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Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not. It is the most important single quality for success in life and in becoming successful. If you can discipline yourself to do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not your success is virtually guaranteed.

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The key to becoming successful is having a long time perspective combined with an ability to delay gratification in the short term. For resistance, if you want to be financially free, it is your ability to set long term goals of becoming financially independent and then to discipline yourself every single day with every single expenditure, to do only those things that will guarantee that you ultimately achieve your long term goals.

Self-discipline requires self-mastery, self-control, self-responsibility and self-direction.

The difference between successful people and failures is that successful people make a habit of doing things that failures do not like to do. And what are those things? The things that failures don’t like to do are the same things that successful people do them anyway, because successful people realize that this is the price they must pay for the success they desire. Successful people are more concerned with pleasing results.

Failures are more concerned with pleasing methods. Successful people take actions that are goal achieving. Unsuccessful people take actions that are tension relieving. Successful people do the things that are hard, necessary and important. Unsuccessful people on the other hand, prefer to do the things that are fun, easy and that give them immediate enjoyment or gratifications.

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The Good News

The good news is that every act of self discipline strengthens your other discipline as well. Every time you practice self discipline, your self esteem goes up. You like and respect yourself even more. And the more you practice discipline in small things, the more capable you become of the great discipline in small things, the more capable you become of the great discipline required for the great opportunities, experiences and challenges of life.

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Everything in life is a test.

Every day, every hour and sometimes every minute, you are taking a test of self-mastery, self-control and self-discipline. The test is to see whether you can make yourself do the things that are most important and stay with them until they are complete. The test is whether you can keep your mind on what you want and where you are going rather than thinking and talking about things you don’t want or problems you have had in the past .When you pass the test, you move onward and upward to the next grade. And as long as you keep passing the tests, you keep moving onwards and upwards in your life. Success requires tons of discipline, as Jim Rohn puts it “Discipline weighs ounces: Failure weighs tons.”

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