Is Self Discipline The Most Important Trait In Successful People?

Let me start by saying I do not consider myself self-disciplined. I am always jealous of the people I have met that can make themselves do whatever it is that they need to do and don’t procrastinate about it.

I, on the other hand, do my best work when I have procrastinated until it’s so late that if I don’t get it done there will be serious consequences.

I am terrible at waking up at a specific time in the morning, If I have to get it done I would rather work late. So many people will make you feel bad about this. They are the ones out there stating I am up at 4:30 am every morning even on weekends and make you feel guilty for waking up at 6 am. Well, that’s all fine and dandy for them but in all reality, we each are our person.

Guilt is one of the worst things people can do to themselves and to feel guilty about sleeping in until 6 am is crazy and has no place in a successful person’s world.

The discipline that matters the most in business is doing the most productive thing now. It means getting on the phone and making calls until you have the number of leads that you need for your sales that day. It means not looking at your phone until you have the calls done.

This is self-discipline and all the greats have it. They will smile and dial when there is a call to make when they don’t want to. They will skip lunch to get that last phone call in before the afternoon meeting.

These are the traits of someone who is going to make a difference in the world. I admire these people a ton and look up to them and the success they have created for themselves.

If there is one thing you should do that will separate you from the rest of the pack, that is self-discipline. Don’t take the easy way out. Make yourself do the hard things and soon they will become a little less hard and then and some point you will not have to do them at all.

The issue is that some people never do the hard things. They never have tough conversations that may result in someone’s feelings getting hurt. They never leave the job that they hate because it is safe and you never know what will happen at the new job.

Self-discipline is all about making yourself do the things you don’t want to do daily. It cannot be now and then it has to be daily because that is what will make the biggest change in your life.

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