Disciplines You Must Develop to Achieve Remarkable Results – Part 5

If you’re going into the woods to cut trees, you should invest time sharpening your ax. The sharper your ax, the more tree you can chop—and faster you can chop them. If your blade is shallow, you’ll expend a lot of effort for very little results. The time you take to sharpen your ax is time well invested.

In the context of achieving remarkable results, sharpening your ax means honing your skills. In fact, if you want to achieve remarkable results, you must develop the discipline of sharpening your skills. You can’t become complacent and stop growing, thinking that you have arrived. You must continue to challenge yourself to grow.

Get this. You never arrive; there’s always room for improvement. Thus, as your journey through life, you must continue to improve yourself by sharpening your skills and acquiring new ones.

People who achieve remarkable results show strict discipline when it comes to elevating their skill level. When others are sleeping or playing or otherwise squandering their time, they’re practicing their craft. Like prudent woodcutters, they diligently sharpen their skills, so they chop more wood faster (i.e., perform at their best).

The skills you need depend on what you’re aiming to achieve: they depend on your goals. Thus, you identify which skills you need for your journey. And as you travel, you must continue to determine the new skills you must acquire for the next step of your journey. A good place to start is to ask yourself, “What must I build? And what set of skills I need to build it?”

Here’s a caveat. The journey to remarkable results isn’t a solitary journey. As such, you don’t have to acquire all the skills yourself. In fact, you don’t have time to learn all the skills; you don’t have a knack for everything, and thus, some skills would take so long to develop that they’re for all intents and purposes out of reach for you.

If you don’t have a knack for music, you don’t have to labor and try to improve your piano skills. You just need to find someone who can play your song for you.

You must know thyself so that you can invest your energy in the right areas, developing the right skills, pursuing the right goals, and thus, put yourself in the best position to succeed.

To develop skill fast, follow the path paved by others; you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. There are proven methods to develop skills in your field. Whatever skills you’re trying to hone—be it your writing skills, speaking skills, leadership skills, cooking skills, graphic design skills, acting skills, etc.—there are well-known methods to help you do so. And if you can get a coach, even better.

Figure out which skills you need to succeed, and discipline yourself to acquire them. It’s a must for whoever aspires to achieve remarkable results.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.