Self-Discipline: The Foundation For Success

Self-Discipline: The Foundation For Success

Posted on 01. Apr, 2013 by in Archived Post, Character Counts

No matter what you’re planning on achieving in your life, you will need to have a good sense of responsibility fortified by the power of self-discipline to get things done. To begin, you need to understand the importance of self-discipline. Without it, there’s a slim chance your dreams will become reality. In short, you nor your business will ever reach its potential until you realize the importance of this unique quality.

The first thing that you need to realize is your self-disciple must be established early on in the development of your passive income business or any business for that matter. Look, we all understand there are things that everyone has to deal with, and there are moments in life that will force you to react. You could react in a rash manner and do things that you don’t mean or ultimately regret, or you could take a moment to assess the situation, prioritize, and establish a good plan to move forward. The latter will keep you from sliding into laziness while moving you closer to success.

To build your self-discipline, you’ll need to understand that you will finish what you started. That is very important when you’re looking to set up your business, a blog, or just about anything that you’re doing today. When times get hard, you will not simply run away and hide and you will not just break down and give up, you’ll fight. Those that have the most discipline fight harder than anyone else to get what they want in life, and they achieve it with great glory. Why? Because self-discipline has become a lifestyle for those that are successful. Self-disciple is not a choice…..it’s a habit.

Have you ever had a resolution at the beginning of a new year? If you answered yes, you most likely broke it, sometimes within the first week of trying. With self-discipline, you will end up being one of the few that actually successfully fulfills their resolutions. You’ll overcome the complacency of boredom, you’ll be able to lose weight, and you will be successful where others fail. Failure will not overtake you at all.

So how do you develop self-discipline? It starts with setting priorities. What’s really important to your business right now? Prioritize them on paper. Which priority requires a daily task to be completed? What must be done to complete those tasks? What will be the results of completing those tasks? What reasons do you have for not completing those tasks? Write them down on paper. Then, on a separate piece of paper, write down dismissals for each reason until there are none left. Afterwards, burn the excuses and pin up the dismissals.

Think about all the things you want to accomplish with your passive income business, and, with self-discipline, you will be able to accomplish them. Get to the gym, establish a new routine, try reading a new book, anything that is against the grain of what you normally do. Develop “against the grain” routines that will better your business and you will reap the benefits in the long run. Self-discipline is in you….it’s time to put it into action now.

18 Responses to “Self-Discipline: The Foundation For Success”

  1. VahnCross

    12. Jun, 2013

    I agree. Self-discipline shouldn’t be taken lightly. When I was beginning my blog site, at one point, I got bored and stopped for 2 months. And then I looked back and realized it was such a waste and came back. But focus and concentration is hard to come by. So I disciplined myself to at least get a post per day.

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      13. Jun, 2013

      That’s good to hear….glad you got your resolve back and started posting again. Keep it up….

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  2. Alissa

    12. Jun, 2013

    This is what I really need to do to get organized and stay on task! I’ll have to make a list of priorities for each project I’m working on. It’s hard though, because it seems like I never make my own projects a high priority… there’s always something else, like work or family that comes a head of them! I guess I should start looking at my own projects as “work” as well!

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    • VahnCross

      13. Jun, 2013

      Relate. There’s just some sort of distraction whenever you work like leisure, friends, family. But we have to overcome those eventually and prioritize our tasks.

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  3. James

    14. Jun, 2013

    Do you utilize Google Docs, Alissa? I’ve found that it is much easier for me to keep track of my projects using this service. I recently made my “priority list” (although I called it my “business goals”) and it has helped me greatly to be able to add to/edit it on the go. If you haven’t yet, check it out.

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  4. SharonJ

    18. Jun, 2013

    I’m going to have to look into that, do you just have to have a gmail address?

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  5. Alissa

    20. Jun, 2013

    I do use Google docs actually. But even my drive is disorganized….

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  6. BreatheOut

    20. Jun, 2013

    Persisting and never give up are key components in realizing your goal. At first, I got tired of working as a freelancer because I found it difficult to land my first job. But I kept at it and finally, I got projects coming left and right. 🙂

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    • Hassnain

      21. Jul, 2013

      Hmm well Breathe Out you are right, many people lose hope to decide to give away as a freelancer

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  7. SharonJ

    23. Jun, 2013

    Hey BreatheOut,

    How long have you been a freelancer?

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  8. Sam

    10. Jul, 2013

    I find making To Do lists everyday that result in me getting closer to my goals to be really helpful. Just having little attainable jobs is far less intimidating than a big mammoth goal that’s five years away… I don’t even want to think about it.

    Plus I love getting to cross out things from my to do list – so satisfying!

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  9. Matt

    10. Jul, 2013

    I say …Incentivize self discipline – Rewarding oneself after successful completion of a planed task as per schedule is a great way to keep the motivation high in following a daily schedule

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  10. Taha ayub

    14. Jul, 2013

    I myself got bored when i first started blogging, certainly things get worse when you are not getting enough hits on the blog, but i agree; 3 words that will lead you to success are ” DON’T LOSE HOPE’ and be self- disciplined

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  11. Sarah Harris

    17. Jul, 2013

    Fabulous idea Matt! How do you incentivize yourself?

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  12. Mike

    17. Jul, 2013

    I agree with Matt. I often use the reward of little breaks throughout the day for getting tasks done. Like once I finish this job I’ll stop for lunch, no getting up before then! When I’ve had to do particularly onerous tasks I rewards myself with awesome food. You’ve got to give yourself a pat on the back every now and then.

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  13. Charlotte

    18. Aug, 2013

    I find that I’m more disciplined when I have more to do. It seems the busier I am, the better I manage my time and complete my tasks. I do much better work too!

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  14. John

    24. Aug, 2013

    You can take it 1 step further too. You need self-discipline to stay within your budget for the start up business. It can be difficult to keep the business finances separate from your regular money when you want to grow the business as quickly as possible.

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