More Often than not, we expect successful people to give us holy grail to their success story when we have opportunities to interact with them.
The truth, however, is that there is no holy grail anywhere and if there was, then everyone would have been successful.
We often task ourselves with seeking for 5 keys to success, 7 keys to this, 10 keys to that and so on and so forth. When we take a critical look at successful people, one unique trait is inherent in them all. Their approach to problems.
How they coordinate themselves when faced with difficulties shows how their mindset have being patterned towards positivity over a long time. By now, you might wonder what this is about. It is not far fetch from what we have been told in our respective church, mosques, schools, business seminars, conferences and the likes.
Like a child, we have trivialized it and taken it for granted. We have downplayed it to the extent that it means only little to us. From our day to day, week in week out, we have gradually relegated it to the background, like a sucking baby calling for the attention of her mother. She wails, expecting her voice to be heard.
In the same vein, like a toddler trying to get her feet on the ground, so is the mastery of discipline.
Yes, Discipline. This is the very invaluable part of our daily life we have relegated. It may look insignificant, but that is one factor successful people understand and utilize so well.
No matter who your mentor is, the access to information you have, or how gifted or talented you are, discipline is the bedrock of every success. In the words of Luke Campbell “Talent is nothing without dedication and discipline, and dedication and discipline is a talent in itself.”
Discipline in not getting late for appointment, Discipline in waking up early, Discipline in staying up late at night to burn the midnight candle as a student when other are probably snoring, Discipline in meeting up with those deadlines.
Discipline in not procrastinating those chores even when you are tired, like Jocko Willink would say, “ The temptation to take the easy road is always there. It is as easy as staying in bed in the morning and sleeping in. But discipline is paramount to ultimate success and victory for any leader and any team”.
In conclusion, we cannot overemphasize the importance of discipline. When we are disciplined in those little things daily, we will observe that in the long run, we will be discipline in the sum total of our lives.
It all begins with making the decision to stay put against all odds. Sometimes we may have legitimate reasons not to be disciplined but in all, we should focus on the bigger picture and target we have set for ourselves.
In a nutshell, no matter the books, the seminars, the conferences, the articles e.t.c you read, if you are not ready to take action, you will be left behind and by the time you realized it, it may already be too late.
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