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Winning Attitude 14: Self discipline

I am a highly spontaneous person so the idea of sticking with an idea more so when I am bored is quite a foreign concept. I enjoy the thrill of adventuring into new concepts and experiences, such that routines stifle my creative abilities. I love to be on top of my game and to live in the fast pace lane. Adrenaline rush is a huge motivation for me unlike many of my peers. When it is exciting and challenging then I am super motivated to go at it wholeheartedly.

Self-discipline is an attitude I have had to painfully develop over the last couple of years. I have had to learn to stick it out even when I am stiff bored as long as I committed to getting it done. In the end, I have been able to accomplish many more projects than I did in my earlier years. I have always been good at starting but not finishing and at some point I convinced myself that I was not cut out to complete task but I have had to change that mindset.

Entrepreneurs and leaders are great at starting initiatives and getting everyone around them involved but not many are committed to seeing those projects through to the end. Finishing is a strength as much as starting is a strength. Self-discipline has been defined as the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not. Self-discipline is the most important single quality for success in life. If you can discipline yourself to do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not, your success is virtually guaranteed.

Self-discipline requires self-mastery, self-control, self-responsibility, and self-direction. The difference between successful people and failures is that successful people make a habit of doing the things that failures do not like to do. And what are those things? The things that failures don’t like to do are the same things that successful people don’t like to do either. But successful people do them anyway because they realize that this is the price they must pay for the success they desire.

The good news is that every act of self-discipline strengthens your other disciplines as well. Every time you practice self-discipline, your self-esteem goes up. You like and respect yourself even more. And the more you practice discipline in small things, the more capable you become of the great disciplines required for the great opportunities, experiences, and challenges of life. Your private battles must precede your public victories. What you fail to conquer in private will defeat you in public. It is what you do on a daily basis that defines your level of excellence.

Learning to commit to small things will teach your will to commit to big things. When you learn to tame your spirit in the small matters of life, you will find it easy to resist public temptations. People don’t fail when they encounter big challenges, they only manifest their smaller failures in a magnified form. Train yourself to stick to the things that you have committed yourself to and learn to enjoy the discipline that comes with routine. Self-discipline is the key to self-mastery and only then can you claim excellence in a given field. 

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