Improve Job Performance with Self-Discipline

It takes self-discipline to improve job performance. We’re talking about positive discipline that enables you to outperform your competition. It’s the negative self-discipline you were raised with that might turn you off to the idea of applying any discipline of all. The negative discipline you experienced was punishment

While the dictionary lists “punishment” as one of the definitions of discipline, Webster also offers two other meanings that show how you can improve job performance: “Training that corrects, moulds, or perfects.” And “self control.”

You’re on the road to success at work when you recognize the discipline of training yourself to network for a new job or prospecting for new clients will give you self-control over your job, job search, or sales territory. Control is a big issue with most people. Self-discipline is the best way for you to have and maintain control.

Without discipline, you wouldn’t have learned how to ride a bicycle. It took self-discipline to keep wiping away your tears and climbing back on each time you fell off.

 How to unlock the door of accomplishment through discipline

 Discipline comes from practicing your tasks correctly over and over again. Getting it right gives you peace of mind.  As a result, you make your boss, clients, and prospective employers happy. That’s because they’re impressed and influenced by the professional demeanor you’ve gained through self-control by training yourself.

 Why self-discipline is the key ingredient in landing a job or making a sale

Tactics used in self-marketing and marketing a product or service are practically the same. Lead generation and networking are the key ingredients for both. It’s important to recognize that you won’t be motivated to do the tasks required to succeed unless without self-discipline.

You’re on the road to success when you decide to make the calls to personal contacts, executive recruiters, prospective employers, or customers for your product or service. You’re playing the numbers in your job search or sales efforts.

Regardless of how you look at it, your performance in any endeavor improves when you use a little elf-discipline.

You can read many 60-second coaching vignettes about how to apply self-discipline in your search and life throughout my book Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. Order through 

Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place



About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.