What is Self-Discipline? Definitions

Self-discipline appears in various forms, such as perseverance, restraint, endurance, thinking before acting, finishing what you start doing, and as the ability to carry out one’s decisions and plans, in spite of inconvenience, hardships or obstacles. Self-discipline also means self-control, the ability to avoid unhealthy excess of anything that could lead to negative consequences. One … Continue Reading…

Do You Need Self-Discipline to Achieve Success?

Everyone wants to achieve success, however,most people just wish they were successful and do nothing about it. Others try doing one thing or another, but quit after a while, either because they don’t want to invest time and effort, are afraid of the competition, don’t get immediate results, or because they are afraid of failure.

Usually, only a small percentage act, persevere and does not give up.

Why some people achieve success? They achieve success because they possess self-discipline, among other things. This ability helps them to avoid wasting their day doing things that gets them nowhere. They are able to avoid doing things that waste their time, such as spending hours on Facebook or sitting hours in front of the television.

You need self-discipline to achieve success

Self-discipline equals perseverance, one of the most important qualities you need for achieving success.

Speaking of success, I don’t mean just financial success or status, but also success in many other areas besides career and job. Success can manifest in studies, in learning a foreign language, learning a new skill, losing weight, managing your time more efficiently, or changing some of your habits.

There are people who are appalled by the word self discipline. They associate it with self-denial, limitation, pain, scarcity and lack. This is a completely wrong assumption!

You use self discipline not to deny yourself and inflict pain on yourself, but for manifesting inner strength, for avoiding the distractions around you that take away your attention from your goal, and for sticking to what you want to do until you do it.

Look at the people around you, who succeed in carrying out their decisions, doing efficiently their chores and tasks, and achieving their plans and goals. They all possess perseverance, and perseverance is part of self-discipline.

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Learn How to Say No

I am in the middle of several projects

  • Let people know when you have accepted other responsibilities
  • No need to make excuses if you don’t have any free time
  • No one will fault you for having already filled your plate

I am not comfortable with that

  • You might be uncomfortable with any of a number of issues
  • The people involved, the type of work, the morale implications, etc.
  • This is a very respectful way to avoid a sticky situation

I am not taking on any new responsibilities

  • You aren’t saying that you will never help out again
  • Lust that you feel your schedule is as full as you would like now
  • Understanding your limits is a talent to be expected

I am not the most qualified person for the job

  • If you don’t feel that you have adequate skills, that’s okay
  • It’s better to admit your limitations up front
  • The best way to avoid feeling overwhelmed down the road

I do not enjoy that kind of work

  • Life isn’t about drudgery — if you don’t enjoy it, why do it?
  • Don’t be afraid to let someone know you just don’t want to
  • Someone else is bound to enjoy the work you don’t

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Developing Inner Strength While Crossing the Street

What do you do when you are walking on the pavement and wish to cross a small and narrow street, where there are no vehicles, but the light is red at the pedestrian’s crossing?

What do you if all the pedestrians are crossing the street, not heeding the traffic lights? Do you cross the street too, while the light is red, because everyone else is doing so?

Suppose you see all the people are crossing the street, but you stop and say, “I don’t care what they are doing, I am going to wait until the light changes.” You will most probably feel awkward and think that people are laughing at you or ridiculing you, because you are waiting for the light to change. You don’t want to attract undue attention and you don’t want everyone looking at you.

Do you know that you can use this situation to your advantage? You can use this situation to develop inner strength, courage, and decisiveness.

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Lack of Self Discipline

Self discipline is one of the most important requirements for achieving success, but too often, there is lack of self discipline. A few of the reasons responsible for lack of self discipline: People are not born with self discipline; they need to develop it, but they don’t know how to do so. The erroneous notion … Continue Reading…

How to Increase Willpower

The word willpower is often associated with losing weight, quitting smoking, bodybuilding, or studying. However, it is an important skill, which necessary is in all walks of life, such as in sports, achieving goals, self improvement and in meditation. It is a skill well worth developing. It is said that the imagination is stronger than … Continue Reading…

Clarifying Misunderstandings About Willpower

By Remez Sasson

I have read articles about willpower that describe it as a sort of temporary burst or spurt of desire or motivation. I have also found articles that discredit and reject it as a myth or nonsense. I disagree with these description and definitions, because willpower as I know it, is something completely different.

Sometimes, due to anger, dissatisfaction or some other emotion one manifests some degree of willpower, and then he is temporarily capable to do things that ordinarily he does not or cannot do. True willpower is something different. You cannot rely for inner strength on temporary flashes of emotion or motivation. You need something more permanent and reliable, which you can count on in times of need.

This power has nothing to do with clenching your fists, holding your breath and straining your body. It is not a physical power, but an inner power. When well developed, it can turn into a habit, and be manifested whenever required for any length of time.

Willpower is an ability, a skill that can be developed and strengthened like any other skill. It is like learning to speak a foreign language, and then being able to speak it whenever you need it. It is like exercising your body, which then makes you healthier and stronger and able to do things that require physical strength.

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Quotes on Determination

Determination is a great asset we all need to better our life. It is the tool we can use to defeat discouragement, laziness and procrastination, and is the companion of persistence, willpower and self disciple. It is the inner strength that keeps us on the track toward our goals. Quotes on determination Here are few … Continue Reading…

Developing Self Confidence and Inner Strength

Self-confidence is freedom from doubt, faith in yourself and in your abilities, self esteem, and the inner conviction that you can go through any task or action. It is the mark of inner strength.

Developing self confidence is a must, if you wish to succeed in life. You can develop self confidence by developing concentration power, willpower and self discipline. You can also develop it by doing small things in your day-to-day life that strengthen it, such as making a small decision about any matter and following it, overcoming laziness, or trying to talk with someone that you feel a little shy of facing.

Self confidence is affected by how you think and believe people see you. The matter is that you are not inside their heads, so you don’t really know what they are thinking of you. If you have low self-esteem, you would probably believe and feel that they don’t have a high opinion of you, which will of course undermine your self confidence.

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