“Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”
A story: by Brian Tracy
Some years ago, I attended a conference in Washington. It was the lunch break and I was eating at a nearby food fair.
The area was crowded and I sat down at the last open table by myself, even though it was a table for four.
A few minutes later, an older gentleman and a younger woman who was his assistant came along carrying trays of food, obviously looking for a place to sit.
With plenty of room at my table, I immediately arose and invited the older gentleman to join me.
He was hesitant, but I insisted. Finally, thanking me as he sat down, we began to chat over lunch.
It turned out that his name was Kop Kopmeyer. As it happened, I immediately knew who he was. He was a legend in the field of success and achievement.
Kop Kopmeyer had written four large books, each of which contained 250 success principles that he had derived from more than fifty years of research and study.
I had read all four books from cover to cover, more than once.
After we had chatted for a while, I asked him the question that many people in this situation would ask, “Of all the one thousand success principles that you have discovered, which do you think is the most important?”
He smiled at me with a twinkle in his eye, as if he had been asked this question many times, and replied, without hesitating,
“The most important success principle of all was stated by Thomas Huxley many years ago. He said, ‘Do what you should do when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.'”
He went on to say, “There are 999 other success principles that I have found in my reading and experience, but without self-discipline, none of them work.”
Self-discipline is the key to success and to personal greatness
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