Jim Rohn says, “Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. A lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure.” If you study the lives of great leaders and achievers in any field you will discover they all possess one central attribute. It is self-discipline. Whatever skills or quality you want to improve, you must practice tirelessly. That is where discipline comes in. The key difference between experiencing and only dreaming is discipline. Discipline makes possible the countless hours of practice that leads to mastery. Disciplined people make it look easy 

The term discipline originates from two Latin words – “pupil” and “to learn.” Self-discipline is your ability and willingness to teach yourself how to work systematically and progressively toward a goal until it is achieved. Self-discipline is not easy. It is doing the right things, the right way, day after day, week after week, and year after year until your goal is realized. It is not for the faint hearted.

I remember reading a life-changing phrase: “If you don’t have discipline, you don’t have anything.” Discipline is what you need to get you where you want to go in life. There are some things in life that would be great to have – a new car, a new home, a better job, a better marriage. Then there are some things that are must have’s – food, water, and air. Discipline ranks in the must have category. Why? Because if you don’t have discipline no plan, dream, or goal no matter how big or well-designed won’t amount to anything unless someone has the discipline to follow through with it.

You build momentum through discipline. If you want to excel and truly be successful, it is impossible unless you are a disciplined person. We live in a time when people want quick and easy success. There is no such thing as an instant or overnight success. Discipline is doing what you really don’t want to do so that you can do what you really want to do. It is paying the price in the little things so that you can buy the bigger things. When you face pain and pressure you will give up your dreams and goals unless you have self-discipline. Work on your own self-discipline. And don’t give into compromise or short cuts.

Julie Andrews the famous actress and singer said, “Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.” Initially, discipline comes from other people. Our parents, teachers, coaches told you what to do and you did it. As you grew up it became your responsibility to practice discipline and become a self-disciplined person. Self-discipline is an inside job – no one can do it for you. Self-discipline becomes a lifestyle, and a life-long habit. When you do what you need to do rather than what you want to do you will be amazed at what will happen in your life.

How long should you work on your dreams? Every day as long as you can or until you have achieved them. Each day do something that is moving in the direction of realizing your dream or your goal. If you become a diligent and self-disciplined person you will succeed. I will guarantee it!

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