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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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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Clearing Misunderstandings About Self Discipline

Following the previous post, “Why You Need Self Discipline”, I would like to clarify several points, since it seems that are some misunderstandings of what self discipline is. Some people believe that self discipline means being austere, severe and harsh on yourself and toward others. This is completely untrue! You can possess self discipline, and … Continue Reading…