Discipline and Persistence

A key component in success is discipline, which is the learned ability to do the same thing over and over and over again. It requires discipline to perform tasks you don’t like. Discipline is that ability to form a pattern, to establish a methodology of making yourself more responsible for yourself, and the best framework from within which you build.

Without plotting a course and sticking to it, no amount of image building or imagination will get you there. Or course, I believe you can accomplish anything you put your mind to regardless of your financial status, professional education or family background, providing you have the basic talent and abilities required, keep an open mind and lay a plan for yourself and your business.

You must pursue your goals relentlessly and never get sidetracked. Nothing can interfere with your thought processes. You must appreciate yourself and your accomplishments. If you don’t know how to handle success, it will handle you.

You need to learn to take from it to get to the next step, and to give back to it through the community, your employees, and the people who share your life. If you don’t, there will be an empty void that will not make anything you have worthwhile. Face up to what you have to contribute and sacrifice to be successful. If study, either by formal education, seminars, reading or training programs is necessary, don’t make excuses as to why you don’t have the time or money to pursue them. Find a way.

If you are asked to take an active part in a professional organization or trade association, do so. You’ll find the credits far outbalance any debits. People in your profession will get to know who you are, your abilities and your strengths. That is important for your profession, credibility and visibility.

Try to get as much publicity and coverage for your ideas and creativity as possible. Develop as aura of business, cleverness and importance about the things you do. When the chips are down, know your stuff and be able to come through. You will only be able to do that through persistence and discipline.