Do you ever wonder why some people achieve more in their areas of live compared with others? For centuries this question has occupied the mind of the best thinker who ever lived. Aristotle once said that the ultimate aim of human life is to be happy. The question that each of us must answer is “How shall we live in order to be happy?”

This question and your answer will determine whether you will achieve your happiness or not, and also how soon you will achieve it.

Another question is “What is your ideal life?” this can be break down into 4 major categories: Work or Business, Health, Family Life, Financial Situation. What is your ideal condition that you have in those 4 parts of your life? Can you describe yourself?

In Brian Tracy’s book titled “No Excuses!”, he put one popular definition of success which is “Being able to live your life in your own way, doing only those things that you want to do, with the people who you choose, in the situations you desire”

If you can describe your “Ideal Life” then you can notice things that you should be doing more or less in order to begin creating your ideal life. Later on you will see two biggest hindrance on achieving your ideal life: Lack of self discipline and excuses.

You already know the things that you have to do, but somehow you don’t have the discipline to practice it.

In Geoffre Colvin’s book “Talent Is Overrated”, most people learn their job in the first year of employment and then they stop studying. They already know what they have to do but they’re not doing it. But the best people in every field is not the smartest, they have commitment to continuous improvement. Commitment and discipline is what makes the top 1 percent of people in America control as much as 33 percent of all the financial assets.

Are you willing to work harder? Because everyone starting with something. The 1st generation of wealthy people even starts with nothing. Thomas Stanley and William Danko interviewed more than 500 millionaires in “The Millionaire Next Door” book then found a repetition sentence from them that telling “I didn’t have a better education or more intelligence, but I was willing to work harder than anyone else”. Hard work requires self-discipline.

Study for success will tell that if you do what other successful people do, over and over again, you will be enjoying their success too. Because you reap what you sow. No farmer can have a crop if they not plant the seed. The seed for success is to begin doing more of things that will lead you to success and in the same time stop doing activities that lead to nowhere. Ask yourself when you want to do something: Is this thing will make me achieve what I want? But first, like I said previously you have to define what is your ideal life so that you able to answer the latest question.

You have to work consciously and continuously to do things that will lead you to success. If not you will end up doing those easy, fun things that will lead to frustration, financial worries and failures for the long term.

Success has its own price. Lots of people are willing to pay the part of the price, not the whole price. They are always holding back with excuses for not disciplining themselves.

Success has to be paid in full price and in advance. It’s more like cafeteria than a restaurant. In Cafeteria you have to pay first then eat. Discipline and willingness to pay in full price and in advance will deliver you to your ideal life that you want to achieve.

The second most important thing after self-discipline is learning from the experts. Approach them to see how they done their jobs. Read their books and study their work. If you continually listens ideas and advice from the expert in your field you will become an expert too faster. The more knowledge and the bigger skills you have will increase your income earning ability. Skillful people must have a greater amount of money on their bank account. Off course they have to have the skill to manage money too. The outer world is the mirror of the inner world.

Learning from the experts and doing self-discipline is like achieving physical fitness. It’s like bathing, brushing and even eating. You do it continuously every day. Never stop until life is over.

Just like an athlete, he have to exercise continuously if not he would not be able to keep his world record.

Success with self-discipline and continuous learning will give you a big reward. The biggest prize for success is not the amount of money nor the reputation but the character. You will become a stronger and better person. This is a prize that can’t be taken away from you no matter what happen. That’s why you hear stories about millionaires who went bankrupt, then come back in his financial level just in short time.