The Power of Discipline

“Discipline is the bridge between goals
and accomplishment.”
~Jim Rohn
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 to The Power of Discipline: 7 Ways It Can Change Your Life. Enjoy!
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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.

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7 Ways It Can Change Your Life

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Taking a Positive Approach to Discipline

Each of us, as leaders, must occasionally address employee performance deficiencies. And how we view that process has a definite impact on the end result … and on everyone involved.

Rather than seeing discrepencies as problems caused by “misbehaving” employees, try viewing them as opportunities to ensure and enhance the success of your team and your organization. With this change in perspective, you are much more likely to then approach these challenging situations in a positive fashion.

You see, “discipline” isn’t an action that you – the person with authority – must take against employees for misbehavior. Instead, it is a process to help people make good choices about working together safely, ethically, and productively. By focusing on problem solving and treating employees as “responsible adults,” you can avoid much of the pain and negativity that typically exists in dealing with sub-standard performance. With a “positive discipline” approach there is less stress, and a better chance that tough problems will be resolved quickly and permanently.

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How To Resolve Tough Performance Problems Quickly … and Permanently

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