Several years ago, I discovered the benefits of daily walks from my mother in the cold winter of North Germany. Since then, I have made it a habit but even after a decade of practice, I still struggle to wake up in the morning and go for at least forty-five minutes. And like every human being, there are days, my body simply refuses to obey me. There are even times I spend several months without walking; and just like anyone else; I find genuine excuses.
December is here again, that time of year when we pause and review the year. Unfortunately some of us will find that we were not able to achieve the many goals we set ourselves at the beginning of the year; we have reasons and many excuses.
I have come to understand that most successful people have the same list of tasks to accomplish as anyone else. What makes the difference, I think, is that they make time to get all their tasks done with no excuses. Just like anyone else, they may not enjoy everything in the process, but what matters is that they get things done whether they like them or not. These are people who are disciplined and who plan their work and stick to their plans and routines.
Wikipedia describes self-discipline as the ability to motivate oneself in spite of a negative emotional state. Qualities associated with self-discipline include willpower, hard work, and persistence.
“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves... self-discipline with all of them came first.” President Harry Truman
Discipline is one of the important traits of every successful business. As we get ready for 2014, that is my wish for you all because together with self-control, you can develop greatness of character that can have a positive impact on your personal and professional lives.
We bring to you UAP as our cover story this issue and we hope you will learn something from the way they do business. Enjoy reading and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2014.
Be disciplined in 2014, set goals for yourself and be willing to achieve that goal at the expense of your immediate comfort.We feel excited about the year and simply cant wait to embrace 2014.
Enjoy the festive season.