How To Use The Power Of Self-Discipline To Change Your Life

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Self-discipline is the foundation upon which success is built. Self-discipline is doing what you don’t like to do. Self-discipline is doing something right in the face of obstacles. Self-discipline is doing what is important, not what is urgent.

If you want to be happy, to be successful, to be productive, you MUST earn a degree in self-discipline. You must discipline yourself. You must stick to your plans, to your goals, to your dreams. You must make the art of self-discipline a habit. You must practice it on a daily basis. You must live it.

You can discipline yourself to success if you want to. If you want to do it, to put yourself on the right track, start small. Start by disciplining yourself in small ways. For example, if you say you want to do something, no matter what is happening around you, stick to what you say you want to do. It is not comfortable, but it is doable. Jim Rohn, a motivational speaker, said, “It is the small disciplines that lead to great accomplishments.” Don’t force yourself to be perfect at it the first time. If you think like that, you will get frustrated. Give yourself time to get used to it.

Self-discipline is hard. When you are trying to get something done, focus on where you are going and what you are going to get- the results- when you get there. Don’t focus on the toughness of the process. If you do that, you will be frustrated.

Stop telling yourself ‘you can’t do it.’ Stop telling yourself ‘it can’t be done.’ Start telling yourself that ‘everything is doable.’ Stay away from making excuses. The more excuses that you make, the weaker you will be. To make things happen in your life, stop making excuses and start taking responsibility. That is the only way to conquer fear. That is the only way to get results that you are looking for.

According to Dr. Scott Peck, “Self-discipline is doing the unnatural.” He is right. It is teaching yourself to do the right thing, even when it is not popular. It is setting priorities to get things done. If you want to get ahead, set priorities, and follow through. The results will shock you. Try it!

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Everything Starts With A Dream

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If you want to achieve success in life, don’t let your dream go. Stick to your dream. Dreams are what keep us going. Everything starts with a dream.

What is your dream? What are you planning to achieve in the future? How do you envision your life tomorrow? It starts with a single dream.

One thing is to have a dream. Another thing is to keep it alive. How do you plan to keep your dream alive?

To keep your dream alive, you must do what it takes to breathe air into your dream. You must stick it in your mind. You must think about it everyday. You must be consistent with your dream. Don’t say you want one thing today, and tomorrow you want another. If you keep doing that, it will take time for you to realize your dream. Marcus Aurelius said, “If you don’t have a consistent goal in life, you can’t live it in a consistent way.” You have to know what you want before you even call it your dream. Don’t waste your time pursuing a dream that is not going to survive. Pursuing the wrong dream is like not having a dream. If you plan to achieve something, let it be what is within your reach.

To bring your dream to reality, you have to do whatever it takes to get it done. Dreams come with obstacles. It is not going to be easy for you to get it done, but you can get it done. If you fail at it the first time, get back up and start fighting for what you want. Carol Burnett said, “When you have a dream, you have to grab it and never let it go.” If you really want your dream to come true, if you really want your life to change, you must do whatever it takes to make it happen. If not, it is just a dream.

Making your dreams come true starts with you. You have to believe in yourself- in your skills, determination, perseverance. Harvey Mackey said, “When you have a dream that you can’t let go, trust your instinct and pursue it. But remember: real dreams take work, they take patience, and sometimes they require you to dig down very deep. Be sure you are willing to do that.” Dreams come with a price. If you are ready to do the work, to pay the price, to make yourself uncomfortable, to get out of your comfort zone, your dream will come true. Until you make that decision- the decision to succeed- it is just a dream.

Sometimes to make things happen, we must put them in front of us. We must work on them every day. We must think about them every day. We must talk about them every day. We must live them. Marcus Aurelius, the great philosopher, said, “Stick to what’s in front of you- idea, action, utterance.” I will add: “Stick your dream in front of you.” When you stick it in front of you, you will never stop thinking about it.

Remember, everything starts with a dream. What is your dream?