to find a “common denominator of success”. He stated, “Successful people make a habit of doing the things that unsuccessful people don’t like to do.” In fact, successful people do not like doing those things either, but they do them anyways to enjoy greater quality of life in the future. You absolutely must do the things that average people do not like to do.
Whatever you do repeatedly becomes a habit. You need 21 days to form a new habit of doing it every single day. You can choose to take it easy, relax, watch some TV, eat unhealthy foods for an instant gratification, which will lead to weakness of your character, underachievement and failure. Or you can choose self-discipline and refuse to make excuses that will lead to tremendous success and extraordinary life! After some time you will love your new lifestyle and your new yourself! You will no longer crave sugars and junk food, you will refuse to watch TV and instead go for a workout, you will no longer tolerate weak people around you, your life will never be the same again! Your self-esteem will rise up; you will place a higher value on yourself; your self-image will improve. You will become a confident, powerful, and successful person. “Self-discipline is the key to high self-esteem, self-respect, and personal pride, when you master the power of self-discipline, you will become unstoppable”, Brian Tracy.
The great oil magnate, H. L. Hunt sated: “There are only three requirements for success. First, decide exactly what it is you want in life. Second, determine the price you are going to pay to get the things you want. And third, and this is the most important, resolve to pay that price.” This statement takes us tight back to self-discipline. Are you willing to pay the price for whatever you want to achieve in life? Are you ready to give up on excuses and rationalizations? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to win this game of life? If you answered “yes” to these questions, let’s move on.
After you have decided and clearly defined what you want out of your life, what kind of success you want to achieve, you need to find a role model, a person who achieved success in the same area of life and model him/her. Learn from experts in your field. Never stop learning and growing. Seek them out and you will be amazed at the results you’ll achieve! Oftentimes, just one idea is all you need to change the course of your life!
As you look at your physical body and you see the direct reflection of your standards, same as the person you are today is a direct reflection of the choices and decisions you have made in your life up to this date. If you are not happy with what you see, it is the time, my friends, to step up. It the time to make a decision to stop feeding your worst enemy called procrastination, it is the time to say no more, enough is enough, and take actions towards your success!
Look deep inside yourself, dig deeper, be truthful, see if you have compromised your values for the short-term gratification. May be you do not even know your values? Successful people clearly know what their values are, what’s acceptable and what’s absolutely unacceptable while average people not sure what they want in their lives and constantly second-guess themselves. Ask yourself right now, “What my values need to be in order to create an extraordinary life and achieve great success I order to be the best person I could possibly be and to create the largest impact?” It takes tremendous willpower and self-discipline to achieve greater things in life, to resist the “easy way” and temptations. However when you choose to do things that are not easy but right, your self-esteem and self-pride will increase. In every single area of your life things will get better and better for you.
Now is the time, my friend, to decide what exactly you want in your life, to make a decision, to take full responsibly and take a first step!
Be as detailed as possible with your answers.
- It there were no limitations or consequences, what would your perfect average day look like?
- Where would you live?
- What would you house look like?
- What time would you wake up in the morning?
- What would you have for breakfast/lunch?
- Who would you have breakfast/lunch with?
- What is your relationship like?
- What would you do for family time?
- What would you have for dinner?
- Where would you eat?
- What would you talk about?
- Who would be your friends?
- What car would you drive?
- Where would you go on vacations?
- What would you do for your personal fulfillment?
- What life purpose would you strive towards?
- What would your business be?
- What actually would you “do” at work?