“For me discipline means doing what has to be done, when it has to be done, and the way it has to be done.”
Discipline is a personal quality that can be developed and must be adopted with the full possibility of success in all areas of our lives.
Have you ever wondered why some people manage to achieve their dreams, while others fall by the wayside? What is the secret to achieving goals and objectives in your personal and professional life? The answer may lie in discipline.
In this article, I will objectively explain what discipline is, why it is important, and how to develop it in everyday life. I will also show how discipline was crucial for me to achieve everything I have achieved in my career as a champion jockey and currently as a High Performance Mentor and Motivational Speaker.
I greatly believe in the power of discipline, which I practice daily.
My big goal was to become a champion jockey. This was a goal that was very clear in my mind. This is what helped me a lot to stay disciplined for so many years.
When I started riding as a professional jockey in 1991 in Brazil, I was already a disciplined person who took very good care of my physical preparation.
In 1998 I moved to Macau (a small island in the south of China) and there I hired a good personal trainer to help me and I continued to be very disciplined with my exercises, but even then I couldn’t stay on top to the point of becoming a Champion.
I always asked myself, why am I sacrificing so much and I can’t become a champion? Even though I was always questioning myself, I continued with discipline because discipline always gave me hope that I would get there.
In 2004 I moved to Canada and again I worked hard and remained disciplined as always, with a rigorous routine, with great physical preparation and a lot of training, but even so I couldn’t stay on top.
It was only in 2006 when I looked for a sports psychologist and from then on I not only kept myself disciplined in physical preparation but also in mental preparation. This was a small detail that made all the difference in my career.
From then on I became a great champion in the horse racing world and also in life. Even today I practice discipline, because discipline is my faith, my confidence and a personal value that I acquired with a lot of effort and that I do not give up.
“If we adopt discipline as a daily practice and follow it with focus and persistence, we certainly have a powerful combination for achieving success.”
What is discipline?
Discipline can be defined as the ability to follow a set of rules, norms or principles that guide a person’s behavior and conduct. Discipline involves self-control, persistence, organization, planning and focus. Discipline is a skill that can be learned and improved with time and practice.
Why is discipline important?
Discipline is important because it allows a person to have more clarity, consistency and efficiency in carrying out their tasks and projects. Discipline helps to avoid distractions, procrastination, demotivation and surrendering, all of which can compromise one achieving their goals. Discipline also contributes to personal and professional development, as it encourages self-knowledge, self-confidence and self-esteem.
7 Objective tips on how to develop the power of discipline.
Tip 1: Set clear goals
Keep in mind what you want to achieve. When you have a well-defined goal, it’s easier to draw up a plan to achieve it, which helps to cultivate discipline.
Tip 2: Create a routine
Routine creates a structure for your day and can help automate difficult tasks. If you do something regularly, it becomes a habit, and habits take less effort to maintain.
Tip 3: Start small
Trying to make too many changes at once might not work well. Start with small goals that are easier to manage and gradually introduce more as your discipline increases.
Tip 4: Self-monitoring
Track your progress. Remember that what cannot be measured cannot be improved. And the main objective of discipline is to promote continuous improvement. Self-monitoring can increase your commitment and help you stay focused.
Tip 5: Practice self-care
Maintaining good physical and mental health is crucial to discipline. This can involve getting enough sleep, eating healthy food, walking in nature, and taking time to relax and recharge.
Tip 6: Celebrate the victories
No matter how small, celebrate every achievement. Not only will this keep you motivated, but it will also help to strengthen the behavior that led to success.
Tip 7: Be resilient in the face of failure
Don’t give up when facing adversity. Failure is a normal and important part of the learning and growing process. Learn from it and keep moving forward.
Finally, developing discipline is an ongoing process, so be kind to yourself along the way. Remember that discipline is not about perfection, but about persistence and personal growth, and professional success.