Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Day 11

Hands Played Today: 3097

Total Hands Played: 66065

Hands Needed: 137032

Pace: 73337 (-7272)

Jog: No (6/20)


Achieving goals takes consistent effort. That is something that I struggle with a lot. Everybody gets a big initial surge of motivation when you lay out some grand plans. Its carrying through with them after that initial surge, and when the going gets tough, that separates people.

I am not giving it my best effort lately. But I am continuing to at least give myself a chance at these goals, by doing something, however small, each day. This is good, and a sign of improvement.

Just to add on this blog I found an interesting piece on someone else's blog that directly relates to what I just wrote above.

Quoted from an article on stevepavlina.com:

"Passion is nonessential for success.

Which is better though: passion or self-discipline? I’ll argue that self-discipline is the better fuel.

Like any emotional state, passion waxes and wanes. Sometimes you’re highly motivated. Sometimes you aren’t. Passion has its peaks and valleys, so if you base your actions on your level of passion, your results will depend on your emotions. Feeling passionate? Great actions, great results. Feeling dispassionate? Weak actions, mediocre results.

Using passion as your only fuel will no more assure you of success than being in love will ensure a successful long-term relationship.

Self-discipline is far more important than passion, especially in business. In fact, if you develop the quality of self-discipline to a high degree, it will put passion to shame.

Self-discipline allows you take action and therefore get results no matter what your emotional state. Where passion is erratic, self-discipline provides steadiness and stability. And because your emotions aren’t in the way, your decisions are more likely to succeed because they’ll be made from a state of disciplined intellect rather than from emotional peaks and valleys.

Which would you bet on if your life depended on it?

If you wereto undergo open heart surgery, would you want a disciplined, dispassionate surgeon or an undisciplined, passionate one?
If you were being tried for murder, would you want a disciplined, dispassionate defense team or a an undisciplined, passionate one?
If you were flying in the Space Shuttle, would you want the ground controllers to be disciplined and dispassionate or undisciplined and passionate?

Passion is great, but it’s icing. It needs self-discipline to back it up.

Self-discipline is quieter though. Passion gets more attention these days becuase it makes more noise."

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