Self-discipline is one of the most important and useful skills everyone should possess.
The most simple definition of Self-discipline is;
Self-discipline is the ability to do what you should do, when should you do it, whether you feel like it or not.Elbert Hubbard
Doing the work even if you don’t feel like it. Deciding to do what is needed to be successful rather than doing what is more fun and giving temporary pleasure is self-discipline. In fact, your decision to read this article rather than scrolling any social media site is making you self-disciplined and will help you in the long run. Now we have a little understanding of what is discipline. A question arises.
Why Self-Discipline is Important
It is not hard to understand the importance of skills like self-discipline.
A legend in the field of success, Kop Kopmeyer had written four best-selling books. Each of which contains 250 success principles that he had driven from more than fifty years of research and study. He was once asked a question, “Of all the 1000 success principles that you have discovered, which do you think is the most important?
He went on to say, “There are 999 other success principles that I have found in my reading and experience, but without self-discipline, none of them work. With discipline, They all work.”
This is the key to success and personal greatness. It is that magical skill that makes all other skills easy for you. In your personal development journey, self-discipline must be the most essential and first skill you learn.
Self-Discipline comes before every other principle to be successful. Look it this way, you got a formula to become a millionaire in just a year, it’s very short and easy and you know what to do but it’s boring. You are not disciplined and you spend your most of day doing things that are providing temporary pleasure rather than boring work or not focusing on it as much. You will never become a millionaire despite the formula.
Discipline gives you the power to achieve your goals.
Self-discipline motivates you to stick to the procedure when you don’t see results.
Benefits of Self-Discipline
Motivation and Self-Discipline
Just as an example, let’s assume you wanna join a gym and do a workout. You saw someone’s success in the gym and you started gym. You got motivated by him. But in some weeks, When you didn’t see the results of your workout as in “someone” you got motivated from. You lost motivation and started going to the gym less and less. In some time, you only started to go whenever something motivates you. As motivation ends, you stop doing it again. Eventually, you quit.
You need a continuous source of motivation to do workouts.
If you are self-disciplined and you know working out will show results in a year. You will be disciplined to do workouts daily no matter if you are seeing results or not. Remember the definition “Self-discipline is the ability to do what you should do, when should you do it, whether you feel like it or not.” You will not be motivated daily to do a workout but discipline will keep you motivated for long-term results and you will do a workout even if you don’t feel like it.
If you continue to be self-disciplined. Garrented, you will see dramatic changes in your body in a year.
Character and Self-Esteem
When you are being self-disciplined you know what to do and what not to do whenever it comes to take a decision between good and bad (good and bad depends upon your values). Every well-taken decision Builds your character. Your character right now is a result of decisions you took in past. If you take the decision to go toward temporary pleasures rather than delayed gratifications you won’t possess a desired character in the future.
If you will be self-disciplined and know your values. You will take decisions according to your values (which should not be a useless temporary pleasure). Every decision taken by you toward discipline according to your values will grow your character.
If you are being self-disciplined and take decisions according to values you cherish. You will feel good about yourself and you will look toward yourself as a better person. Your self-image will grow and your self-esteem will grow with it.
Happiness and Self-Discipline
Reading previous points makes it seem like self-discipline is all strictness and sticking to rules. You are healthy and high achieving, but does self-discipline makes you happy?
Yes, it does! A study in 2013 shows that self-discipline contributes to happiness through dealing with motivational conflicts.
This means when comes to making a decision between temporary satisfaction and delayed gratification, people with higher self-discipline choose the latter and are happier with it. They give high priority to their values and avoid running after momentary satisfaction.
This implies that self-discipline helps us find a healthy balance between delayed gratifications and momentary pleasures. Long-term happiness can be hard and draining sometimes.
It is easy to make promises and resolutions, but working and achieving those is a very different story. Here self-discipline comes into play. It gets you through tough times where you don’t see any motivation and it makes you successful and happier too.
Like other good things, discipline is hard in the start but stay determined because it just gets easier with time. So why not make a habit out of this?
Most of the knowledge in this article is taken from “Brian Tracy“s book “No Excuses“.
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