If You Lack Discipline in These 3 Areas, Forget About Achieving Your Great Goals

If you’re going to achieve great goals, you’ll need to be disciplined. Nothing significant is achieved without discipline.

When you examine the lives of people who have achieved great goals, you notice this common thread: they exerted a great amount of discipline in their chosen field—be it sports, business, entertainment, academic, etc.

Many people have great goals, but they lack the discipline to carry them through. They choose the easy way, even when it’s the wrong way (as in it’s not the way that will take them where they wish to go).

Discipline is the price of greatness. It’s the tuition you pay to be accepted in the elite school of great results.

Be Disciplined in Your Thoughts

Your thought life is important. Your mind is like a garden; it will produce in your life what you allow to grow in it. If you let, thorns of negative thoughts proliferate in your mind, don’t expect to reap a harvest of great achievements.

The ideas you feed your mind matter. “As a man thinks, so is he…” (Pr 23.7). Ultimately, your life will conform to your thoughts. To achieve great goals, you must cultivate a great mindset.

Be Discipline in Your Words

Be careful with your words; they’re powerful. They have the ability to create and shape—your life. Just think about some of the words that people (e.g. a parent, a teacher, an ex-boyfriend, a coach, …) have said to you as a kid and that still have an effect on you today, even after all those years. That’s the power of words. And this power can be used for good or for bad. Use your words for good.

Speak to yourself and to others in an empowering way.

Be Discipline in Your Actions

Discipline isn’t easy; it demands that you do the right thing, even when you don’t feel like it. That is, you practice your drills even when you don’t feel like it; you study even when there’s a captivating show on TV; you work on your business even when you’d rather be playing golf; you sit at the piano and play your scales over and over while your friends are out partying; etc. You do this because you know it’s the right thing to do if you’re to get to your destination.

Your results are greatly impacted by your ability to do what you must regardless of feelings. “Disciplined action” builds momentum, and momentum is key to achieving great goals.

The disciplined person will outperform the talented one any day of the week. If you want to achieve great goals, you must be disciplined in your thoughts, words, and actions: you must take control of your head, your heart, and your hands. Think right, speak right, and do right.