I never realised how vastly important it is in business. It never even occurred to me to think about it, let alone consciously practice it, until last summer.
I had the opportunity to work with my business idol. Now, I am not someone who idolises people (I believe we are all special in our own way) and I certainly don’t understand celebrity, but this woman changed everything for me with her blog. She opened my eyes to the world of business and still to this day every word she writes feels like a thought I’ve had. She is a self made millionaire, her story and her success an inspiration.
So I was in London for two days to work with her and a rockstar photographer she knew. It was in a discussion with said photographer about my idol that I had this epiphany about discipline.
You see, the photographer was telling me a story about a party. You can imagine the scene… everyone downstairs enjoying themselves, drinking, laughing and this business woman upstairs working away at a blog post. She wouldn’t stop when badgered. She blocked out the world and worked, only joining the party when she’d done what needed to be done. She was disciplined. And apparently she was always like this.
I am sure you’ve had similar experiences and choices to make. It’s a daily struggle to find that balance and we don’t always make the right choices or even know what they are.
I reflected that night on how often I’d been in that situation and what my choices had been. I started to question just how disciplined I am and whether it was impacting my progress in a negative way.
We all know that to succeed we need a strong work ethic. We need to put the hours in (and take real, restful breaks). We know we need to be authoritative, decisive and prioritise. But how often do we reflect on and improve our discpline?
Life WILL get in the way of your plans.
At times your creativity will desert you, logic and reason will go out the window, your emotions will threaten to overwhelm you and family events will fall at exactly the wrong time. Life has a way of working against your business plans and when that happens the only thing keeping you on track is the discipline you have and the habits you’ve formed.
It seems to me that discipline is far more important than we realise. It might even be the most important quality we can have.