4 Pillars to succeed in anything:

10 01 2013

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4 Basic principles

Life is a complicated issue that comes with little to no manuals and even fewer people who know their way about this place. In this discussion I would like to tell you the 4 basic principles that I’ve learned through experience to help me gain momentum towards success.

A master of these 4 principles achieve success no matter what field they are in. It is as if the definition of success resides in these 4 basic principles:

1) Discipline: 

Discipline is a difficult principle to master. Especially in the day and age we live in where distractions are considered entertainment and there are more than enough ways to be distracted. However, without discipline we cannot adequately accomplish any task let alone accomplish it with perfection. So how does one gain discipline? That’s an issue I’ll leave for another day right now I want you to ask yourself what goals do I have and what am I doing that i hindering me from reaching my goals? What distractions are keeping from advancing my motives? The act of staying away from distraction is discipline but that means nothing if it is not accompanied by the next pillar.

2) Consistency:

Consistency is another principle I picked up along the way of life. The problem with many people (including myself) is that we may be able to discipline ourselves for a time but we aren’t consistent with it. We feel good about not watching television and instead we work out but success is not a “hit it and quit it” way of life. It is a matter of endurance. Going through the process of continual discipline and rejecting of the pleasures of life are what is necessary for accomplishing your goals. Discipline and consistency will get you to success but the next pillar I will introduce to you will give you the quality of success.

3) Focus:

Anyone can struggle through college and walk into a degree but do you remember the things you learned? Anyone can create a painting but how is the quality of the painting? Is it on par with artists? The quality of your results depend on the focus you put into achieving the desired goal. This pillar is contingent upon the first two. Without the first two pillars forget about this pillar it won’t even work. Focus is the amount of energy you pour into what you want to accomplish. The more focus the better the quality.

And lastly, commitment:

Do you have the commitment to stick to your goals? The truth is I spent the last 6 years of my life in community college because I lacked commitment to stick to one major. I had poor grades because I lacked the focus to put forth any real quality in my classes. And I learned discipline and consistency after dropping 14 classes.

I learned these principles through experience, and I write them here to share them with you. There are others I know who have applied these concepts to their lives and the fruit has been immense. In our recent times a famous figure I can think of that acquired and became a master of these four disciplines is Ron Paul.

He had the discipline to not be bribed he had the focus to give good quality work to make articulate and coherent arguments to explain his points and positions. He had consistency  in the sense that he consistently preached the same message for over 30 years and lastly he carried commitment to see his vision all the way through.

I highly suggest picking someone to follow and if you can’t find one then be the person you desire to be. Become a master of the 4 pillars which lead to success

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