Since I’ve never heard anyone say they wanted to fail or to grow up to be an underachiever, I’m assuming that we would all like to be successful. However, if that’s the case, then why do so many of us fall short?
Because wishing and being are two different things. And the dreaded “D” word, discipline, is the key ingredient.
I’d like to succeed in dropping a few pounds and getting into shape. But that means dragging myself out of bed in the morning and lacing up my running shoes. Pushing for an extra lap or two. Saying no to the french fry craving and saying yes to a salad. Success takes discipline in the little things repeated daily.
I’d like to build our family’s financial stability. That takes discipline to cut back on spending, to find bargains, to pay down debts, and to set aside money into savings.
I’d like to earn enough money from my books to pay for my kids’ tuition at their private school. Well, that too takes discipline. Discipline to write consistently, to read voraciously, to learn all I can about the industry, to submit to critique groups, to query agents, to meet editors at conferences, to network with other writers and potential readers, to build a “tribe” of followers, to develop unique ideas, to promote my work, and to do it all over and over on a daily basis.
How much do I want to succeed? It’ll show up in how disciplined I become.
What about you? Where do you want to be successful? What simple disciplines done daily will get you there?