One quality has the potential to move you toward or away from success. It creates greatness or causes you to become mediocre. It leads to achieving extraordinary accomplishments or prevents them. One irrefutable secret of success is discipline. H.P. Liddon said, “What we do on some great occasions will probably depend upon what we already are, and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.” The key disciplines you form create success. I have discovered at least 6 disciplines successful people know and implement. Below are 6 disciplines to consider:
- Purpose- Successful people have found and intentionally focus in the areas of personal purpose.
- Strengths- Successful people sharpen and work in areas of personal strengths.
- Growth- Successful people consistently grow, learn, and develop themselves.
- Attitude- Successful people have and maintain a positive and optimistic attitude.
- Thinking- Successful people value and engage in thinking.
- Balance- Successful people live a balanced life by having personal, relational, and work boundaries.
The disciplines you create always have a return on your time and effort. Look at these people who have become successful because of discipline:
- Thomas Edison disciplined himself in the area of inventing and even though he failed over 10,000 times his perseverance led him to become a successful and famous inventor.
- Michal Jordan was disciplined in spending countless hours on the basketball court sharpening his skills and natural talents to become one of the best professional basketball players.
- Brain Dodd disciplined himself in the area of leadership to become a seasoned leader who is using his leadership skills to help pastors and churches at Injoy Stewardship Solutions. This year he wrote about “The Top 10 Leadership Lessons I Learned Working For John Maxwell.” I recommend reading Part 1 and Part 2.
- Jeff Goins disciplines himself to write and create which led him to become an author and influencer. He just launched a writing course Tribe Writers and I highly recommend checking it out.
To become successful requires daily discipline in the key areas which will allow you to achieve and accomplish great things. John Maxwell says, “If you can handle today correctly, tomorrow will take care of itself.”
Questions: Who are some women that have become successful because of discipline? What is one area you excel at in the area of discipline and what is one area you need to become more disciplined in?