Self Discipline for Success in Your Network Marketing Home Based Business

Self Discipline for Network Marketing Home Based Business OwnersSelf discipline has to be at the top of the key factors that determine our success in life, business, parenting, etc., but it’s also one of the hardest skills to develop.

I’m going to help you with that in over the next couple of days to show you some things that I have learned for improving self discipline in certain areas of my life, making learning self discipline easier and in come cases automatic.

But first I want to share with you the three areas of discipline that you must have to create success in your network marketing home based business.

I was reading the book Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins which you might recall I mentioned in the blog post I wrote a while back about The Hedgehog Concept in your business and he talks about the three key areas of discipline that all of the great companies he investigated had.  They hit me as three areas of self discipline that would help us as network marketing home based business owners as well, even though we’re running small independent businesses.

The three areas of self discipline that great businesses have in common are:

  1. Disciplined People
  2. Disciplined Thought
  3. Disciplined Action

When you stop to think about it disciplined people who have disciplined thought, and take disciplined action are the ideal business partners in network marketing.

People who are disciplined and internally motivated; not needing someone to motivate them every second to go work on their businesses.  People who are disciplined in their thoughts and don’t let negative thinking get in their way of success.  People who look for solutions instead of problems.  And people who take disciplined action in their businesses on a consistent basis.

So I encourage you to take a minute and think about these three areas of discipline.  How disciplined are you in these areas?  Do you need to work on becoming more disciplined in one, two, or all three areas?

Talking about self discipline is one thing but how do we go about developing or learning self discipline in our lives and home based buinesses?

I am SO not perfect in this and constantly practicing being disciplined in all three of these areas, but I’ve been practicing 3 different ways of learning self discipline skills by combining things that I have learned from various book and teachers.

My three step process to developing good business discipline is:

  1. Developing good habits that create discipline
  2. Making self discipline a game
  3. Creating systems and routines to make discipline easier

I’ll go into detail in each of these areas in my future post, as well as share with you some awesome free resources that may help you learn how to develop self discipline for your life and your network marketing home based business so you can reach your goals…so please stay tuned.

I would be tickled if you’d please share this post with your friends on twitter and Facebook, and I would be absolutely delighted if you would take a minute and leave a comment sharing how you go about developing or learning good self discipline strategies in your business and life.  You are on a do follow blog so you will get some link love from me when you leave your comment about self discipline.

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  1. Hello Heather,

    You are so right, self discipline is one of the most important characteristic that we need to have or to develop in order to attain success in this field or in any aspect of our lives, but it will take lots of practice, dedication and perseverance to do this. I am looking forward to your future post on this topic.

    All the best,


  2. Heather C Stephens says:

    Hi Ana,

    Thanks for your comment. I have some tips I’m posting tomorrow that will show you how to make self discipline developing something so much easier. Kind of the spoon-full-of-sugar approach. 🙂

    Hope you enjoy it,


  3. Hi Heather…
    Wow, great content & very timely subject!! Developing self discipline, in my mind, is a work in progress. When I become disciplined in all three of those areas (notice, I didn’t say “IF” I become, its “WHEN”)then I will feel like I have “arrived!” I will be eagerly awaiting “the rest of the story!”

    Warm regards,

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Karlene,

      Glad it was a timely subject for you. 🙂 I did notice your WHEN!

      I know you’ll get there, my friend. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming, swimming.


  4. Hey Heather,

    Having the discipline and the drive to succeed is a very, very important trait to have. In being disciplined ourselves at setting an example for others, we inspire others to be more disciplined too.

    So it’s a responsibility that we have to take on board ourselves. Wondering why someone in your team isn’t producing is never going help you grow. It’s when you focus on becoming better, others will follow your lead.

    Great post,

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Wayne,

      The pace of the leader is the pace of the pack, or something like that. 🙂

      I’m really focusing on self discipline these days and I’m finding that when I set standards for myself and hold myself to those, I see others around me doing the same. It’s exciting to me, the potential that holds.

      Thanks for your comment,


  5. Hi Heather, self-discipline is a state of mind! If your thinking is in order, you will do everything to ensure that you achieve what it is that you set out to do every day.

    Good self discipline comes about as a result of training yourself mentally – & forcing yourself to do the things you would rather not be doing!

    For example, I live in a small village where there any form of traffic police are non-existant. As a result, probably 70% of the villagers do NOT stop at stop-streets, they merely slow down & cross the intersection (I’m waiting for a serious collision soon!!)

    This illustrates to me a distinct lack of self discipline & I shudder to think what the other aspects of those people’s lives look like.

    Self discipline starts with you taking care of the basics!

    Stay inspired, Michael

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Michael,

      Mind your mind, as they say, and everything else will follow along. I find that by listening to positive self-talk type meditations really helps me and I can notice when it’s been a while since I listened to them.

      You bring up a good point about the stop signs in your village. How you do anything is how you do everything and I bet their lives are a struggle, not being disciplined enough to put the safety of themselves and others first.

      Great comment, thanks so much!

  6. Hi Heather,

    the power of self-discipline is awesome. It’s also about persistence, that we keep going no matter what and don’t lose focus on our goals. That doesn’t mean that we have to do all the work, we can lose focus by working, can’t we ?

    Through self-discipline and persistence, we are able to take ourselves seriously, an important prerequisite in order to be taken seriously by others.

    Thanks for sharing your insights and I’m looking forward to your future posts.

    Take care


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Oliver,

      You’re always bringing up a different viewpoint than the ones I had thought of when I wrote my post. I love it!

      You are right, we can lose focus by working. It’s important to stick our head’s up out of the water every now and again to make sure we’re still going in the right direction. 🙂

      Thanks for always helping me to see things a little differently!

  7. Well, I have just found your fabulous blog and is feeling perfectly “called out” by this post! The whole culture of blog etiquette is daunting so I appreciate your constructive reminders to us all to be polite and comment. I have truly enjoyed your thoughtful approach to each topic I have read so far. Thanks for your hard work!

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Barbara,

      Thanks for your sweet comment. I’m thankful that you stopped by to say Hi.


  8. Hi Heather,

    I haven’t read that book, but I did add it to my Amazon shopping list. It sounds like a good one.

    Without discipline it’s just too easy to get distracted, lose focus and lose traction. No good.

    I’m looking forward to your next post on this.


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Susanna!

      I ended up picking the Good to Great book up at the library and I also go the book on cd so I could listen to parts of it when I’m doing other things. So far it’s very interesting and I’m enjoying it very much.

      Thanks for your comment!

  9. Hey Heather..

    “Creating systems and routines to make discipline easier” – this is something I’ve been doing a lot lately. I’m trying to follow a routine so that I know what to do and when to do it. This helps with getting stuff done too.

    I should’ve added this to my 11 tips post.. :0)
    thanks for sharing
    talk soon

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Hector!

      Your 11 tips were fantastic! I’m thankful you shared them…I cleaned my desk this weekend because of your inspiration. 🙂

      I do know for myself that I struggle wanting to resist routines…it’s my inner rebellious kid wanting to win, but when I stick with a routine, I find myself so much more productive. (And in the long run, much happier!)

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts,

  10. Hey Heather,

    This is one area that I have to constantly remind myself. Stay focus…Stay focus…Stay focus!!!

    With my new business things are taking off way faster than I anticipated. I’m in the process of creating a system right now. Thanks for putting this post out!

    Chat with you later…

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hey Josh,

      “Hocus pocus, the magic is in the focus!” Right?

      I’m excited for you that things are rocking in your business. It’s a fun feeling to see success happening!

      Good luck on your system creation.


  11. Great post, some useful tips. And yes stay focused is pretty hard.. I found that doing 3 things that You don’t like, every day, really help to improve discipline at the beginning stages!

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Doing three things that you don’t really like to do, on a daily basis would definitely help me improve my self discipline. 🙂

  12. Great post Heather – follow your passion is great advice and the source of most fulfillment. Thanks for the share.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Ylva,

      Thanks for your comment. Follow your passion certainly is a recipe for enjoyment of what we’re doing.

      Have a great day,

  13. I just found your site today and can’t wait to start digging in deeper. I sometimes have a difficult time getting everything prioritized the right way. Developing a routine is something I’m in the process of working out. I’m really looking forward to seeing how your information can help me get there quicker! Thanks!

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Kelly,

      Routines are a huge factor for me in my productivity and success and I hope that what I’ve shared have helped you too. has been a big help to me as I’ve applied the things she teaches to my home and adapted them for my business.

      Hope this helps! Thanks for commenting!

  14. Heather

    Discipline is critical in success of anything actually. Too often people let life get in the way of our full potential. The area I have to work the hardest on is staying focused on a task at hand. Thanks for sharing your post.

    Be well and Happy Holidays.

  15. If we want to discipline others, be a self starter. We need to discipline first ourselves as a role model and from that I know everything you have learned you will be able to impart in a right way. Yes, Discipline is also like leadership, a role model in the home, business, work. Self discipline. A good leader, a good follower. thanks for your post.. I’m also giving my point of view.. i hope it helps.. thanks


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