10 Steps to Develop Self-Discipline: Part 1

If you were to look into the lifestyle and habits of several successful individuals, you would find a common thread woven into each of their lives. What is it? It’s self-discipline. If you’re having trouble carrying out your decisions, following through on your plans or even controlling your feelings you most likely need to develop self-discipline.

In this episode of Life Without Limits TV, we’re going to look at this subject of self-discipline and how not having it can impact your life, kill your dreams and limit or hinder you from succeeding in life. But that’s not all, in part 2, we’re going to look at how to become more self-disciplined and how having self-discipline will help you achieve your goals, live your dreams and succeed in life.

With self-discipline most anything is possible. – Theodore Roosevelt


The Meaning of Self-Discipline

When you think of self-discipline, what do you think of? If someone is telling you to be more self-disciplined how does that make you feel? For many people, self-discipline seems to be some special ability given to only a special group of people. They see self-discipline as elusive and requiring a lot of effort, so much so, that most people simply give up trying to have more self-disciplined.

Self-discipline can be defined as:

  • 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
  • the ability to carry out one’s decisions and plans, in spite of inconvenience, hardships or obstacles
  • ability to delay a current short term benefit for the sake of a more important future benefit

Some alternate words:

  • Self-control
  • Willpower

Keep in mind, self-discipline should not be seen:

  • as a set of restrictions you must live by
  • as a virtue that is difficult to attain
  • as having to give up or sacrifice something

Rather, self-discipline is:

  • an inner strength and internal power
  • it’s an innate ability that we all have and just simply needs to be developed

The Impact of Lacking Self-Discipline

  1. Minimum chance for personal growth & development
  2. Formation of bad habits
  3. No self-confidence
  4. Procrastination
  5. Loss of focus
  6. Lack of personal awareness and power

Next week, we’ll continue our look into how to develop self discipline by knowing some of the benefits self-discipline offers.