Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
To illustrate I’ll use it in a sentence, “The child needs to be disciplined”. 🙂 I don’t look at it that way now. As Jim Rohn states in the quote above, I see discipline as the road to accomplishment. Nothing worth doing gets done without applying discipline.
Another way to think of discipline is “grinding it out”. Or as they say in Idaho, “It’s pick and shovel” work. Great things are built a block at a time over a sufficient period of time. This has been a difficult lesson for me to learn. Often I want to see results quickly, and without too much “grinding” effort.
It’s easy to get seduced into the “easy path” by observing “seemingly” over night successes of others. What you don’t see are the hours, weeks, months and years of personal, consistent, quiet effort. Now when I see great successes, I appreciate the remarkable work that went into it.
Another thing people trip over on the way to prosperity is waiting for the inspiration and motivation to come. So many times as I’ve approached a project I think, “I’ll start that when I feel motivated”. The problem is that motivation is tied to how I might be feeling in that moment. Discipline is doing the work consistently regardless of how you feel. You just do it. Get started, jump in and grind it out. Then the motivation comes.
Here are a few simple steps to become more disciplined.
- Create a written plan with milestones. In other words, define the work that is to be accomplished. Or the goal. And make it very clear what needs to be done in order to accomplish the thing. This removes the guess work, lost time and “tinkering” that happens when you don’t have a clear path. Otherwise you will find yourself procrastinating and surfing Facebook for creepy pics of bad 80’s hairdos.
- Set a regular time to do the work. Set your calendar in advance to map out the time slots you will commit to for the work or activities that need to be done. If you don’t actually block off the time needed to accomplish stuff, then you won’t get stuff done…ever. This is the trap most people fall into, me included. You WANT to do things, but you don’t actually schedule time to get it done. Just having goals, and writing them down isn’t’ enough. In fact it can provide a false sense of accomplishment. Hey, I set goals! Cool beans…but then you don’t DO any of them. Like Jim Rohn states above in his excellent quote, “Discipline is the BRIDGE between goals and accomplishment.” In the past I have thought, “I’ll get to the goals later…sometime”. Guess what happens. Nothing. You have to make it happen by creating space in your life to accomplish your goals. Nothing just “happens”. Well, at least not anything of significance. So take it to the next step and schedule in the thing you must get done. Exercise? Schedule it in. Reading uplifting material? Schedule it in. Dates? Schedule it in. You get the idea. Use a calendar online. Print it off a calendar and write it in.
- Do the work consistently…no matter what! Discipline is like a muscle. It gets stronger with use and weakens quickly when not applied consistently. If you have the first two steps in place it’s fairly easy to do this step. Also, consider that your “WHY” has to be bigger than the work you doing. Consider why you are doing what you aim to do. This is what allows you to be consistent, even when the going gets tough.No matter what you want to accomplish, if it’s noble and significant it will require discipline. But its so much more fulfilling than just skimming the surface of life, achieving only mediocre results. It actually feels great to take on something and push through to completion. Here are a couple of examples from my life in recent years:
Losing 30 pounds of visceral, gut fat.
Running a 1/2 marathon.
Creating a website development company.
Publishing several books on Amazon.
Each of these required regular, consistent, applied effort. But my discipline muscle is a bit stronger now and I’m applying it to the creation of this blog now. I’m dedicated to writing a post 6 days week. So far so good!
Make it a blessed day!