Success secret number fifteen
Practice Self-discipline in All Things
This is the most important single quality for success in life and in becoming a self-made millionaire. 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.
The key to becoming a self-made millionaire is long-time perspective combined with an ability to delay gratification in the short term. It is your ability to set a long-term financial goal of becoming wealthy and
then to discipline yourself, every single day, and with every single expenditure, to do only those things that will guarantee that you ultimately achieve your long-term goal.
Self-discipline means 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 the 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 don't like to do. But successful people do them anyway because they realize that these are the prices that 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 do things that are goal achieving. Unsuccessful people do things that are tension relieving. Successful people do the things that are hard and necessary and important. Unsuccessful people, on the other hand, prefer to do the things that are fun and easy and which give immediate enjoyment.
The good news is that every act of self-discipline strengthens your other disciplines 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 disciplines in the great opportunities and experiences and challenges of life.
Remember, 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 or not you can keep your mind on what you want and where you are going rather than thinking about things you don't want or problems you have had in the past. When you pass the test, you move on to the next grade. And as long as you keep passing the test, you keep moving onward and upward in your life.
self-discipline n.自律 delay v.延迟, 延期
gratification n.满意, 满足 guarantee v.确保，保证
goal achieving 实现目标的 tension relieving 缓解紧张的
self-esteem n.自尊, 自豪 self-mastery 自若