Discipline is a topic I refer back to again and again, both in my writing and in my talks, for a very simple reason. Without disciplining both your thoughts and actions, you are unlikely to achieve success, happiness or personal fulfillment.

Many people think that Mind Power is a magic wand, an easy way to manifest your goals; that you just “think” something a few times and soon it happens. I wish it were so, but it takes more than that. Mind Power is an effective and powerful tool in creating your reality, but it will only happen if you have the ability to do your exercises regularly and consistently, week in and week out, and follow up these exercises with action. And this will only occur if you have discipline. Discipline to persist with your mental exercises beyond the initial euphoria and novelty of working with your mind in this new way, and discipline to set and achieve weekly goals. As this website advises, “Mind Power is a practice, not a philosophy.”

37043454 - targetDiscipline is not a dirty word, and it is not something you should avoid or approach with trepidation. If you dislike the sound of discipline, change your attitude about it immediately and let discipline be your friend, your mentor, your teacher and your coach.

The professional sports team that neglects discipline in either their preparation or on the sports field will always, in the end, be soundly beaten by the team that possesses discipline. An undisciplined team will not have the conditioning, the strategy or the execution necessary to win it all. They may have moments of brilliance, even dominance, but those moments will eventually give way to disorganization and ineptitude. So too in our life. A disciplined life will always be more successful and enjoyable than an undisciplined life.

Now a couple of questions: Are you disciplined? Do you play to win in your life? What is your strategy for achieving your goals? How well are you executing that strategy? It’s amazing to me how many people want to be happy, successful and personally fulfilled in their lives, and yet they have no discipline or strategy to achieve it. They think it is going to happen if they just want it badly enough. Wanting something to happen in your life without having discipline or a strategy is like a sports team entering a game with no game plan, just hoping it will all work out. Don’t hope it will work out. Design a strategy and then execute it.

If you know what you want in life but fail to set and achieve weekly goals, you are missing one of the surest ways to success. I have worked and been successful in many different fields and have a lot to share on this subject, and I do so in my books and CDs. But if I were limited to sharing only one piece of advice on what is most important to success, it would be, “Master the discipline of setting and achieving weekly goals.” Why weekly? Because a week is a long enough time to accomplish a number of tasks, and a short enough time to notice where you are executing well, and–most importantly–where you are not. A