I never could help but wonder how did some people achieve success in their lives.
Was it blind luck? It just happened that success knocked at their doors?
Were their born with a high IQ? Did they know something I didn’t?
For so long, I struggled to find the right answer. I always thought it had to be some secret technique, something I hadn’t yet found out about.
But I had hit rock bottom: I didn’t know what I didn’t know.
In order to know what I didn’t even know I know, I had to go on a journey to experience different mindsets, different beliefs and use different techniques.
Ironically, I found that the answer was so simple and everything besides that was meaningless.
In this article, you’ll discover the 2 mind-blowingly simple things you need to be successful in whatever area of your life you want.
Dare to do
From the moment we wake up, to the moment we go to sleep, we have to stand up to life and put up a fight.
Each day, we are required to make decisions whether small or big.
To make those decisions it takes not a great mind, but a great soul. You need to have the courage to take any decision in your life.
Everything starts with the first step. And that first step will take courage, hell, it will take all the courage you have.
Courage (also called bravery or valour) is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage is bravery in the face of physical pain, hardship, death or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, discouragement, or personal loss.
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When you set out to go on the road to success, you must be prepared to face the feelings of uncertainty and discouragement.
While it won’t kill you or hurt you physically, it will be a mental pain. A struggle to face all the negative thoughts and feelings you’ll encounter along the way.
It takes courage to keep going on, even in the face of such adversity.
But even before walking on the path to success, you need courage. When you have to start a new road, it’s hard. It always is.
Having the courage to act, while simultaneously having your instincts fire off and trying to warn you of a false danger, is the most important trait you need to have to achieve success.
Every successful person I know has their doubts, fears, and worries. They aren’t different from us. They’re still humans.
They realize that while they might not have control over how they feel, they have control over how they choose to act, and they always choose to act with courage.
Courage, courage and more courage.
They knew they could lose friends, family, even their own savings and home. Nevertheless, they followed their heart with courage and accepted their fears, doubts, and uncertainty in order to move forward.
Courage is what any successful person uses to push themselves through. It’s as if someone gave you a round-house kick and sent you flying through 10 hard walls of fears and uncertainties.
Courage is present everywhere you choose action over how you feel in the moment.
You don’t feel like waking up at 6:00 AM? It takes courage!
You don’t feel like working on your side-project? It takes courage!
I needed the courage to write this article, ironically about courage. I needed to face my fears and uncertainties.
I had to face the fact that every article I write might be a total piece of garbage.
Many might consider having courage common sense. But while it might be common sense, it definitely isn’t common practice.
I looked at every successful person I knew and I tried to replicate their habits. While some worked, some didn’t. But it’s not about their habits.
The pattern that repeats everywhere is courage.
Courage is what you need every day. It is the first step to unlocking the greatness within you.
Commit to do
While courage will be the push to get started, it won’t help you see it through.
Anything you need to do requires discipline. It’s the discipline to take an objective and follow it through to the end.
You’re committing yourself, body and mind, to make it happen.
A willingness to give your time and energy to something that you believe in, or a promise or firm decision to do something
It takes courage to wake up at 6:00 AM, but it takes discipline to do so every day.
As the definition states, it’s your willingness to invest your time and energy to something you believe in.
You’ll need the courage to start investing that time and energy, and that’s why courage and discipline are two inseparable brothers.
You need both of them to achieve success.
Discipline, however, isn’t just about making a commitment. It’s an ethical obligation you have towards your objectives.
When it gets hard, you won’t need courage, but the commitment to move forward.
You remind yourself why you do it and what you believe in so much that you’re willing to take another step, no matter how miserable that step might be.
Discipline can be imposed by others on you. If you ever had a rough instructor, you know what true discipline is.
But the best form of discipline is the one that you impose on yourself.
Having the discipline to work on every neglected area of your life to improve is what self-discipline is about.
By doing so, you’re becoming an example to others.
Just think about Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Walt Disney or Henry Ford.
People look up to them, they see them as worthy examples to follow. They are the embodiment of self-discipline and let’s not forget courage.
Take one person that isn’t self-disciplined and one that is.
Which one you think people will use as an example and which will be used as a warning?
You don’t have to wait for someone else to discipline you. It’s something you can do it yourself, but you’ll need courage.
Can you start seeing how it connects? They are the pillars of success. Everything that successful people have built was off of those two pillars: courage and discipline.
Nothing more, nothing less.
People think that there has to be more to success than courage and discipline.
While things might be hard, it is our fault that sometimes we exaggerate and complicate them.
Courage and discipline will be your takeoff platform.
As long as you have these 2 values, success will follow.
A word of advice. After you read this, don’t close it and act carelessly. I spent around 2 years researching about success, only to find how simple and powerful courage and discipline are if actually used.
Use this knowledge in your life. Empower yourself through action and you’ll see the change you needed so badly.
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