We tend to think of discipline as something negative, but discipline is really nothing more than commitment. To achieve the success we’re looking for, we have to be committed to coming in each day with the focus to accomplish what that day requires. Successful people are willing to do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do, and they are disciplined to stick at it every day. They’re persistent.
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It’s not much different than going to the gym. I don’t like getting up in the morning and going to the gym, but I do it. So you could say that I’m disciplined to stay at it. Successful people may not always like it, but they’re disciplined to do what needs to be done every day. World class athletes or musicians don’t just dabble, and they don’t practice only when they feel like it. They’re intensely focused and they’re disciplined to stay at it every single day.
Keep Up the Pressure to Maintain Course
For 22 years I flew an airplane for the company I worked for. When you’re flying and you need to change direction, you turn the yoke. The yoke is similar to the steering wheel in your car. But when I learned to fly, I learned that if I didn’t keep the pressure on the yoke when I was turning, the airplane would naturally spin back and go the direction it had been going due to momentum. It’s the same in business. If you don’t keep the pressure on that yoke and on the direction you’re going, you’ll drift back to your previous state. Momentum is a powerful force, and to break it requires discipline to keep the pressure on and be intensely focused on your goals. Discipline is maintaining that pressure every single day.
Successful people are consistent in their practice of applying discipline to their daily lives. Tony Robbins says, “Repetition is the mother of skill.” That means repeating it over and over and being intentional about the habits that we form. If we’re not intentional about the habits we form, our habits will form us. The genius of the most successful people in the world is rooted in discipline.
Discipline may sound unpleasant, but its results are not. it’s a requirement for success in business. Gary helps business owners use discipline to take their businesses to the next level. If you need help, call Gary at 503-312-3145.