by Contributed - Story: 100747
Oct 18, 2013 / 5:00 am
Oct 18, 2013 / 5:00 am
Many years ago, as a young entrepreneur I was told by many friends and family that I was going to be successful! Those were exciting thing words to hear as a budding self employed printer at the time. But perhaps I let the statement go to my head!
What I found over the years as I relaxed, leaning on those wonderful, kind and warm comments is that nothing can create success more than self discipline. Whether you look at sporting franchises, individual athletes, successful global leaders or entrepreneurs, they all share one very valuable trait in common; they have developed a tremendous habit of being disciplined.
When we pity ourselves, we start making excuses. You may have a few excuses yourself, just like me from time to time. We all have excuses for one aspect of our life or another. You have probably heard of the many sayings, such as “Excuses are like armpits, we all have a few and we don’t like the smell!” or “A bad workman always blames his tools.”
The way to avoid excuses is to develop good self discipline. To do that, you can start small. The fear of getting started is always because of an overwhelming view of where you are trying to go. So start small. Think of doing one thing different tomorrow that will help move you along your chosen path. Perhaps you need to start exercising. If that is the case you need to find time.
The one important thing I know about time, is we all are allotted the same number of seconds every single day, 86,400. Yet, many people appear to achieve more in a day with their allotment. It is because they are good time managers and they exhibit self discipline.
So in terms of starting to exercise, and assuming you are already a good manager of time, perhaps set the alarm clock half an hour earlier. I personally, love exercising at the beginning of the day, but different people have different peaks and troughs of energy during the day. The first habit you need to create is getting up a little earlier. Once you are comfortable, add in the exercise. If you are planning on running, it is always good to find friends to run with and start small again. Set a simple goal to run a short distance or for a certain amount of time. Gradually increase the distance and then when you feel comfortable with running, you need to get good advice! Find a coach to take you to the next level!
The process is the same in the business world. If you have your own company, when was the last time you made a cold call, trying to find a new client? It may be a while ago. What about initially setting a goal that first thing on Monday morning you will make three cold calls. No more, no less. Just three. Over the year that would 156 cold calls! How would you business grow if you had such self discipline?
If we do not have good self discipline, we start to have a pity party. Self pity is like a virus, a “woe is me” attitude can spiral into a complete lack of productive activity and can be completely avoided with self discipline!
If you have a team that needs training, contact me and I can share with you some tips and thoughts on how to improve your team’s performance.
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