Article written by Brian Tracy
Desire, Decision, Determination and Discipline
If you sincerely want to beat the odds, to achieve financial independence and retire wealthy, you must want it badly enough to make an unshakable commitment and to be willing to make sacrifices. You must make a decision right now to do whatever is necessary, to be willing to pay any price, go any distance, to achieve your goal. Practice Determination and Discipline, which is to keep at it until you succeed in spite of all the problems and obstacles you will experience. Lastly, the discipline to master yourself to develop the habits necessary for achieving financial independence. Those are the four Ds: Desire, Decision, Determination and Discipline.
You can measure how successful you're going to be in the future by measuring how well you're doing in each of those on a scale of one to ten. Resolve in advance that you will persist in the face of every setback or obstacle you face. You will never give up. You will keep on moving forward until you finally achieve your goal.