By Remez Sasson
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 that self discipline is something difficult to attain and requires too much denials.
Negative mental programming and negative environment are also responsible for this lack.
Laziness and lack of enough inner strength prevent one from being more self disciplined. In this situation, one avoids doing things that require effort and persistence.
People prefer comfortable laziness, instead of actions that require effort. Laziness is comfortable, since it is pleasant and effortless, while self discipline requires effort.
Fear of failure is also a reason for lack of self discipline. It hold back initiative and being perseverant, and leads to lack of inner strength.
Temptations weaken self discipline. We are all subject to temptations in many forms every day. We are exposed to advertisements in newspapers, magazines and on TV, telling us to buy this or that. We see a huge array of products for sale in the supermarkets and in the shopping malls, and we are offered many ways to pass the time, such as TV programs, movies, restaurants, concerts, sports competitions and many other sorts of entertainment.
How can you ignore the beautifully arranged and tasty food at the supermarket, or resist watching a TV show, which offers a pleasant escape from daily life? Accepting and following all these pleasures indiscriminately, and without using common sense tend to weaken self discipline.
Lack of self-esteem is another factor that leads to lack of self discipline.
Lack of goals or purpose in life is also responsible for lack of self discipline and vice versa.
Procrastination is another reason of lack of self discipline.
Lack of willpower, motivation and ambition are also causes for lack of self discipline.
A weak state of health might also lead to weakness of this important ability.
These are just few of the reasons for lack of self discipline. This situation can be remedied, but few people know how. You can find more articles on this subject at this website, as well as a book with practical and proven techniques and exercises on how to overcome lack of self discipline.