Success is different for everyone. Your version of success may be different from mine — and that’s good. Success is truly an art of the individual. And the thing is, success is not complicated. It’s simple. It’s just not easy.
Our success in whatever areas of our lives we choose come down to a few things and one of the majors is discipline.
What are the things you do daily that charge you up?
What disciplines carry you forward on your journey of continuous growth?
What disciplines, what habits, do you have?
1 Daily Exercise
Everyone says it, and it’s true. Daily exercise is one of the best things you can do to charge yourself for further success. Why? Because your mind and body are linked, and a healthy mind needs a healthy body, and vice versa.
There are many proven benefits to this. The bottom line is that when you exercise daily, you create success in your very biology — in how you feel every single day.
Develop the discipline of daily exercise — no matter how small.
2 Find Your Flow
Flow states are when serious magic happens. It’s when you transcend everything outside of what you’re doing when nothing exists but the present and what you’re focused on — in short, a flow state is when you’re at your highest level of performance.
How do you enter that state? It’s different for everyone. But finding a way to enter flow on a daily basis, as a discipline, connects you with your inner genius.
Find your flow, and exploit it daily.
3 Developing A Habit Of Writing
There comes a point when you must take all of that whirling chaos in your mind and deposit it on to paper. And the moment you do that, you open a door to so many possibilities. I find that the more I journal, the more I understand myself and life, and the more focused I become. It’s a wonderful discipline — and, dare I say, an art.
Learning to think on paper frees up so much mental energy — energy that you can bring to bear on crafting your own personal, unique success.
4 Eat For Success
You are what you eat.
We all know why we should eat healthily. This one’s obvious!
Having a healthy diet doesn't just help your body, but it also instills a boost in your own self-esteem — the satisfaction that comes from knowing that you’re treating your body, your most valuable possession, with the respect and dignity it deserves.
5 Drink Enough Water Daily
“The solution to pollution is dilution.”
As tacky as it sounds, it’s true. Drinking sufficient amounts of water is part of a healthy, productive life.
I pour a jug of 2 liters every morning, so I know how much to drink and can track it easily. However, you do it, drink enough water, and see how it changes not only how you feel, but how you live in general.
6 Being Grateful
As a society, we’re not grateful enough.
Gratitude is not in vogue — because gratitude doesn't sell. But being grateful plants the seeds of a life of joy — and a life filled with joy enables us to do things miserable people cannot possibly do.
I’ve been doing this for a few weeks, and it’s amazing how just a small habit of being deliberately grateful can change the color of each new day.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Will Durant
These six disciplines can be done no matter what your path is, but they are but a handful of countless others. The bottom line is this: find the disciplines that grow you and commit to them every day.
Your disciplines are what will carry you beyond your wildest dreams. Excellent disciplines, repeated daily, can give us more clarity, more focus, more energy, and more joy — and these, in turn, are the fuel to enhance what we already do.