Performance Improvement & Professional Development

The Value of Being Disciplined

A Few Simple Disciplines

The late Jim Rohn had the best definitions of failure and success I’ve ever heard. Jim said: “Failure is the result of a few errors in judgment – repeated every day – and success is the result of a few simple disciplines – practiced every day.”

Makes sense, doesn’t it? We fail to achieve what we say we want to achieve because we keep doing those things that sabotage our success achievement. We say we want to loose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle but we repeatedly eat junk food and figure out ways not to exercise. We say we want that promotion but we fail to get that certificate or degree we need to make it happen. We’re embarrassed because we didn’t finish the project as promised but we know we allowed ourselves to be distracted by too many trivial matters.

Repeating self-defeating behavior will guarantee a disappointing life. If you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting, right?

On the other hand, practicing a few simple disciplines – every day – will lead to a successful and productive life. Eating wisely and regular exercise is the path to good health. Working on “high value” tasks each day means you will accomplish goals complete important projects – as promised.

Self-discipline is the ability to control your feelings and overcome weaknesses; the ability to pursue what you think is right despite temptations to do otherwise.

The Benefits of Being Disciplined

There are a number of reasons to be a disciplined person. Here are some of the more obvious ones:

  1. Discipline builds self-confidence. Self-confidence means you trust your abilities, your unique qualities and your judgment.
  2. You will accomplish more, and are therefore be more productive.
  3. You are able to maintain a higher tolerance for frustration, obstacles and negative emotions.
  4. Discipline allows you to obtain better health, better finances and a great work ethic.
  5. You’ll be able to reach your most difficult goals more efficiently.

Facing Life’s Challenges

Life puts plenty of challenges and problems in our way on the road to success and achievement. In order to rise above those challenges and problems, you have to act with perseverance, persistence, and of course, self-discipline.

Bottom Line: The more disciplined you become, the easier life gets.

About the Author

Les Taylor is the founder and managing partner of Outperformers International. He is an award-winning author, professional speaker and recognized expert in the field of performance improvement and professional development. Les is a former law enforcement executive, served as the executive director of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is a past president of the Arizona Chapter of the National Speakers Association.

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