Success Requires Discipline

One thing you may have learned in the past is that persistence requires discipline.  But you will also learn that discipline requires persistence.


            “The everyday process of focusing on what you want.  And striving for it relentlessly until you get it”  Discipline according to Jeffrey Gitomer – Sales Bible.


            “The secret of discipline is motivation. When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself” Alexander Patterson.


            Two excellent quotes.  How are you doing with discipline in your life, business, career, and family.  Do you have or don’t you?


            Today, I want to share with you some simple keys of being disciplined.  I will share them through the use of an acrostic of the word discipline.  What discipline means and how to make it happen in your life.  How to take control and create greater success in all you do.  So, here we go.


D – Decision making ability.

To be disciplined, you have to be able to make decisions and make them when they need to be made.  This is one of those great skills so few ever get hold of.  But, it might just be the most important skill you ever attain.


I learned it in my first real management job.  My boss, Nate, was just the best.  He did not beat me up for doing the wrong thing, and he did not give me a hard time about what I did.  He gave me a hard time about not making a decision.  He taught me the principle I have lived and work by since that time in my 20′s.  Simply put – make a decision. If you make the wrong one, then make another one.  At least, you are moving.  You all know that is how I operate and try to teach you. It is simply easier and more effective to ask forgiveness than to ask permission.



I – Integrity

The lost art of living and telling the truth.  How can you have discipline if you have to keep remembering what is truth and what is not?  If you live and work and operate only under the truth, life becomes so much simpler, and discipline becomes so much simpler.


To have great discipline, keep it simple and always tell, live, and work the truth.  Try it and see what happens.



S – Short cuts

Forget shortcuts.  Instead, learn to take the narrow road.  The wide road, or the road of least resistance, is also the road of least success.  That road is not for you.  When you get to those forks in life, when you have to make those tough decisions, remember: take the right road, not the easiest road.


This is a major problem today, because fewer and fewer people have integrity.  We are always looking for the easy way out.  We know what has to be done to do the job, but instead of just doing it, we try to find the short cut.   Disciplined people know what has to be done to make it work, and they do it.


C – Character.

Do what you said you were going to do, when you said you were going to do it, the way you said you were going to do it.


“The ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not” Elbert Hubband.


Imagine the difference when you walk this way. 



I – Investor.

To be disciplined, you must be an investor, not a gambler.


When I tell people it is easier to ask forgiveness than permission, sometimes, they put that into the realm of gambling.  I think it is actually the other way around.  You see, by doing nothing, you gamble that it will be OK.  Usually, doing nothing makes nothing happen; that is a gamble.  Make the investment in taking a risk, in deciding to do what you need to do.  Then watch what happens.


P – Prepare.

You cannot prepare when it is time to get rolling; it is too late.


For many of us, our moms taught us this simple principle, but as we grew, we thought we knew better – we didn’t.

Prepare for what you have to do.

Get the stuff together.

Get what you need to do the job.

Be ready; have it together when the opportunity presents itself.

When you are prepared, you cannot be stopped.



L          Listen.

When you open your ears and shut your mouth, you will be amazed at how different things look.  You will be amazed.


Listen to what is going on around you.

Listen to those on your team.

Listen to your inner self.

Then decide and move forward.


I           Initiative

It doesn’t just happen, and if you think it does, you are wrong.  Make it happen through your action.  Stop thinking about it and move forward.


How many are sitting around, still waiting for it to happen?

Too many.

Discipline requires you to do something, to move forward, to make it happen.


N – No.

Busy people don’t know how to say no.  That is why, instead of being productive, they are busy. 


To be disciplined, you have to know how to say “NO.”

Be willing to say “NO.”

Say “NO.”


Think about all the times you got into trouble.

You have too much to do, because you could not say “no”; now, you have to take shortcuts.

You knew you couldn’t do it, but you could not say “no.”

You know you shouldn’t, but you can’t say “no.”


Am I getting through?  Learn to say no and say “NO.” 



E – Extra mile.

Disciplined people don’t just do it; they do it right.  They do more than the minimum.

They go that extra mile.


They do things, but they don’t just do them.  They do them to the best of their abilities and then even more.  Are you ready to do that?  Can you do it?


Simple enough right?

Can you do it?

This week, work these simple steps and watch what happens to your life.  Once you learn real discipline, you will be amazed at the results.


So, stop thinking about it, stop hesitating, and get moving.

Build yourself into that very disciplined person, starting today.


If you like this article then you are going to love the book.  This is a chapter out of our newly release best seller:


What’s Your Excuse – Everyone’s Got One and They All Stink: Winning Means Being Consistent, Persistent and Self-Disciplined

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Also, please watch this video on Discipline:


Success Requires Discipline