I often wonder what the difference is between myself and the people who have made it to the top 1% of our profession. Believe me I don’t kid myself, and I’m not deluded enough to say that I’m the same league as them (yet!), I approach the differences in terms of behaviour and application to what they do.
When you are at the top of your game, your lifestyle takes on a certain motion and that motion continues to drive you forward in success. The same could be said for the rest of us who are stuck in a pattern of ‘ordinary’ and that pattern continues to bring ‘ordinary’ to us as we progress. It is TOO DAMN EASY to follow the usual pleasures which most succumb to in place of what they should be doing: holidays, alcohol, good food, laziness, drugs etc.
I am sure that all of the above is enjoyed frequently by those who are industry leaders, but underneath all of that lies iron discipline. They are not where they are because they have given into temptations which claim the majority of us in times of weakness. Following what you know is right instead of how you are feeling in that particular moment is the secret to success.
As Stephen R. Covey once wrote;
“the undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions.”
Logic usually takes a back seat to these masters, but it is the shaper of our future. I can attribute success to the amount of discipline an actor inflicts upon himself, and would like to make an example of myself by proving how true this is.
I conclude: In order to achieve extraordinary success, one must forfeit the ordinary. Goodbye forever, comfort zone.