|Posted by Buhle Dlamini on January 14, 2013 at 7:25 PM|
"The Price of Discipline is always less than The Pain of Regret"
One of the keys to success is discipline but nobody likes to hear about discipline. The result is that many of us settle for an average existence when we could be living our dreams. To be all that you can be in business and in life you need to put few very important things in place. It might be a drag at times and sometimes you might wish that you can wake up to your dream life without effort.
In the quick fix world of instant results and eat-all-you-want-and-lose-weight-diets, sticking to a set of routines that puts you at the head of your field is not popular.
As Nido Qubain puts it so well "The Price of Discipline is always less than The Pain of Regret". All of us know the pain of regret when we wake up to the realisation that our lack of discipline has cost us something really valuable in our lives. If you want to make this year an successful one, you need to work out what areas you need to practice self discipline to get that reward you are looking for.
This has to be your decision to make your life better, your decision to increase your performance and more. What are some areas where you can exercise discipline to reach success:
Articulate and Stick To Goals
The discipline of setting clear, practical goals for your life, career and business is often cited as the number one reason the successful become more successful. Why not practice this discipline right now by taking your notebook or diary and writing at least 3 goals you want to achieve this month. Start with these short term goals and break them down to activities you will have to do everyday until your goals are reached. You will soon see that if you were able to set and achieve 3 monthly goals you can set and achieve yearly goals and then 3 year goals and so on. Why not start now and then discipline yourself to follow through.
Nurture Your Mind, Body and Soul
The most important asset that you have is you. Not your house, not your car, not your network but you. If you are like many other people you probably have neglected yourself over the years while working on these other things in your life. This is a big mistake that will cost you dearly in the future unless you change. Your ability to perform is purely dependant on how your mind, body and soul are right now. If you always feel tired because you lack good exercise and rest it will affect how sharp you are at work, thus impacting on your performance. If you discipline yourself to nurture your mind through reading, attending workshops and good discussion, you will find that you have more to offer the world.
Develop Your Character and Relationships
Who you are becoming is more important than what you are achieving. Your character says a lot about who you are becoming and to work on ones character takes discipline. To really become who you are meant to be means that you have to be serious about what you value in life. All of us have areas we want to improve upon to become better people that we know we can be. Maybe your lack of patience makes you an irritable person that others find hard to be around or maybe it's procrastination that makes others doubt your word to be true. Only you can develop your character to be what you want it to be, but you have to discipline yourself in certain areas of your character daily. Your relationship with others is always impacted by your character and your discipline towards improving those relationships.
It is possible for you to reach unparalleled levels of success in your life but you need to be willing to pay the upfront price of discipline than to suffer the pain of regret later when you suffer the results of your lack of discipline. Decide to work on a few discipline areas and take action now and see how amazing your year will be.
Buhle Dlamini is an entrepreneur, author of numerous books, a sought-after speaker, author and managing director of Young and Able cc, a personal and business development consultancy, he is also the joint CEO of ForGood.