Discipline is the practice that allows you to transform thought into productive action. Success and failure are the outcomes of two opposite processes: both are not sudden events but follow a precise path.

For example, if you commit to hitting 1000 forehands to improve the shot, but at the end of the day you have only hit 300, you are 700 balls behind.

If this pattern is repeated the following day, the number of missed balls increases significantly, leading you towards an announced bankruptcy in the short term.

On the contrary, however, if you hit 1200 forehands every day instead of 1000, you will have a better chance of reaching success earlier.

The difference between success and failure can be summed up in the fact that things that are easy to do are equally easy not to do. It is therefore necessary to practice a few simple actions every day, avoiding those few errors of evaluation which, if repeated often, can lead to failure.

There are three key requirements underpinning the discipline.

– The first is to understand its importance and the need to practice it. To do this, just ask yourself what you have to do to achieve what you want in life.
– The second requirement is to feel the desire to keep practising discipline consistently and judiciously.
– The third is learning to master life’s events, even the negative ones, in order to transform them into positive occasions.

Constant self-discipline allows you to put into practice what you learn. In fact, it is self-discipline that gives you the strength to set goals, make the best use of your time, avoid procrastination, cultivate human relationships and leadership aptitude, admit your mistakes and recognize your limits – all elements which together allow a person to achieve success.

Self-discipline must be part of a person’s daily life. The easiest way to learn how to practice it is to establish a new habit and carry it forward over time. It doesn’t matter if it’s a simple habit like making the bed every morning: it will be the constant practice of this minimum action that will forge your self-discipline.

It’s not just your actions that require discipline: your thoughts need it too. Without discipline, your thoughts will lose focus and there is a risk of you getting lost and taking everything for granted.

When asked what is the right time to start a habit of discipline, the answer can only be now. Action is the engine of discipline and to avoid inertia it is good to start something when the idea is still alive and pulsating, when you feel the urgency to take action, when the emotion generated by the idea is still strong. In a word: now!

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