The importance of Self – Discipline
Self-discipline is one of the most important and useful skills everyone should possess. This skill is essential in every area of life, and though most people acknowledge its importance, very few do something to strengthen it.
Contrary to common belief, self-discipline does not mean being harsh toward yourself or living a limited, restrictive lifestyle. Self-discipline means self-control, which is a sign of inner strength and control of yourself, your actions, and your reactions.
Self-discipline gives you the power to stick to your decisions and follow them through, without changing your mind, and is, therefore, one of the important requirements for achieving goals.
The possession of this skill enables you to persevere with your decisions and plans until you accomplish them. It also manifests as inner strength, helping you to overcome addictions, procrastination, and laziness, and to follow through with whatever you do.
One of its main characteristics is the ability to reject instant gratification and pleasure, in favor of some greater gain, which requires spending effort and time to get it.
Self-discipline is one of the important ingredients of success. It expresses itself in a variety of ways:
- The ability not to give up, despite failure and setbacks.
- The ability to resist distractions or temptations.
- Trying over and again, until you accomplish what you set out to do.
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Life puts challenges and problems on the path to success and achievement, and in order to rise above them, you have to act with perseverance and persistence, and this, of course, requires self-discipline.
The possession of this skill leads to self-confidence and self-esteem, and consequently, to happiness and satisfaction.
On the other hand, lack of self-discipline leads to failure, loss, health and relationships’ problems, obesity, and to other problems.
This skill is also useful for overcoming eating disorders, addictions, smoking, drinking, and negative habits. You also need it to make yourself sit and study, exercise your body, develop new skills, and for self-improvement, spiritual growth, and meditation.
As said earlier, most people acknowledge the importance and benefits of self-discipline, but very few take real steps to develop and strengthen it. However, you can strengthen this ability like any other skill.
But bad habits are easy to form, but hard to live with. Good habits are hard to form but easy to live with. As the saying goes, “Everything is hard before it’s easy.” It is hard to form the habits of self-discipline, self-mastery, and self-control, but once you have developed them, they become automatic and easy to practice. When the habits of self-discipline are firmly entrenched in your behavior, you start to feel uncomfortable when you are not behaving in a self-disciplined manner.
The best news is that all habits are learnable. You can learn any habit you need to learn in order to become the kind of person that you want to become. Every practice of self-discipline strengthens every other discipline. Unfortunately, every weakness in discipline weakens your other disciplines as well.
To develop the habit of self-discipline, you first make a firm decision about how you will behave in that particular area of activity. You then refuse to allow exceptions until the habit of self-discipline in that area is firmly established. Each time you slip, as you will, you resolve once again to keep practicing self-discipline until it becomes easier for you to behave in a disciplined way than to behave in an undisciplined way.
The most important word associated with discipline is sacrifice. The willingness to sacrifice and delay gratification is the crucial element to stay on track to achieve your goals. This requires that you deny yourself the easy pleasures, the temptations that lead so many people astray and instead discipline yourself to do only those things that you know are right for the long-term and appropriate for the moment.
But you must to remember this.
It takes time
If you are currently disorganized and lacking in focus, you are not going to be Jedi Master of Self – Discipline overnight. It is easy to self-control heart when you experience setbacks but keeps going. In fact, this is another situation where you can apply and practice your self – discipline. Have patience and if you experience a setback and find yourself slacking; acknowledge the position are found yourself in and get back on track.
Practice Practice Practice
Self-discipline is something which you can use in every area in life. There are ample opportunities each day to practice using your self – discipline. Seek out these opportunities each and every day to practice using your self – discipline. In time your self – discipline increases and benefits every area of your life.
Here are 6 element’s as to why discipline is important for you
Decision Making: Make A Healthy Decision
- Self-discipline – is a skill which brings clarity to our thinking. It makes it easier for us to understand how everything should work out. In return, it improves our capability to get healthy decisions. We realize our aim through clear visions of thoughts and we take the correct route at right time. Self-control and self-discipline work simultaneously for making decisions.
2. Time management through right balance
- Time management is a very important task in our lives. Everything we achieve, we do it by managing time in such a way that we perform best in our work. It maintains a right balance in our work and life. It coordinates with various factors of achieving success and self-discipline just forms a base to do so. The failure in managing time is because of lack of directions. The direction of our lives is dependent on how we spend our time. Time cannot be saved, it is perishable and irreplaceable. Once it is wasted, you can never retrieve it back. So spend it correctly and pay attention to things with high value in your life.
3. Apt Satisfaction Towards Life
Self-discipline gives an appropriate satisfaction towards our life. We often observe that some people are not satisfied in their lives, even if they are super rich and live in most luxurious apartments or have a big car. They are not satisfied and this makes them unhappy. Self-discipline can easily bring that long lost satisfaction in their lives. Self-control can make you happy as it manages conflicting goals. We then tend to avoid conflicting situations in our path to achieve our goals. In long terms, self-discipline is the best route for attaining gratification.
4. Be Responsible, Learn to Achieve it
Without certain rules and regulations, we sometimes don’t understand our limits. This kind of situation leads to very terrible results. We should become responsible as it promotes good behavior. We honor our own rhythm and consistently take corrective actions. Discipline and responsibility are some of the factors seen in leaders. Discipline is facing life face to face and act without haste. We should become responsible enough to move step by step in our course of actions. By honoring structure and function by acting responsibly we’ll just resolve confusions and it will help us to achieve success.
5. Brings Stability in Life
Self-discipline brings stability to our lives. It teaches us to be respectful and responsible. It enhances character traits such as obedience and patience. As told before, it brings clarity and makes our mind free so there is no possibility of confusion. This, in turn, maintains in clear perspective about things and keeps away the mental pressure, stress and thus, brings stability. Well defined rules are very essential to a society as people would do whatever they want, recklessly, which may cause harm. Hence to promote good behavior stability is very essential.
6. Pave your way to Success
As we have read self-discipline brings stability, clarity in thoughts, balance in our lives, brings out positivism, makes us responsible, brings out satisfaction, time management, keeps in check our drawbacks and we start making right decisions. This all paves way for us to succeed in our lives. With such traits, we start achieving more and more. We get motivated by our failures and start learning from them. Be on the right path, be grounded and success will find its way towards you. Winners always try to achieve success by inculcating these traits. Be a winner and not an idle person.
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