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Why Self Discipline Is Important?

Updated on June 3, 2020
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An author of the book" Aggregate 50", a frequent traveler, nature lover and a financial executive.

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Introduction

Self-discipline is the power to say, this is what I want in my life and this is how I am going to get it and for this, if I have to give up some luxury or some other things, I will do it because it's worth it in the long run. This is just like doing a systematic investment for a secure future. We usually set a goal, and accordingly, we cut some of our expenditures and save money for a better future. By doing this, not only we are able to save our money but also earn extra cash in the form of interest.

Self Discipline Vs Motivation

If you pay close attention, you will observe that the pace or the progress when we do anything remains relatively the same throughout over a period of time. Many of us are exuberant and active at first, meaning that we completely absorb ourselves into what we are doing thanks to the excitement and curiosity, but then as time goes by, our enthusiasm shrinks gradually. Consequently the amount of time and effort we put in also diminishes. I always emphasize on discipline than motivation. Motivation comes when emotional waves are high and go when these waves are low. During low emotions, we skip the actions we intended to do. Self-discipline acts as a principal of your own school of thought. It assists you in choosing what to do and what not to do by controlling your mind. Money can’t buy you self-discipline, you have to earn it on your own. Self-discipline is the master key to unlock the doors of success.

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Is Self-discipline a Punishment?

Whenever someone speaks about self-discipline normally an image of strictness, long stretches, sacrifices, boring life, and self-denial comes into the mind. But what is the truth behind it? The truth is, these images are created by our own minds and negative perceptions. We are having so many brilliant artists, athletes, millionaires who are the product of self-discipline. Self-disciplined people are not boring they are always full of energy, they are successful. Discipline is the key to success. It is when you take the desired actions despite your mind and body are not willing to do.

The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable prerequisite for success. Maxwell Maltz

How We Can Develop Self-discipline?

  • Set a role model:

    Having a role model pushes us to make the most of our life. Role models can be anyone, it can be your successful parents, your siblings, your friends, anyone who is successful and you want to be one of them. Positive role models impact our actions and motivate us to strive to uncover our true potentials and overcome our weaknesses. We must set a standard to strive for or compare ourselves with that a role model can do. In order to endure the failure, we can draw inspiration from their life and try to implement in our chapters of life.

  • Know your power and drawbacks:

    Every single individual is blessed with their inner strength which is hidden somewhere inside them. Similarly, all of us are having our own weakness too, it is our responsibility to search, find, and work on it. Many people do not have a strong well-defined sense of purpose. They keep on wandering in the dark like these are people who change their jobs, relationships, start a project never finishes them, and never stick to anything in life. They just keep on searching and afraid of any sort of commitment, ironically they are connected to the failure.
  • Find a good mentor:

    Finding a mentor who can motivate and inspire you in the dark woods and shows you a way, clears your hazy mind, and gives you hope that, "if I can do it then why can't you".

  • Use your sensory vision:

    Sense what you want in life and how badly you want it. Create an imaginary picture in your mind. Your mind receives your commands when you put a strong visionary image inside your mind, your subconscious mind accepts it and starts working towards it.

  • Don't doubt your strength:

    Always be confident in whatever you are doing. Fix it in your mind that," I can do it".

  • Positive energy:

    Always hold the hands of positive energies, they are highly powerful. They help you to develop a gut level believe that you achieve your goals, no matter what comes on your way, you can grab it.

  • Plan and organize:

    Acquire proper knowledge, harness your skills, and execute with a proper plan and organization. Break your goals into smaller ones, plan a hierarchy, sketch stairs, and start walking towards it. If you are planning for a mountain, it will look huge to attempt so start with a small road first.

  • love what you do:

    If you are obsessed with your work, you get completely engrossed in it.9. Make patience as your best friend: Hours may convert into days, days may convert into years, you have to hug patience as tightly as possible because this is the thing which can lead you to develop strong self-discipline. You have to hold until you reach where you want to be.

  • Be persistent:

    Persistence and self-discipline are two faces of a single coin. Without one the other is worthless. Persistence is the ability to maintain the course of action even if you feel like quitting sometimes. It will never leave your hands if you are honest with it.


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Conclusion

Self-discipline helps in shortening the distance between wishful thinking and actually getting it. Wishful thinking is like doing a window shopping, drooling at looking at things without getting it. Self-discipline will help you to get it for you. Self-discipline is that hard rock that will remain strong even in dangerous cyclones.

It starts working for you from day one, only you need dedication and persistence to stick to it for your own benefit.


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    • hmkrishna profile image

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      4 weeks ago from South India

      For those who mind others and have a helping mentality would find a shortage of time. This mentality might result in lack of discipline amidst the rat race of the present-day world. To have self-discipline, one should learn to live a balanced life. Your article is an eye-opener to the reader and is motivating to develop discipline.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great idea for a hub without self-discipline I wouldn't have found my way through all times in Croatia. I love what I do and focus on happy events and everything that makes me smile.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      4 weeks ago from India

      Thanks Liz,I-am glad you liked it.

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      This is an interesting and thought provoking article.

    • Suchismita pradhan profile imageAUTHOR

      Suchismita Pradhan 

      4 weeks ago from India

      Thanks Eric,Yes relaxation is also a part of self discipline,you have to check a few things that is limiting you to get relax.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A good view on this subject. Sometimes I have to remember that it takes self discipline to relax.

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