This weeks inspirations come from SimpleTruths.com
At 99 degrees, water is hot.
At 100 degrees, it boils.
And with boiling water, comes steam.
And steam can power a locomotive.
One extra degree makes all the difference
And, that one extra degree of effort, whether in business or in life
separates the good from the great.
Kop Kopmeyer authored many books on success and is often asked “Of all the one thousand success principles that you have discovered, which do you think is the most important?”
He replied without hesitating, “The most important success principle of all was stated by Thomas Huxley many years ago. He said, ‘Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.‘”
He went on to say, “There are 999 other success principles that I have found in my reading and experience, but without self-discipline, none of them work.”
Self-discipline is the key to personal greatness. It is the magic quality that opens all doors for you, and makes everything else possible. With self-discipline, the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and intelligence can take him. But without self-discipline, a person with every blessing of background, education and opportunity will seldom rise above mediocrity.
The above two articles got me thinking and so……
So how can we develop or improve our self-discipline? One way is to prevent regular detrimental procrastination (acknowledging that sometimes procrastination is needed and useful!). How often do we put off unpleasant tasks even if they are more important than other simpler more enjoyable tasks. I know I do all the time! So here is the challenge – out of all the tasks you set yourself, choose the ‘worst’ one and do it first. You know which one. It’s the one that will take the longest or is the most complicated, or most unpleasant. But doing it first will often remove a burden from your shoulders and give you the impetus to then tackle all the remaining (easier) tasks. I’ve tried this myself and it works a treat. Just have to do it enough enough so it becomes a habit!