Scott Peck in his book The Road Less Traveled says that “without discipline we can solve nothing.” The most successful people in life are disciplined. Fact. Discipline is made up of tools we use to cope with life’s problems and challenges. Below I list some of the key markers of discipline:
- Hard working.
If we want to be successful we have to be willing to work harder than anyone else. Disciplined people are not satisfied living an average life. They want to test the edges of who they are and what they can become. They do not mind working extra hours if it means they learn something valuable that gets them more quickly and efficiently to the result of their desired outcome.
Disciplined people understand that to thrive in business they first and foremost need to be healthy. For this reason, they do not just focus on being disciplined in their career environment. They commit to eating healthy, they commit to an active exercise routine, and make sure to get enough sleep.
Disciplined people are careful about the thoughts they allow to occupy their mind. They make the conscious choice to think only in terms of success. The attitude they keep is positive. Success isn’t going to always come easily; therefore, their failures are viewed as opportunities which guide them toward their next more successful direction.
To be successful disciplined people have an organised system they operate from. They tend to make lists, have calendars, reminders set on their phones and a daily schedule of events they organise their efforts around. The more organised disciplined people are, the less chaotic their daily events are experienced.
Disciplined people do not blame others when things don’t work in their favour. They take accountability for their end of a failure or misunderstanding. If something doesn’t work out they analyse what and where things went wrong and take measures to improve going forward.
Disciplined people value their time. They arrive early to meetings and are fully prepared when their clients come visit with them. Disciplined people make it a habit to keep their meetings, goals and deadlines on a calendar and do all they can to meet their goals and objectives in a timely manner. They make very little time for procrastination when it comes to their urgent matters.
A key to being disciplined is not to be rigid, but resourceful. Disciplined people are not afraid to ask for guidance when necessary or to get outside of their comfort zone to establish new habits that will help them going forward.