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Desire and Discipline: The Not So Simple Keys to Success

Desire is KEY. If you don’t have a true desire to create something of value or learn a new skill, chances are you won’t do the work necessary to “make it happen”. You know how it goes, you get excited about an idea and “toy” with it, get bored, then move on to something else. It’s an infatuation as compared to “true love”.

Discipline is crucial and my most difficult challenge because it is required to take something (anything) from a “I wish I could be a _______(writer, musician, performer, gardener, cook etc…)” to
“I AM a writer” or “I AM a singer.” or “I AM a ________.” (insert endeavor of your choice).”

Any skill or art worth having takes time to develop and a consistent effort to achieve. This is something I struggle with in writing this blog. I am committed to posting at least twice a week and to do that I must sit down and DO IT, every week. It’s difficult amidst the constant clamor of daily life.

Often people don’t see themselves in this light because they don’t make money at their craft.

Here’s the flaw: The great ones are those that pursue their craft, their art or their passions whether or not anyone is watching. They feel compelled to write (or paint or garden or whatever…) as part of their “inner being”. It’s something that’s part of them, deeper than a wishful thought.

Read on!
This idea is from: You Are What You Do, Not What You Say and it’s “sister” post, Focus on What You CAN Do, Not What You Can’t.

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6 Responses to “Desire and Discipline: The Not So Simple Keys to Success”

  1. I tell my son this every day. If you want a skill, and it means a lot to you, you have to take the time to develop it, nurture it, and stick with it when you make mistakes. So many people could be so much better at things if they give themselves enough time to learn them. Great post.

  2. Tracy Ready says:

    Thanks for your kind comment, glad you enjoyed the post.. yes I tell the young ones the same, and people said it to me when I was young.. all we can do is hope some of it sinks in.
    All the best, Trace

  3. Tracy, I completely agree with the content of this post and I appreciate the succinct method you chose to deliver it. The idea of working to develop your passion so that you (and others) can benefit from it is a major focus of my thought life.

  4. stan stewart says:

    Hey, Trace!

    Thanks. So true. I don’t have much else to say because I thought I was going to scroll down here and find more. :(

    I’d enjoy knowing more about your desire around any of your various pursuits. And discipline techniques or personal reflections on the joys and difficulties of it always intrigue me.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like the post. It just leaves me wanting more … more than usual.

    Playful blessings,
    Stan (aka @muz4now)

  5. Tracy Ready says:

    Thanks Stan…. you’re right it was a shorter post than normal. I really just wanted to focus on the one nugget concept, that you have to have both, desire and discipline to achieve anything worthwhile. It was pulled from and referenced to the 2 posts listed, which are of course much longer.
    Watching other people’s blogs like Seth Godin (extremely short) and Mark Schaeffer (much more detail) I have decided that I like both. And as I am sure you know, most people only read the first paragraph or two, if you are lucky.

    For me Desire is EASY – I have a lot of that. Discipline is what I have by far the MOST trouble with – what about you?
    Many thanks for being Stan, you’re great at it. Your friendship here means a great deal to me. Hope its a good day in your world…
    All the best, Trace

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