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The Power of Discipline: 7 Ways It Can Change Your Life

When you practice self-discipline you feel like you are in control of your life. You feel content and motivated because you’re moving toward your goals.

Brian Tracy is one of America’s leading authors on the development of human potential. He said, “If I had to pick the number one key to success, it would be self-discipline. It is the difference in winning or losing; between greatness and mediocrity.”

Today, I’d like to share Brian’s introduction in The Power of Discipline: 7 Ways It Can Change Your Life. Enjoy!

Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas

Excerpted from The Power of Discipline by Brian Tracy
Why are some people more successful than others? Why do some people make more money, live happier lives and accomplish much more in the same number of years than the great majority?

I started out in life with few advantages. I did not graduate from high school. I worked at menial jobs. I had limited education, limited skills and a limited future.

And then I began asking, “Why are some people more successful than others?” This question changed my life.

Over the years, I have read thousands of books and articles on the subjects of success and achievement. It seems that the reasons for these accomplishments have been discussed and written about for more than two thousand years, in every conceivable way. One quality that most philosophers, teachers and experts agree on is the importance of self-discipline. As Al Tomsik summarized it years ago, “Success is tons of discipline.”

Some years ago, I attended a conference in Washington. It was the lunch break and I was eating at a nearby food fair. The area was crowded and I sat down at the last open table by myself, even though it was a table for four.

A few minutes later, an older gentleman and a younger woman who was his assistant came along carrying trays of food, obviously looking for a place to sit.

With plenty of room at my table, I immediately arose and invited the older gentleman to join me. He was hesitant, but I insisted. Finally, thanking me as he sat down, we began to chat over lunch.

It turned out that his name was Kop Kopmeyer. As it happened, I immediately knew who he was. He was a legend in the field of success and achievement. Kop Kopmeyer had written four large books, each of which contained 250 success principles that he had derived from more than fifty years of research and study. I had read all four books from cover to cover, more than once.

After we had chatted for awhile, I asked him the question that many people in this situation would ask, “Of all the one thousand success principles that you have discovered, which do you think is the most important?”

He smiled at me with a twinkle in his eye, as if he had been asked this question many times, and replied, without hesitating, “The most important success principle of all was stated by Thomas Huxley many years ago. He said, “Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”

He went on to say, “There are 999 other success principles that I have found in my reading and experience, but without self-discipline, none of them work.”

Self-discipline is the key to personal greatness. It is the magic quality that opens all doors for you, and makes everything else possible. With self-discipline, the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and intelligence can take him.

Today’s Inspiration Comes From:

The Power of Discipline

7 Ways It Can Change Your Life

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Daily Quote: Every Experience

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop and look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt 

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The Power of Discipline 7 Ways it Can Change Your Life 

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Brian is a hardworking and valuable employee that has been with the company for 5 years. A co-worker recently informed you that he has been posting pictures of, and comments about, his excessive partying and womanizing on his personal Facebook page. His behavior does not appear to be impacting his work, however, this co-worker is offended by his posts and concerned that his behavior may negatively impact your organization. WWYD? (what would you do?)

Comment below (by Midnight June 1) with your answer for a  chance to win a Walk The Talk gift book. Winner will be contacted via email and posted here next week. Anyone can post but we can only ship the winning book to a U.S. address. Thanks for your responses.

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 Leadership Lessons Blog Challenge

Let’s do it again! Answer the following question (as a comment below) with “what would you do?” for a chance to win a FREE COPY OF the beautiful Walk the Talk hard-cover gift book. Now….here is today’s Leadership Challenge question.

Brian is a hardworking and valuable employee that has been with the company for 5 years. A co-worker recently informed you that he has been posting pictures of, and comments about, his excessive partying and womanizing on his personal Facebook page. His behavior does not appear to be impacting his work, however, this co-worker is offended by his posts and concerned that his behavior may negatively impact your organization. WWYD? (what would you do?)

Comment below (by Midnight June 1) with your answer for a  chance to win a Walk The Talk gift book. Winner will be contacted via email and posted here next week. Anyone can post but we can only ship the winning book to a U.S. address. Thanks for your responses.

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Daily Quote: How to be beautiful and full of poise

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise,
walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

~Audrey Hepburn

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The Story Behind Oil for Your Lamp

“To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.”~Mother Teresa
Isn’t it amazing what happens when we choose to take care of ourselves properly? When we eat right, get enough sleep, take time to play, and invest in supportive relationships, we are able to shine. Today’s book shares stories of women who have let their lamps run on fumes and contrasts them with stories of women who have learned how to refuel.Written by my friends Lisa Hammond and BJ Gallagher, Oil for Your Lamp will inspire you to refuel so that your lamp will shine brightly.
Please enjoy the story behind Oil for Your Lamp written by Lisa Hammond.

Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas

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Women Taking Care of Themselves

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The Story Behind Oil for Your Lamp by Lisa Hammond
How often have we heard, or maybe even been the ones to say, that those who can do and those who can’t teach. Well, there was an element of truth to that in my case when it came to self care. I spent a great deal of time speaking and even writing on the subject, however in reality I wasn’t doing a very good job of it in my own life.
I was very good at supporting other women and encouraging them to make time for themselves and not doing the same for myself. I was speaking and conducting workshops all around the country and writing on the subject of balance, all the while I was becoming more and more depleted.
It became increasingly clear that I was not alone, the women I met and all of my friends and peers were all spread too thin. We had gone beyond burning the candle at both ends. Women were literally running on fumes.
The concept for Oil for Your Lamp was something I started working on years before I actually wrote the book. I would work on it for a while and then stop. Each time I would come back to it, the same thoughts would ultimately land it back on the shelf. Who am I to write a book about self care? I am working 80 hours a week, I don’t remember the last time I had two consecutive days off, sleep is a distant memory, I travel so much I just dialed 9 on my home phone. I would be a hypocrite.
So year after year, I thought about Oil for Your Lamp, and year after year, it waited. I kept thinking one year I will have balance. One year the timing will be right. My flawed logic was that I should wait to write the book until my lamp was all filled up. Well, I finally wised up when even my fumes started running out.
I ultimately realized putting oil in our lamps is a journey, not something I could just check off my list and be done. I knew if I waited for my lamp to be full the book would never be written and it was a story that needed to be shared. So I wrote Oil for Your Lamp from that honest perspective when my lamp was far from full. I reached out to others and shared how they filled their lamps and how I started to fill mine. We must learn together and support each other.
It has been such an honor and a joy to hear from other women about just how deeply this book has resonated with them. Not a week goes by that I don’t have someone reach out and let me know how they were touched by Oil for Your Lamp. It’s a great book club book!
Writing Oil for Your Lamp has been life changing for me as well. I made a firm commitment to myself to never again let my lamp get that low. I have kept those promises and made serious life changes in order to find balance and keep my lamp burning brighter.

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Daily Quote: Walk In the Light

“If it weren’t for the dark days, we wouldn’t know what it is to walk in the light.”

~Earl Campbell

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