What is the common denominator of success? Practicing daily discipline has been credited as a major factor in their success by thousands of successful sports people, entrepreneurs, and many other successful people from different walks of life. (There are other, related, factors and we will look at them below.)
That is also taught by most success mentors.
None perhaps more famous that the late Jim Rohn.
Jim Rohn used to say that
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”
He also cautioned us:
“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”
Here. So, ignore practicing daily discipline at your peril. (Or, more specifically, if your life is not working out the way you would want it to, this is probably a good area to start addressing first.)
Napoleon Hill, in Think and Grow Rich, listed lack of self-discipline as one of the major causes of failure. When you think about it, it really makes sense.
However, let me mention here that focus is also extremely important. If we try to focus on too many things, we tend to fail. The most successful people tend to focus on just one thing. More on that shortly.
Why self discipline is important
Self discipline is the compass, that will keep you moving in the right direction.
It’s easy to practice the 6-step process from Think and Grow Rich every day, but it’s even easier not to. It takes the discipline to do it. This is despite the big promise of this marvelous technology, which requires no hard work, and can be done in just a few minutes per day.
It’s easy, even very comforting, to buy that book that you want to read and then just let it sit on the shelf, for “someday” to read. Yet we both know that “someday” is not likely to come around anytime soon.
It’s easy to buy that online course for $279 or, God forbid, $997 and not do anything with it… You bought it because you convinced yourself that this is what you really need in order to move forward in your online business. But then months went by and you didn’t even get past the first module of the course. In the meantime you purchased another one (or maybe more than one)… Am I right or right?
How do I know? Because I’ve also been there, done that myself.
Turn your self discipline into a daily discipline practice
We know that self discipline is important and we understand that we should practice this important skill every day.
But what disciplines should we practice daily in order to succeed?
I believe we should start with soft disciplines first, like gratitude. It’s easy, it’s pleasant, it’s powerful.
I believe that we must start with being grateful for what we already have. A daily practice of gratitude can do wonders to our vibration.
Some people prefer to do it a the end of the day, I personally prefer to do it early in the day. Do it whenever it makes most sense for you.
What matters is that you practice being grateful regularly.
Then I have these two on my list, as far as achieving major goals is concerned: work on your vision, work on your desire. I’ll come back to these in more detail in a minute.
None of these require more than a few minutes of your time daily. They don’t require hard work. They are easy and very pleasant to do. But we must practice them every day.
Notice that I didn’t even mention doing any “actual” work on your goal yet. You maybe asking if it could be really as easy as practicing gratitude, polishing your vision, and working on your desire, all in a few minutes once or twice a day.
Well, here is the thing: If it works for the world class athletes, if it works for the most successful entrepreneurs, if it works for the millionaires and the billionaires, then who are we to question it?
In any case, you can easily prove or disprove it to yourself, just by doing it for 60-90 days.
We must challenge ourselves just a tiny bit every day in other ways as well if we want to grow as a person. This could be something as simple as refraining from eating that extra desert or going for a 30 minute walk every day regardless of the weather.
If what used to be a challenge becomes normal (a habit), find another habit to work on and challenge yourself again. Just a little bit every day, and so on…
You won’t believe the change this will bring about in just a few months or a year, if you keep at it. Change in your personality, your attitude, you income…
Remember that Rome wasn’t built in one day. It’s the cumulative effect of doing a little bit every day that will get you there. No struggle required.
As I mentioned above, even discipline alone may not be enough. We will now come back to the vision and the desire.
Grand vision and burning desire
Your vision is that big goal you want to achieve and how the end result will look like and by when. But it’s more than that. It also includes your reason why.
So you want to be a blogger and make a six figure income online. But why?
Perhaps it’s the time freedom, spending the time with your loved ones when you want, as often as you want, not when your boss tells you when you can.
Perhaps it’s to be able to live a more comfortable life.
Or maybe you want to contribute to other causes and help other people that are worse off than yourself.
Whatever is important for YOU.
Having a well polished vision, with a strong reason why, allows us to develop a desire, over time a burning desire, which is one half of the biggest secret gifted to us by Napoleon Hill.
Play big, develop a big vision, something that could become your life’s mission and could be life changing for yourself and many others, something so big that it might both excite and scare you at the same time.
Then rehearse it and polish it for a few minutes every day, until you develop that burning desire that Napoleon Hill talked about in Think and Grow Rich.
Nurture your desire, a little bit every day, until it becomes a burning desire, a passion.
Here is where the daily practice of self discipline will pay off big time. Make it your daily practice, at least once a day.
You nourish your body every day. Nourish your goal, your vision, your desire every day as well.
These three ingredients – grand vision, burning desire and self discipline – will feed off each other and propel you towards something great, something you probably right now don’t even believe is possible for you.
You have practiced your simple daily disciplines for a few minutes, now you are ready for the day.
When you start working on your goal for the day, do it with relentless focus.
This in itself will have the benefit of making your desire stronger. However, it will also have a wonderful tendency of attracting to you the people, resources, opportunities, which you need to achieve your goal, your vision, all at the right time.
It will help propel you towards your goal.
Daily discipline, or rather self discipline, practice is the common denominator of most (if not all) of the successful people. Use it to polish your vision and nurture your desire daily and prosper.
The real key however is to focus on one thing. There is a reason why we have an expression “Jack of all trades, master of none”. If you master just one skill and keep honing it, you will become an expert, you will become more valuable.
It’s easiest to notice this just by observing what the top billionaires do. The likes of Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, the Aldi brothers and many more. They all made their fortunes by focusing on mastering and honing just one thing. There is a huge power in focus, in laser focus.
What other disciplines to practice daily
Obviously you can’t just have grand vision and expect to magically manifest it without doing any work, in most cases anyway. You need to consistently do the work that is congruent with your vision.
However, this work will now be inspired by your vision, by the burning desire and will be helped by laser focus. By doing this background preparation, you will give yourself the best chance of succeeding.
One of the great things is that when you encounter obstacles, and you will, it will be so much easier to keep moving towards your goal when backed by your grand vision, a burning desire and relentless focus.
In many cases it may not feel like work at all.
So what’s the work?
This obviously will depend on your grand vision, on your goal.
If your goal is to be a world class athlete, there is a certain training regime you will have to stick to, day after day.
If your goal is to become a world class pianist, you will practice the piano day after day, for hours on end.
And if your goal is to make a six figure income as a blogger, you will need to work on writing, publishing, and promoting your content every day, six to seven days a week for one to three years before you can slow down a bit. Incidentally, that doesn’t necessarily mean you will be doing all three every day. But you will need to be working on at least one activity each day.
However, I strongly believe that it’s that mental preparation that will help you get there. Mindset is everything, when it comes to becoming really good and successful at anything.
People with incorrect mindset start with a goal in their chosen area and give up at the first sign of an obstacle. And if it’s not the first obstacle that gets them off the chosen path, it’s definitely highly likely to be the second or the third obstacle.
The late Jim Rohn said in many of his public lectures that the early advice he got from his mentor was:
“Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job”.
Success is not the money you make, and you can make a fortune. The real success is the person you become in the process.
In another lecture, Jim Rohn also said:
“You can have more than you’ve got, because you you can become more than you are… And of course the other side of the coin reads: Unless you change how you are, you’ll always have what you’ve got.”
Until next time. Stay focused.