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Let’s get one thing clear, a lot of people look like they’re worth a lot of money, but they could barely pay the rent. Other people look horrible, but they have quite a bit of money stashed away.
You have to understand that if you want to earn a million bucks and look like somebody and look like it, you have to focus on one thing and one thing alone.
I’m not talking about your intelligence or your good looks – although having both helps tremendously.
Sure, good looks can open a lot of doors for you, it can help you run into more opportunities, but in of itself, your appearance is not going to take you as far as you would like it to.
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The Secret to Success
Believe it or not, discipline is the secret to success. It’s more important than intelligence, good looks, or emotional intelligence.
Understand that discipline enables you to do whatever you need to do for however long it takes to achieve success.
Even if you are not all that intelligent, or don’t have much of a clue by being able to control yourself so that you can put in the kind of work that will enable you to figure things out, is the secret ingredient to victory.
This pays off in all areas of your life. If you have chosen to be more disciplined in one particular area, don’t be surprised if the self-control and personal ownership you have achieved in that one area, carries over to the other aspects of your life.
Discipline in Modern Times
This all sounds great and everything, but there’s just one problem, discipline – the word itself has lost its value.
It seems that with every passing decade, people’s attention span and their patience has continued to shrink.
It seems like some oldfashioned concept that has no place in today’s world. Nowadays, we want everything to be quick, easy, and effortless.
Now that you know that everybody’s patience and tolerance for inconvenience or discomfort continues to shrink, it doesn’t take much thinking to realize that this gives you a tremendous competitive advantage.
By training yourself to be more committed than everyone else, you will end up on top, more likely than not. Remember, everybody else’s discipline level is going down.
While everybody else is constantly looking for faster, easier, and more effortless ways to do things.
But if you were to head the other direction and train yourself to put up with a lot more and stick to whatever commitments you have gotten into, you gain a competitive advantage.
Please keep this in mind, by simply investing time, effort, and energy in building up your discipline, you gain a competitive advantage. This advantage flies across the border.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about your business, your career, academics or relationships. If you become the most disciplined person in a room, you have a competitive advantage.
You’re more likely to benefit from opportunities. You are more likely to have the intellectual, mental, and emotional firepower needed to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves.
1. Practice Discipline at Work
What happens if you are the most disciplined person at work?
Well, first of all, you are more likely to show up on time every time. This makes you look good in front of everybody else because everybody’s looking to do the least amount of work for the most amount of pay.
You, on the other hand, have committed to showing up at work and putting in full value. This means that if you committed to 8 hours of work, you are going to deliver 8 hours to work.
This might seem pretty basic and simple, but it isn’t. Let’s be honest here; if you were to compress all the actual work people do at the typical American workplace, you’d be shocked.
People put in 8 hours, yes, but when you look at the actual productive work that they do, you’d be lucky if you walk away with one hour. That’s how bad things are.
If you are that one person in your factory floor, your office cubicle floor, or your workgroup to put in 8 hours, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, how, do you think you’ll look?
You would look like a million bucks. You will be able to command more respect which can lead to greater promotions and higher pay.
Even if your boss is dumb enough not to promote you or pay you what you’re worth.
The skills that you are learning plus the reputation that your cultivating, will follow you to your next boss, who will have enough sense to pay you what you’re worth.
Practicing discipline at work puts you on top.
2. Practice Discipline with Your Body
Let’s face it, every single day it’s very easy to give into our hunger pangs. It’s very easy to eat whatever we want because the mood strikes us.
But if you choose to take ownership of your body and exercise your mental control over it, fitness becomes a child’s play. Consistent exercise, not only becomes part of your daily routine but contribute to your greater well-being.
I’m not just talking about keeping your ideal weight or making you look good; exercise also benefits your mental health, as well as your mental capacity and capabilities.
If you practice discipline over your body, you eat to live instead of living to eat. You remain in full control.
3. Practice Discipline with Your Relationships
Let’s get one thing clear; relationships require a tremendous amount of discipline.
It’s very hard to be loyal to a friend who doesn’t seem to be worthy of loyalty. Nor it’s really hard to hang on to a relationship with a partner who can’t seem to get his or her act together.
Moreover, if a person is going through a tough time and has issues like addiction or coping mechanisms, it’s just so easy just to let that person go.
It’s just so easy to play to say those magic words, ” I love you so much that I have to let you go.”
Relationships are an investment. You have to invest your time, and most importantly, you have to invest your emotional focus. It is not easy.
In many cases, you have to hold your tongue while you’re waiting for somebody to mature and grow up. Tou have to dig into your heels and try to be as patient as possible as this person fumbles around with a solution that is so obvious to you.
The good news is people are worth investing in. With enough encouragement, cultivation, and inspiration, people can live up to their fullest potential.
But do you have to go through that complete journey with them, you have to commit to all that time, effort, and energy. Remember, it’s just so easy to cut and run, be selfish, or play emotional games.
When you develop personal discipline, you will be able to hang on to your relationships, while at the same time becoming a more mature partner.
This means that you’re not just passively babysitting this person, you are actively encouraging, cultivating, and inspiring them to step up.
4. Practice Discipline with Your Mind
With proper discipline, you would be able to separate your emotions from your thoughts.
Now, you may be thinking that this is some intellectual exercise or some academic game, but it isn’t. If you are completely honest with yourself, pay attention to the quality of your decisions.
Let me tell you, the amount of money you have in your bank account, your physical shape, your general appearance, the quality of your relationships, all of these and more are manifestations of your emotional discipline.
Are you the type of person who quits immediately when they come across some challenges? Don’t be surprised if you’re not making as much money as you would like if you have this type of mindset.
Disciplining your mind enables you to separate your emotions from your thoughts and enables you to map out a clear rational and logical way.
You don’t just react to past memories or fly off the handle when you are confronted with unpleasant memories, situations, and people.
Let’s get one thing clear. The world is rough and extremely unfair. It seems like no matter how much time and energy you put into it, at the end of the day, may seem like a big roll of the dice.
Yes, there are going to be many different rough spots in your life. That’s just the way things are. Don’t think for a second that you are entitled to a smooth journey through life.
Instead of taking things emotionally, you have to separate your emotions from your thoughts. You don’t give you don’t get thrown off track, you don’t let your emotions get the better of you, and this requires mental discipline.
You end up with the ability to analyze thoughts, based solely on logic, not feelings. I know this is very hard for a lot of people to do. This is especially difficult if you are younger. But you have to do it.
Discipline is crucial. It not only enables you to become more successful, but it also enables you to live a higher-quality life.
You not only get more value from the world around you, but you also put yourself in a position to contribute more value to others.
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