Self-Discipline Seals Your Success

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What is Self-discipline?

Dictionary.com defines discipline as, " Training to act in accordance with rules". In short, you can learn to discipline yourself in accord to the rules you set up for your own life or succumb to the demands and ideas of others. As the saying goes:

" If you do not discipline yourself, others will."
If the concept of discipline sounds so simple, then why are so many people settling for mediocrity, failure, and quiet desperation?
Here's the answer:
We've all been conditioned to think that self-discipline and courage is something reserved for soldiers, firefighters, and martial artists...to the "brave men and women" who NEED it in order to save the world.
Self-discipline and courage can be found in any and every human being, if you learn to exercise these mental skills. To abolish laziness and unproductivity, self-discipline has to come from within.
Yet, it can be fun!
With the proper mindset you can change how you view self-discipline.
Here are 4 clear-cut steps to boost self-discipline:
1.) Eliminate vagueness, and get specific about your goals. If you want to lose weight, do not focus on "losing weight" as a goal. Rather focus on losing 30 or 40 pounds by a specific date.
2.) Set a time frame for your goal. Cut the time limit down to something you know you can reach. For example, say you'll lose 30 pounds in 40-60 days rather than in a few months. If you're goal is bigger than increase the time frame.
3.) Set high standards, and don't compare yourself with others. Comparing yourself to others will detract from your own goals and aspirations. Focus whole heartedly on what YOU want.
4.) Self-motivation and learning to say 'No!' are two important rules for self-discipline. If you're wasting time doing something unproductive instead of running at the gym, then this counts as a moment where you lost your focus. Jot down your activities in a journal, and setup a way to manage your time productively.
Self-discipline and courage go hand-in-hand because it takes relentless determination and action to achieve your goals in spite of all the distractions and negativity in the modern world. However, when you commit yourself to your life goals self-discipline will become an enjoyable and worthwhile ally in reaching your full potential.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlbertGA
    Originally Posted by Innersky23 View Post

    What is Self-discipline?

    Dictionary.com defines discipline as, “ Training to act in accordance with rules”. In short, you can learn to discipline yourself in accord to the rules you set up for your own life or succumb to the demands and ideas of others. As the saying goes:

    “ If you do not discipline yourself, others will.”
    If the concept of discipline sounds so simple, then why are so many people settling for mediocrity, failure, and quiet desperation?
    Here’s the answer:
    We’ve all been conditioned to think that self-discipline and courage is something reserved for soldiers, firefighters, and martial artists…to the “brave men and women” who NEED it in order to save the world.
    Self-discipline and courage can be found in any and every human being, if you learn to exercise these mental skills. To abolish laziness and unproductivity, self-discipline has to come from within.
    Yet, it can be fun!
    With the proper mindset you can change how you view self-discipline.
    Here are 4 clear-cut steps to boost self-discipline:
    1.) Eliminate vagueness, and get specific about your goals. If you want to lose weight, do not focus on “losing weight” as a goal. Rather focus on losing 30 or 40 pounds by a specific date.
    2.) Set a time frame for your goal. Cut the time limit down to something you know you can reach. For example, say you’ll lose 30 pounds in 40-60 days rather than in a few months. If you’re goal is bigger than increase the time frame.
    3.) Set high standards, and don’t compare yourself with others. Comparing yourself to others will detract from your own goals and aspirations. Focus whole heartedly on what YOU want.
    4.) Self-motivation and learning to say ‘No!’ are two important rules for self-discipline. If you’re wasting time doing something unproductive instead of running at the gym, then this counts as a moment where you lost your focus. Jot down your activities in a journal, and setup a way to manage your time productively.
    Self-discipline and courage go hand-in-hand because it takes relentless determination and action to achieve your goals in spite of all the distractions and negativity in the modern world. However, when you commit yourself to your life goals self-discipline will become an enjoyable and worthwhile ally in reaching your full potential.


    my gratitude to share this useful thread...
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  • Profile picture of the author stopper
    Well said self discipline is not an automatic asset for all and sundry
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Spencer
      Hello InnerSky23,

      I appreciate the post, But discipline is not enough.

      You see, discipline can be violated to easily. I think the real solution to "getting things done" is not grounded by pure will power (self-discipline).

      But rather the carrot and the stick (pleasure and pain).

      The best way to induce a powerful offspring or form of discipline is to cultivate a burning desire, passion and drive for what it is you're doing.

      In order to do that you need to get leverage over yourself.

      You can do that by creating neuro-associations to change what things mean to you. To expand on that - how you perceive or interpret things will allow you to give yourself more leverage.

      Finding empowering meanings in your results for examples instead of disempowering ones.

      Leverage is the father of drive, motivation and passion which are much easier to sustain than pure will power which is interchangeable with self-discipline.

      We associate discipline with punishment. There in lies the problem.

      If we associate what we want to do with something more powerful, like a feeling perhaps, i.e. freedom, or aliveness, and happiness.

      It is a much better vehicle.

      Thanks - Hope that this brings about a different perspective.

      Cheers,

      Justin
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      • Profile picture of the author Connie Lim
        Originally Posted by JustinSpence View Post

        Hello InnerSky23,

        The best way to induce a powerful offspring or form of discipline is to cultivate a burning desire, passion and drive for what it is you're doing.
        Agreed with Justin, the starting point of all achievement in "Think and Grow Rich" is DESIRE.

        Cheers
        Connie Lim
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        • Profile picture of the author ykaw97
          "By thought, the thing you want is brought to you; by action you receive it."

          These words by Wallace Wattles in The Science of Getting Rich encompass what you are talking about. You hold and nurture your desired outcome in mind and whenever it is possible you act on it.

          This will cause a natural dicipline to form where you are drawn to doing what is nessecary as you picture the outcome you want. It is something we are all born doing but which gets taught out of us in school.
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          • Profile picture of the author Jayone
            Originally Posted by ykaw97 View Post

            "By thought, the thing you want is brought to you; by action you receive it."

            These words by Wallace Wattles in The Science of Getting Rich encompass what you are talking about. You hold and nurture your desired outcome in mind and whenever it is possible you act on it.

            This will cause a natural dicipline to form where you are drawn to doing what is nessecary as you picture the outcome you want. It is something we are all born doing but which gets taught out of us in school.
            Agreed. This kind of discipline is something totally different from beating oneself into doing what you don't want to do through pure will power.

            This kind of discipline springs naturally out of the love and passion you have for what you're trying to accomplish.

            When I talk about self-discipline, I'm talking about this kind that springs naturally out of my burning desire, passion and drive for what I'm doing. Its the only kind that works for me, that's for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jayone
    Hi, I'm brand new on this forum, but not new to marketing or to success. This post really is right on target. I didn't achieve my greatest successes until I learned the secrets I'm about to share.

    JustinSpence and Innersky23, you are both correct. Passion and drive are also essential, its true, but they are not enough by themselves either. Passion without discipline is a sure recipe for either temporary success, or up and down success, or limited success.

    To reach your highest potential for success in life, (including earning potential) you have to acquire the disciplined habits that the top 2% in America have used to get where they are. This isn't just my opinion either.

    Jay Abraham is one of most brilliant marketing gurus alive today. When he studied the most successful companies in America to understand the cause of their over-the-top success, he found that, “The key ingredient to those that had built their companies over $100 million, is in the discipline of the entrepreneur more so than it was in the idea.”

    In other words, having a great idea and being passionate about it is not enough to take you to the highest level of success you're actually capable of. The most successful people are more successful than others because they discipline themselves to practice success habits regularly and consistently.

    This kind of discipline isn't just will power. It is habit that is acquired from repeated choices to do what is most important at the moment no matter how you feel. It's behavior that flows out on autopilot because you've done it that way so many times before. People with this kind of habitual self-discipline enjoy their lives more, earn more money, are more passionate about life, accomplish more with their time, and yes, they are even passionate about their self-discipline!

    This is what separates the top 2% earners in America from the other 98%

    By the way, the reason I just joined the forum is that over the last couple of months, every time I Googled to find a solution for the online marketing come-back project I'm working on, (after a long semi-retirement) I got my best answers from Warrior Forum. I finally decided I'd better stop leaching off all the good information in here and start giving back. Greetings to everyone!
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  • Profile picture of the author annsjones
    very well said Justin.
    In other words it is positive thinking. The psychologist Martin Seligman on his book Learned Optimism proclaims:''There is scientific evidence that optimism is vitally important in overcoming defeat, promoting achievement and maintaining or improving health'' Inside the book Seligman writes: Optimism can protect you against depression, it can raise your level of achievement: it can enhance your physical well being: it is a far more pleasant state to be in''
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Spencer
      Originally Posted by Jayone View Post

      Agreed. This kind of discipline is something totally different from beating oneself into doing what you don't want to do through pure will power.

      This kind of discipline springs naturally out of the love and passion you have for what you're trying to accomplish.

      When I talk about self-discipline, I'm talking about this kind that springs naturally out of my burning desire, passion and drive for what I'm doing. Its the only kind that works for me, that's for sure.
      Jayone, spot on man, spot on. It's a self-feeding process as I'm sure you know.

      Passion makes discipline simple, easy, like a game. And the satisfaction of being disciplined will allow feed right back into your passion.

      Originally Posted by annsjones View Post

      very well said Justin.
      In other words it is positive thinking. The psychologist Martin Seligman on his book Learned Optimism proclaims:''There is scientific evidence that optimism is vitally important in overcoming defeat, promoting achievement and maintaining or improving health'' Inside the book Seligman writes: Optimism can protect you against depression, it can raise your level of achievement: it can enhance your physical well being: it is a far more pleasant state to be in''
      I'm honestly not a big believer in positive thinking Ann,

      Although it doesn't hurt to be positive. Here is my perspective. Allow me to give you a different piece of food for thought.

      Positive thinking is similar to wishful/hopeful thinking. Most associate positive thinking as the belief that "If I just expect or believe" then it will be.

      While this is great. A lack of clarity will be the downfall.

      You see; You have to see (no pun intended) the negative as well. You have to look at every decision you make objectively.

      Objectively means without bias.

      I know this from personal experience. Positive thinking by itself has made me reckless in the past. Being reckless is the result of wishful non-calculated thinking.

      You WILL have a lack of clarity if you only think positive. You must see the negative outcome fully for what it is.

      However, you can choose to FOCUS on the positive outcome.

      But the surest way to reach the result you most desire is to explore the act of what you are doing and to deepen your understanding to create anticipation.

      anticipation is the result of clarity.

      And it is way more powerful than positive thinking.

      Anticipation (seeing the future with accuracy based on clarity).

      Has a much higher success ratio.

      Cheers,

      Justin
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      • Profile picture of the author Jayone
        JustinSpence, glad to see you're understanding where I'm coming from now. Great response to annsjones! I'm with you 100% on that. You stated the balance between the need to stay focused on the positive with the need for objective thinking that recognizes potential negative outcomes very well.

        Kudos!

        PS
        Another way to say "wishful non-calculated thinking" is undisciplined thinking!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jayone
    By the way, can someone please help me figure out how you do this thanks thing? I can't see where to thank someone...
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    • Profile picture of the author speedbird
      Originally Posted by Jayone View Post

      By the way, can someone please help me figure out how you do this thanks thing? I can't see where to thank someone...
      Just look below this comment on the far right.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jayone
        Originally Posted by speedbird View Post

        Just look below this comment on the far right.
        Hey thanks for answering speedbird. All I see on the far right bottom is a quote button. For some reason, no thanks button shows up in my browser. :confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author wilburgrowers
    Self-discipline starts with the people who nurtured you.
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  • Self-discipline is self-awareness. You don't have to be perfect , you just have to learn from what you do.
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  • Profile picture of the author HolyWarrior
    Very good analysis of self-discipline. This is one of the key driving principles to achieving any measure of success in any part of life. Commitment, self-discipline, and focus are key to overcome the various obstacles that are presented to you.

    Thank you for contributing your wisdom to everybody here. If it only helps one person stay focused and achieve a higher measure of success, then it's always more than worth it!
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  • Profile picture of the author phpseomaster
    also take a look at Steve Pavlina's article on Self Discipline : Self-Discipline
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  • Profile picture of the author Jayone
    Now this is really weird! As soon as I posted my last reply and looked at my screen, all of a sudden, there are 4 buttons at the bottom of every post Quote, Multiquote, Quick Reply, and Thanks! Those buttons never showed up for me before. Weird. Really, really weird!

    Anyway, problem solved!
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