Self Discipline Is Key To Success


Changing for a better life.. Changing from our old ways of doing things, and our old ways of thinking, sometimes is hard. Hard because we are happy in our comfort zone. It’s familiar. It’s easy and requires no thinking, habit has taken over. Hard because in our comfort zone we don’t want to change, yet we want better, but without the change.

Actually, that sounds pretty sad to me. Thinking for myself is something I have fought for my whole life. Research, discussions, thinking from different points of view, and coming to a conclusion that rests well with me. (Probably why research came so easily for me.) Today, I remain excited about doing new things, meeting new people, going places and dancing. Yes, I enjoy a limited, but well thought out comfort zone. I want to encourage you to think about limiting your comfort zone, too. But not too much.

Comfort zones and limits are great, in their place. However, as we grow and the world changes around us, we need to change and to accept change. Many times, being locked into our comfort zone, becomes a problem. We need to turn toward the light and make our own life changes, in order not to be pulled along in the wake of a change, outside of our control or will.

Lots of times I hear persons say “I could never do that.” I believe they are really saying, ‘I don’t want to change .”, or I don’t want to be responsible for my own life”, or, One person actually said to me” I’m O K with the way things are.” But, when the bad diagnosis comes, suddenly, they are living that very same reality. “I could never do that” becomes the reality of life.

Limiting or eliminating the very same behaviors he could not manage, before. Now, after the bad diagnosis and the sad consequences of the cutting, burning, and poisoning, and countless other horrible treatments later, forced-discipline has replaced “I could never live like that”.

I suggest that you change before the consequences require it. Implement self discipline for life and health success. Doing the thing you need to do, and building up your muscle of self control before it costs you your life, or your freedom to choose. To change, you must make a personal commitment to self improvement. No one can do it for you, and it is no one else’s responsibility. Only you and improve you.

To change, make a list of the things you want in your life, in the areas of health, wealth, professional success, education, your spiritual life and family life. Look at how your life is set up and what changes will help you to create the life you really want. One item per page, write out the perfect scenario, and then build a list of all the things you can do, like a road map, to take you where you want to be. If you want to become a success professionally, take an assessment of where you are now, and decide where you want to be. Seek out information that will lead you to where you want to go. Do you need more classes, a tutor, or a mentor? Then get on the path to your success. Write out your plan and discipline yourself to stay the course.

Stay on the path, step out of the comfort zone of habit, and just do the thing you say you want to do. Say “no” when you are tempted to slack off. Self-discipline depends on being mindful of your choices and being ever aware of what you are doing and not doing, until the new habit takes over. Elbert Hubbard says, “Self- discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”

Yes, self-discipline is often tremendously difficult, our weaknesses, our desires, our obsessions can have a great hold on us. But, no matter how many times we pulled up and fell down as toddlers, we didn’t decide, nor did our parents allow us, to quit as we were learning to walk. If you have the courage to begin, and have the courage to continue, you will succeed and win. Persistence and self discipline are the keys to success and self confidence. There is a winner in you!.

Carolyn Guilford, nutritionist and wellness advocate P O Box 2814 -Savannah, GA 31402, or call 912 236-8987. Visit Her books are available at in Kindle format.

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