You can face the pain of discipline now or the pain of regret later.
We all have the will to win. But the will to win without the will to prepare to win is nothing. The only place in which ‘success’ comes before ‘work’ is in the dictionary. There is no easy, pain-proof route to success. It takes sacrifice and discipline.
Think on this: Discipline + talent + passion = unstoppable force
There are a lot of very talented people who are not performing to their full potential because they avoid rigorous preparation. Discipline – the will to prepare – is the X-factor that will take whatever talent and passion you have to the next level and beyond.
Here are six steps to becoming more disciplined and putting the X-factor to work in your life.
- Be a true student of your craft or profession. To continue earning more, you have to keep learning more.
- Give more value than you’re paid for… I can’t overemphasize this. When you ‘go the extra mile,’ you won’t find competitors on the road.
- Don’t hope to succeed. Expect to succeed. The more you prepare, the more you can expect to achieve the outcome or result that you want. The less you prepare, the more you will hope to achieve the outcome or result that you want.
- Become an expert in a field or topic. Stretch out of your comfort zone to perform at a challenging level that forces you to learn and grow – and an important part of that process in many fields is spending time around other people who are performing at an extremely high level.
- Do the absolute worst task first. This is a simple, but ruthless concept: do the task that you don’t want to tackle, you know, the one that if you did it, would have the greatest impact on creating the results you’re trying to accomplish.
- Find a mentor or a coach. When you take the discipline of preparing every day with your passion, and then you get a coach or a mentor to continually help you get better, it could take you to the elite level.
There is no shortcut to success: it takes time, preparation, and experience. There is no easy path or magic bullet to take you there. You must put in the time and effort to get the results you want, on the way to creating the success you’ve envisioned for yourself.
The content is an excerpt from my book called Clarity: How To Get It, How To Keep It & How To Use It To Balance Your Life. If you want to dig into this topic, I dedicated Chapter 5 to it.
I often have this question, and the answer is simple. People who have clearly defined, measurable, written goals in all areas of life outperform the masses combined. So come up with those clearly defined goals in every area of your life.
Top 10 Reasons To Establish Written Goals
Here’s what you gain by clearly defining your goals and writing them down:
- You keep your life in better balance, as you proactively and intentionally determine how you will use your time and energy.
- Your goals serve as a GPS to guide you through life with intentionality, instead of just letting life happen to you.
- Your goals tell your brain what to focus on and what to think about.
- You build self-confidence as you take action and begin accomplishing goals. The following is a personal example of a plan that can be used for any goal. First, I decided what I wanted to do and produced a clear, defined WRITTEN goal. Next, I enlisted the help of an expert to develop a plan of action. I then created specific mini-goals, which I wrote down. I tackled each small goal, building up confidence and increasing my ability slowly. I celebrated when I reached my goal. Celebrating is important!
- You know with assurance when to say “yes” and when to say “no.” When you don’t have clearly defined, written goals, every opportunity can seem worth taking, or not worth taking. How can you tell? What is the gauge you use to determine whether you want to move toward something or away from something?
- You have a powerful source of intrinsic motivation. You won’t need to rely on someone else or something else to get yourself fired up or inspired.
- You have a means of correcting your course to arrive at your destination. To get to the heart of this, I always ask clients to answer three questions honestly: – what’s working? – what’s not working? – what are you going to do differently in the next 90 days to help correct what’s not working? Businesses have to do this all the time, though some stubbornly stick to obsolete goals far too long, even when it’s obvious they should change course.
- You attract the resources and people you need to achieve your goals. It’s called the law of attraction: The more clarity you have, and the more you can write down and visualize what it is you want to happen, the better able you are to attract the things that you want to attract in your life. My advice? Always go big. Little goals and little visions will attract little thinkers and little resources. Big goals and big visions will attract big thinking people and big resources.
- Your goal-building helps you create the future in advance. Here is the way it works: the pictures you create in your head turn into the reality you hold in your hand.
- You stay on the offensive. When you play offense, you take control.
For more in-depth information and help writing effective goals, I invite you to check out my book Clarity: How to get it, how to keep it, and how to use it to balance your life.