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If you look at your life right now, what is the reason you are not as successful, happy, or healthy as you could be at this point in your life?
Apart from many excuses, there is probably just on simple reason: Lack of self-discipline. You simple don’t do what you need to do to enjoy the levels of success you want. If you think about it, what does it really take for you to be successful in all areas of your life? Chances are, it’s no secret.
Everybody knows what it takes to get in shape, but how many people are? Everyone knows what to do to perform better at their job, but how many people still don’t do it? Everyone knows which foods to avoid and which ones to eat, but most people still don’t do that, either.
In short, all the knowledge in the world is worth nothing if you don’t possess the self-discipline to use that knowledge. Elbert Hubbard defined self-discipline as “the ability to do what you have to do, when you have to do it, whether you feel like it or not.” It is the one skill that is necessary above anything else to succeed in any endeavor.
Success in life comes from actions you take on a consistent basis; and only self-discipline allows you to do that.
Here are a few powerful ways to build unbreakable self-discipline:
“If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” – William Johnson
No matter what your goals are in life, there is one great law that you need to obey to be successful: No one else is going to climb the ladder of success for you. No one else is responsible for your health, wealth, happiness, or success. From the day you leave your parents’ house and start to make your own choices, you are responsible for your life and the choices you make. You choose the job you work in, the person you live with, and how much you exercise every day. Only you can choose how you spend your time, and the decisions you make on a consistent basis will make or break your life.
If you want a better life, you need to make better decisions. You can blame other people for your lack of results or happiness all long, but it doesn’t change anything. Only you can change your life by changing the choices you make. Take responsibility for everything in your life, even if you can’t directly influence it. Even if it’s not in your direct control, you can always choose how you respond.
To quote Abraham Lincoln, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” If you ever wonder where you will be 10 years from now, look at your current life. What actions are you taking to make your goals reality? How many books are you reading to grow as a person, and how many new things are you learning? Which people are you associating with? Are you putting in the effort necessary to achieve your goals today?
People oftentimes think that their lives will suddenly change through some magical event in the future, but that is not the case. Your life changes only to the extent that you change. If you are not happy with your current circumstances, are you taking actions to change them? If not, you are just daydreaming. Nothing will ever change if you don’t change what you do daily. As Aristotle noted over 2000 years ago, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”
A great way to actively create your future is to ask yourself: If I already achieved my goals, how would I act daily? What books would I read, how often would I work out, and how would I spend my time at the office?
Once you answer these questions, you know what to do. Act as if you were already successful.
Obstacles are Part of Success
In life, nothing worth having comes easy. You must make sacrifices in the form of time, effort, pain, and hard work if you want to succeed. There will be many setbacks, and any time you get close to finally succeeding, there will be some more adversity testing how bad you really want it. Only after passing one more test, and then another, will you be able to succeed.
The great tragedy of life is that most people give up right before achieving success. They already made it to the five-yard line, and all they need is one final push to make the touchdown and bring home the sweet victory. But right before they do that., there is one final obstacle standing in their way – one last failure that they need to overcome. Way too many people give up right then and there, without realizing how close they are.
If you just take one thing form this post, let it be this: Whenever you encounter failure and adversity, keep going! Success is supposed to be hard because that’s what makes it so special. If it was easy, anybody could do it. But it’s hard, and that’s your chance to separate yourself from the people that don’t want it as bad as you.
The only way to grow as a person is by facing the biggest challenges in life and enduring long enough to succeed. No matter how long it takes or how hard it gets, always remember the words of motivational speaker Les Brown: “It’s not over until I win!”
Rewrite Your Goals Everyday
To maximize your self-discipline every day, it is necessary that you keep the bigger picture in mind. Only by remembering why you do what you do will you take the necessary actions and follow through even if it gets hard. After all, you don’t just work so hard for no reason. You have specific foals that you want to achieve that make all the effort worth it.
As Nietzsche said, “He who had a ‘why’ to live for. Can bear almost any ‘how’.” I believe this is to be true. If you know what you want to do, and you have enough reasons to do it, you will do whatever it takes.
The problem is, we tend to get so caught up in working and achieving our goals that we forget why we started in the first place, we forget why we do what we do and instead get overwhelmed by a seemingly endless to-do list. No wonder that most people seem so unexcited and even bored with life – they have no goals to strive for!
The easiest way to counter this problem is by rewriting your goals every day and imagining the future as you want it. Every morning after waking up, write down the most important goals you have for your life. This will not only immediately get you motivated and excited, but also crystal clear in what you need to do to succeed. Only when you are focused on your goals and your vision for your life are you able to make decisions that contribute to those goals.