The key factors to getting things done and being successful!
So many of us look for people or things to motivate us to accomplish goals. Motivational speakers, Business (and Personal) coaches, the latest “How To” book are all examples of this. As these SEALs state “Motivation is a fickle emotion…” It is discipline that gets the work done. As the pressure builds, discipline allows your training to rise into action.
Training to prioritize and execute leads to getting the job done. It isn’t only in situations that affect your personal safety! These are the easiest to see the connection but NOT limited to it.
You can see the prioritize and execute in driving down the highway. Many things are happening at once, so which is most important right now? How about two minutes from now? A lot can change in a couple miles. Not prioritizing and executing can lead to crashes that hurt more than just property.
This is where you see discipline built. My email signature includes “How you do anything is how you do everything.” (T. Harv Eker) as a reminder to not take things lightly. What does it say about the person who has a backseat full of Mountain Dew cans and McDonalds bags? What do you think their house looks like? What kind of work do you think they do? The lack of discipline is probably the biggest reason people don’t achieve the goals and dreams that they have. When too much “I’ll do it later” shows up, nothing gets done.
Here’s where too many misunderstand the whole idea of discipline. This work is for YOU, not someone else. Quite often it can be heard “I don’t want to be told what to do!” Yes, it takes a while to get the selfishness out of your system. The point actually being that you will only get or have what you are willing to work for. I’ve long said that following directions is one of the key factors in being a successful martial artist. Now, if you are willing to follow directions of someone else to gain skill and knowledge, why would you not follow your own directions to take it beyond what you’ve learned and succeeded at?
This success is why I’m happy that most of my students have already surpassed me in their skills and capabilities. They can see how to carry discipline over into other areas, then use the principles (basics) from those areas to further develop each subject matter they work on.
Author: Master Robert Frankovich
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