Importance of Discipline

by Bill Gough, Insurance Hall of Fame Agent

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn

We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.

All disciplines affect each other. Every let down affects the rest. Not to think so is naive.

Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure.

Discipline can save your life. Without instilling discipline and some serious life-altering changes your business wouldn’t be around.

The best time to set up a new discipline is when the idea is strong. You don’t have to change that much for it to make a great deal of difference. A few simple disciplines can have a major impact on how your life works out in the next 90 days, let alone in the next 12 months or the next 3 years.

Along the way when you’re dealing with failures, you realize that life is more about the journey than it is about the destination. Don’t be obsessed with success and status. Care more about the contribution and adding value to your business. Don’t be plagued by the shiny-object syndrome.

Now, I’m not saying that money, success and achieving big goals doesn’t matter. All I’m saying is that there is a rhyme and reason for what you are going through to get there.

A large part of human behavior is driven by our habits. Trick your mind into doing your bidding with strategies. It takes some serious focus and a bit of determination. AND it all starts with setting real and meaningful SMART goals.

Staying disciplined in the face of failure is tough. Deep-root the meaning behind your goals and stay inspired.

For me, when I struggle with setbacks, I dig deep, I search for my go-to audios, videos, and other material that inspires and motivates me to move forward. That’s the real trick.

At the end of the day you really have to ask yourself how much you actually want something. If you want it badly enough, you’ll get it. If you don’t, you’ll just find a great excuse.