The Blues have won 16 of 18 Premier League games since successive losses to Liverpool and at Arsenal in September prompted Conte to change to a 3-4-3 formation.
Chelsea finished 10th in defence of the title last term, but are now runaway leaders once again.
“We drew with Swansea and then defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal were acceptable by Chelsea’s standards at the time – we need to compare it with the previous season, when Chelsea finished 10th, as we started off with roughly the same players and it’s not like all of a sudden you can transform from an ugly ducking into a swan," Conte said.
Antonio Conte has revealed the secret behind Chelsea's success
Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-1 on Sunday to move nine points clear at the top
Chelsea stars meet Will Ferrell after beating Arsenal
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Chelsea stars met Will Ferrell after beating Arsenal at Stamford Bridge
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Will Ferrell poses with Marcos Alonso and Pedro
“I’m not a coach who compromises and with my blind faith in the work we’re doing and in my ideas, I’ve been able to forge straight ahead without worrying about anyone else.
“In those moments I just kept believing in my work. I thought, ‘If I have to die, at least I will die true to my own ideas’.
“That’s why I was so strict in all senses and never looked for compromises – despite the fact that usually, when you arrive at a new club, you do try to find a balance between old and new – because I am not a coach who can work like that. I never accept compromises.”
After being anointed champions by Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger of Arsenal, Conte urged caution.
Chelsea have won 16 of their last 18 games since a 3-0 hammering to Arsenal
But his relentless appetite for victory appears to be a warning for the rest of the Premier League.
Chelsea appear to have a favourable run of fixtures in the near future, against Burnley, Swansea, West Ham, Watford, Stoke and Crystal Palace before a home match with City.
He said: “My experiences as a player taught me that you will win a lot and lose a lot too and that instilled in me a fierce will to win. Those who are out in front must not falter. It sends a message to those who are following, an increasingly loud message, that we must make the most of this period.
“Today when they talk about Chelsea as having already won the title I say, ‘Not yet’. We still have 14 games to go and plenty of work to do. There are no easy games in the Premier League, because this is a league where anything is possible.”