What is self-discipline? Self-discipline is “the ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it.”
Behind every great achievement in anyone’s life lies self-discipline. We see this in every human endeavour. Be it in the field of sports, business, academics, and any other human venture.
In the field of sports, for example, we see that many great sportsmen and women spend an awful lot of time practicing.
They adhere to strict programs that many ordinary people easily give up. They make a lot of sacrifices that many of us are not willing to make.
These sportsmen and women are so disciplined that even when the body is not willing they go for practice anyway.
This is also true for people in the business world and the music industry. We only see what they have achieved but when we go behind the scenes only then, do we get to appreciate how disciplined and the many sacrifices they have made to achieve their success.
Whatever, your definition for success is, perhaps the single most important principle is self-discipline without which you cannot achieve your success.
You can have all the best plans and might even be the most talented in your field of expertise, but without the discipline to do what you have to do when you have to do it, you will not be successful.
The single most reason why we fail is a lack of self-discipline. If you look carefully at the periods of failure in your life, you will see that on almost every occasion when you failed it was due to a lack of self-discipline.
Hence, both in the areas of success through self-discipline and the lack of success through lack of self-discipline.
We lack the self-discipline to work up early in the morning to exercise or prepare ourselves for the day. Most of us want to do things when we feel like, and not when it has to be done.
We fail because we postpone doing the things that have to be done now, to a later time. We want to do the easier things and not the difficult things that matter the most.
It Brings Out the Best in You
Self-discipline allows you to be the best version of yourself. It brings sanity into your life. You are more focused on achieving your goals.
Self-discipline is like a muscle, the more you practice, the better and stronger you become. Lack of self-discipline can also cause low self-esteem.
You will agree with me that those who, are considered more disciplined are better individuals than those who are not. They live a much more focused life than individuals who are not. In other words, they are go-getters.
When you know what you want to do with your life, and are armed with self-discipline, nothing can stop you from achieving your goals, you will fly high like an eagle.
You will be more focused on doing the right things that will give you long-lasting results. You will concentrate on getting things done correctly and not cutting corners because you know that lasting success cannot be achieved with shortcuts. Those who achieve success cutting corners enjoy short-lived success.
Have you ever wondered why many people who win the lottery go broke after a few months or years? Winning a lottery is cutting corners to financial freedom.
Most of the time they have no idea what to do with the winnings, hence they just spend it on lavish materials. Before they realise it the money is all gone and they are back to square one. As the saying goes easy comes easy goes.
Self Discipline Helps Create Habits
“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” – Frank Outlaw.
“We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit.” – ARISTOTLE.
Your character is a summation of your habits. If you are of good character it simply means you have good habits, consequently, if your character is bad then you have bad habits.
Our character is basically judged by the habits that we form. We must then be conscious of our thoughts and control our actions.
Continuous practice or application of self-discipline helps to build habits that translate into character.
Usually, those who are considered to be of good character are synonymous with self-discipline.
Successful people are disciplined to work hard and stay consistent, and hard work becomes a habit that attracts success in their lives.
It Boosts Your Self Esteem
Success comes to those who believe in themselves. Those who are willing to pay the full price for success and it takes self-discipline to achieve.
Self-discipline helps to boost your self-esteem and work habits. When you feel good about yourself because you are achieving or meeting your goals your self-esteem goes up. The more you feel good about yourself the more productive you are.
Through self-discipline, you nurture your path and navigate through life with much ease, and in this way, your self-esteem is increased.
Having higher self-esteem can go a long way in helping to achieve your goals. I find it very important that I keep a higher self-esteem by celebrating the small goals I achieve on a daily basis. This motivates me to even work harder for greater accomplishments.
Having positive self-esteem helps to get your priorities and needs in balance. It also just feels good to have positive self-esteem. It means you appreciate your being.
If you feel that you have low self-esteem find ways of improving it.
It Enhances Your Personality
Self-discipline enhances your personality. When you are disciplined you do things in a systematic and orderly manner. You plan your tasks and align them with your overall objectives. This means that you will be more productive with your time and effectively achieve a lot.
The value of self-discipline cannot be over-emphasised. Discipline is the key to your success. Without discipline, it is very difficult to achieve your ultimate goals.