Almost everyone wants to become better. But self-improvement requires effort. You don’t just wake up one day and haphazardly glide into a new and improved you. Becoming better takes work. But determining to grow into a stronger person is well worth the investment.
And these two hard-to-learn skills are not easy to develop, but they pay off greatly in the end.
- Self-Discipline. One of the hardest people to push is ourselves. But making ourselves do what we don’t want to do - to get the results we truly want to achieve - is well worth the effort. The key to developing the skill of self-discipline is to continually ask yourself, “what do I need to do now that I might not want to do in order to get the results I want later?” Most people ask the opposite, “what can I do now that I do want to do even though it will prevent me from having what I want later?” Seek to get the result you want later by applying yourself now. Doing so will unlock the door to self-discipline in your life.
- Saying “No”. No is such a simple word to pronounce but a difficult one to say. We associate guilt with even thinking of saying no to someone else. But the skill of evaluating a demand or a request and saying no with tact is a skill that will pay huge dividends on your time and even your health. Lacking this one skill alone could be the cause of an over-demanding schedule that is stealing your happiness in life. Saying yes to everyone and to everything that pulls at you is an ulcer waiting to happen. You may not even have considered that saying no is a skill. But is certainly is because the more you say it the easier it gets to say it again.
It is not easy to develop self-discipline and saying no is sometimes even harder than that. And it is hard to learn these two skills, but the pay offs on developing just these two skills alone can be immeasurable.
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