Self-discipline begins with the mastery of thought. If you do not control your thoughts, you cannot control your needs. Self-discipline calls for a balancing of the emotions of your heart with the reasoning faculty of your head.” Napoleon Hill
The toughest person to lead is ourselves. The gap between knowing what to do and actually doing it escapes most of us at times.
The two things that I believe keep us from being more self-disciplined are:
Not knowing, owning and selling out to our “why”. Your “why” must truly belong to you. Your “why” is the purpose behind your actions and your primary motivation for accomplishing your goals or tasks at hand. If your goal is imposed by outside forces, it will take loads of will power to reach it. On the other hand if you goal comes from your deepest passions purpose and desires, it will never seem like drudgery.
Fear of failure. At times when faced with a task we tend to complicate it in our minds, causing a paralysis that can be quite crippling. Perfect is the enemy of the good. When you spend so much time looking for perfection that you never actually do anything, you are sabotaging yourself. One of my mentors Paul Martinelli often says that we sometimes must jump and build our wings on the way down.
Decide your “why”, forget knowing how, face your fears and go for it. You will amaze yourself.
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