Self-Discipline and Willpower

Many of us have read this wonderful short and sweet speech by the former CEO of Coca Cola, Bryan Dyson.

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air.  They are Work, Family, Health and Spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air.

Bryan DysonYou will soon understand that work is a rubber ball.  If you drop it, it will bounce back.  But the other four Balls – Family, Health, Friends and Spirit – are made of glass.  If you drop one of these they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered.  They will never be the same.  You must understand that and strive for it.


Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time.  Give the required time to your family, friends & have proper rest.

I re-publish this because I know it too well that plenty of us set goals, but rarely we reach them. We need to be reminded. Many of our excuses simply due to lack of self-discipline and willpower. But in reality, none of us were born with self-discipline nor strong willpower, these two crucial skills take time to be developed through doing something that we are reluctant to do in overcoming the resistance of your body, mind and feelings.

  • Do you wish to go to the gym, knowing how wonderful you feel afterwards, but due to laziness, you prefer to stay home and play iPad instead?
  • How many times have you started to do something, only to quit afterward?

Now I’d want to know who considers himself/herself has the perfect balance of life?

For those who have made it right. Congratulations we salute you! 

Trilingual Career Coach & Recruiter with experience across Europe and Asia Pacific. She is also a speaker for workshops on resume writing, job searching tips, and interview techniques. She travels frequently but you can stay in touch with Eleanor via

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