Lesson #7: Possess Self-Discipline

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is a leader. Everyone has the potential to become a good leader, but there is a process that includes a daily commitment to developing. It requires self-discipline, daily preparation, and a high level of perseverance. For example, let’s look at the life of one highly awarded Olympian.
npwe     Michael Phelps is a retired swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time. While preparing for the 2012 Summer Olympics, his swimming workout and 12,000-calorie diet was one of the most physically demanding. His training routine and meal plan were astonishing for someone who is only 6’4 and weighs 165 lbs. In peak training phases, Phelps swam a minimum 80,000 meters a week, which is nearly 50 miles. He practiced twice a day, sometimes more if he was training at altitude. Phelps trained for around five to six hours a day, six days a week.
      In Michael Phelps’ case, making the decision to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics was the easy part. Managing that decision was the hard part. Getting up while it was still dark outside, getting dressed while most of the world still slept, and much, much, more was the hard part. It was in the managing of that decision to compete that made him the champion he is known as today.
      This same tool can be applied when someone makes a New Year’s resolution, goes back to school, or wants better performance on the job. Self-discipline is the key to managing your success.

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