How to build perseverance and self-discipline
Do you think it’s possible to achieve success by doing nothing, by taking no action at all?
Are you one of the many people who starts something, a project or task, only to quit at some point because you realise there’s far too much competition, or that you would rather spend your time doing other things, as completion will demand far too much time and effort?
Do you realise that only a very small percentage of the world’s population actually persevere right to the very end to be successful?
Finally, would you like to be a part of that percentage?
Why is it that some people succeed where others don’t?
Among other things such as self-motivation and self-confidence, successful people possess another vital quality: self-discipline.
They have the ability to steer clear from time-wasting events and actions and remain focused on their main objective.
Self-discipline is about passing up on the temptation to spend countless hours surfing the internet for things that are not important, or spending unnecessary time tweeting or sitting in front of the television watching ‘seemingly’ interesting programmes one after the other.
To put it mildly, for you to be successful at what you’re doing, or even just to simply finish off a project or task you started, you need to practise the art and science of self-discipline or perseverance.
To begin, you need to decide on one thing that you usually do that interferes with completing your objective, distracts you from working on it, or steers you away from even starting it.
Making a decision is a vital step towards practising self-discipline.
As an example, say you watch a particular programme on television every night or regularly once a week, make it a point to avoid watching it.
To make it easy, occupy yourself with something else you really enjoy. Keep your mind busy for the duration of the programme.
Intentionally building perseverance and self-discipline will require your inner strength and willpower.
You are beginning a journey of growth — plant the seed, nurture it and develop your ability to change the negative or unwanted habits that create roadblocks to your success.
Gaining these relevant skills will allow you to live a more empowered, focus-driven and successful life.
Build more interruptions to steer you away from the diversions that keep you from your main objective: to be successful.
Self-discipline or perseverance is a prerequisite to success, without which your chances of success are highly unlikely.
If self-discipline is an issue with you, make it a point from today to practise the art of avoidance.
Be good at it, become an expert at it and you will achieve many successes as you progress through life.
Hani A Al-Qasem is a personal development educator who specialises in the life and success mindset.
Having devoted over 17 years to the study of human potential and personal development, he is committed to inspire, support and motivate people to create a better and more optimistic world for us all to live in.
Hani A Al-Qasem believes that together, as human beings with a conscience, we can share our expertise, our strengths, our passion, our gift to create awareness that there is another way to make things happen. Instead of ‘changing the TV channel’ because we can’t bear to watch the harshness of life around us, we can take combined action to transform lives.
We cannot change the circumstances that brought people to where they are, but we can change their thinking, from within, to improve the quality of their present and future lives.
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