Discipline is more than sheer force of will. Willpower can drive you through tough moments, but it isn't sustainable in the long run. The trick is to make discipline a habit, and that comes from staying focused on specific goals, with your eye clearly on the prize of what you want to achieve. Each small victory inspires, motivates and builds the habit of discipline that will drive your long-term success.
Michael Byrnes, StrategyPal founder
Too many of us falter, here, because we doubt our own uniqueness. But as individuals and as companies, everyone is different and, therefore, everyone manifests their own individual strengths and weaknesses. Putting energy where you are weakest can be counterproductive. Instead, invest serious time and intellect in discovering your greatest strengths; when you're already ahead of the pack in some area - however small - you can leverage that advantage to create a real competitive edge.
Difference for its own sake is useful in brainstorming and creative thinking. Letting new ideas in, without judgement, is a great source of innovation. But in strategic planning, the key is choosing those 'different' ideas that have the greatest potential to make you stand out from your competitors that makes all the difference.
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