Love Your Heart, Rebuild Your Spirit

How is self-discipline connected to long-lasting success?

In our daily lives, we come across so many motivational quotes, podcasts, or lectures that motivate us to perform better but their effect diminishes within hours or days. Why is that so? Because the driving force that empowers us to continually work towards our goals isn’t something external but our internal commitment that keeps us moving even when we do not want to do it. That inner motivation, commitment to cause, and our responsibility towards our success is called self-discipline.

Self-discipline, in simple words, is disciplining oneself for an enduring success. It is about aligning one’s thoughts, actions, and patterns of behaviors according to the practices that ensure optimal outcomes. It is essential to achieve intended results in any or every area of life whether it is about acing an exam, achieving a fitness goal, or quitting a bad habit. It allows us to stay focused on our goals and make efforts for our accomplishments.

Self-discipline is a quintessential trait of elite performers and top personalities. It has been considered a better predictor of one’s academic success than one’s IQ level. Self-discipline is the victory that ensures all other victories. As Plato says, “The first and best victory is to conquer self.” Here, the question arises, how you can develop long-lasting self-discipline? Is it about restraining oneself for doing against one’s will?

Well, initially, it is about restraining oneself but gradually it becomes happening subconsciously. The best part is that once self-discipline is achieved, meeting one’s goals doesn’t seem scary. Rather quitting or procrastinating becomes harder. With a disciplined self, you make wise choices for your future self. It allows you to create better habits that push you closer to your life ambition. Self-discipline works as the inner force that lets you act without an external push. In other words, it allows you to cultivate a good work ethic where you define clear goals, make sub-goals and actionable plans, specify daily tasks with clear deadlines and fulfill them happily. Yes, procrastination tries to kick in, but your disciplined self does not let it settle nor to any other self-sabotaging habit that can adversely affect your performance.

As for its development, self-discipline is learned through training one’s mind for prioritizing long-term benefits over short-term comforts. It is about reprogramming one’s neural connections that can withstand self-control with fewer efforts. For example, it is about adding healthy foods to one’s diet for better health, performance, and longevity. It is about maintaining an exercise schedule so the risk of diseases and their complications can be averted. It is about embracing discomfort to adapt to the change for a better new self. In short, it is about organizing one’s schedule for better long-term gains. And it starts with changing one’s daily routine to replace unhealthy patterns with little habits of productivity on a regular basis.

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.” -- Jim Rohn

In conclusion, it can be said that self-discipline is the key to unlock your greater self that ensures remarkable outcomes in all areas of your life. Though demanding but with continually practicing an outcome-oriented behavior, self-discipline can be exhibited and the fruits it bears can be enjoyed. As the Theodore Roosevelt says, “With self-discipline most anything is possible.”  


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