When it comes to achieving your goals, most people will likely tell you that motivation is the key. But unfortunately motivation is short lived. That's why it's more important to use discipline in your life. Motivation is defined as "having a strong reason to act or accomplish something". Whereas discipline is defined as an "activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill". Muhammad Ali was quoted as saying "I hated every minute of training, but I said, Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion". So even one of the greatest athletes of all time was never really motivated to train but it was his discipline to train that made him successful.
So if you use discipline to exercise or accomplish your goals your motivation to do them is irrelevant; you just get in and do it, no excuses. But how do you cultivate discipline? One method that can help is hypnotherapy. You can see a hypnotherapist such as myself to help you develop your self discipline or even listen to hypnosis MP3s from www.hypnosisdownloads.com regularly. It is my belief that it does take time to build discipline. But if you are willing to work on it you will always have the energy and commitment to succeed in life.
Other ways to cultivate discipline is to do something physically hard like Qigong, Martial Arts or Bikram Yoga. I can say on a personal level that my martial arts training has definitely given me discipline which I have applied to all areas of my life. And I would not be the man I am today without it.
However, discipline is nothing without a clear path in your mind about what you want. No amount of discipline will help you find a goal, but simply help you achieve it. Once you realise what you want to do, the consistency you receive from your discipline will allow everything to fall into place. We all have one thing that we wish we could accomplish. Do not let anything, or anyone, stand in the way of what you want to get out of life and take control of your decision making today.