If we’re to achieve what we want to in life, we need to understand the importance of self-discipline. Unfortunately, the word “discipline” has negative connotations for many of us. Whilst having discipline is mostly seen as a good thing, being given it, isn’t! You can’t have it without being given it!
As we grow through childhood, we receive varying amounts of it, which teaches us parameters and respect. This results in our life being shaped, but it isn’t always done in a good way. Often, it’s used to instil fear and conformity, which gets results but can cause problems later in life.
As we get older and begin making our own decisions, if our discipline has been too harsh or too lax, it can cause problems. We may rebel against authority, may be unruly or even lazy and this may affect how we apply our own self-discipline.
Why Discipline is Important in Life
It is something that gives us stability and structure to how we live. Without it, there would be total chaos, making life near impossible to live. Therefore, if applied correctly, it brings respect and responsibility, that’s the importance of self-discipline.
You normally find that the most successful people demonstrate discipline all of the time. The entrepreneur, author and speaker Jim Rohn said, “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” Without self-discipline it is very difficult, if not near impossible, to reach our goals.
I’m sure you can find reasons why self-discipline has been important to you. One example for me was when I started training for a 10k charity run a few years ago. I had no interest in taking up running, I really didn’t want to do it, but I’d committed to run for the charity. Because of that commitment, I applied self-discipline and did the training. By sticking to it, I soon came to realize the power and control I had to do anything I wanted to, if I self-disciplined myself.
The Role of Self-Discipline
It’s one of the most important requirements to achieve our goals. It gives us self-control, which is very powerful. You may be seen as a little headstrong, but that’s ok, because you’ve given yourself the power to make decisions, stick to them and follow them through.
Now, you might think that this is all very well for strong-minded people, but what if you don’t see yourself that way? Well that’s where you need to start the process. You’re not strong-minded because you don’t think you are. You can be, if you want to be. There are probably areas in your life where you’re already practising it without realizing it.
Once you realize, as I did when I took up running, that by being disciplined in one area of your life, you can be, in any area of it that you want to be. It doesn’t mean you necessarily have to be tough on yourself, limit or restrict yourself. It’s more about self-control and drawing on your inner-strengths. This leads to getting even stronger, building confidence and creating a healthy mindset.
The Importance of Self-Discipline to Make Changes
If you’re working on making changes in your life, there are various techniques you can use. Each of them take hard work. Creative visualization, affirmations, meditation and contemplation to mention just a few, are not as easy as you may think.
Each of them might seem easy to do, but that’s usually when you’re just going through the motions. If you really want to achieve results, you need commitment and dedication. This means doing them religiously every day, it means doing them wholeheartedly, without question and still doing them when they don’t seem to be getting results. You know what that means? It means applying self-discipline.
Oh, it’s easy enough to start out with good intention, but it doesn’t usually take too long for it to start to wane and eventually peter-out. This is the point where you might think that it doesn’t work and was probably a waste of time. But what if you’d used self-discipline and I mean really used it and stuck at it? Do you think there might have been a better chance of success?
10 Points on Discipline
These are powerful ways to achieve self-discipline which are from motivationalgrid.com and the full article can be seen on their website.
- Stop making excuses
- Get rid of distractions
- Makes a start
- Begin with the hardest task
- Adopting new habits takes time
- Give yourself an incentive
- Schedule breaks
- Don’t beat yourself up if you slip
- Counteract your excuses
- Set yourself goals.
When you use your thought powers, it does take a certain amount of self-control. Use it to create the right mindset and you will eventually begin to see results. The importance of self-discipline cannot be understated when it comes to making positive changes in your life, it’s what will see you through.