How to Use Self-Discipline to Win at Life
By Chris Savage // Reliable Strategies
What is Self Discipline?
Self discipline is the ability to overcome your weakness and temptation to quit while in pursuit of a worthy endeavour.
Self discipline is doing what you know you need to do even when you don't feel like doing it.
Persevering through discomfort. Pushing through obstacles.
When you have self discipline you have more control over your self and your life.
Building strong self discipline is easier when you have a good reason for doing something.
Having a big enough 'why' keeps you on the path to your ultimate purpose.
5 Signs of Self Discipline
1. Focusing on Your Passion
People who apply self discipline to their goals are fired up about what they do.
Their passion gives them the motivation to work through the tedium and monotony.
How can you maintain self discipline when you have little or no interest in your outcome?
Do something that matters to you.
2. Taking a Longer Term View
They know that real success takes time and doesn’t happen overnight.
What they are working towards is important enough that they stick with it until they get what they want.
They don’t pack up and go home when their goals don't manifest after five minutes.
3. A Willingness to Sacrifice
If something or someone is distracting them from their goal they won't hesitate to cut it out of their life. Fast.
Sometimes this is a tough decision.
But you'll know how serious you are about having something by what you're willing to sacrifice to get it.
4. Facing Your Fears
A self disciplined person gets enormous satisfaction when they complete a difficult task.
It's naive and juvenile to expect everything to come easy. The things that challenge you give you the best results long term.
The self disciplined winner knows this and tackles it head on.
They know it's in their own best interest to do so.
They also like the challenge. They thrive on it.
5. Taking Action
Self disciplined people don’t waste time wishing and waiting for things to ‘manifest’.
Pragmatic in thought and action, they don’t wait.
They figure out the best strategy and take action. They go and get it.
Why You Need Self-Discipline
Without self discipline you'll get nowhere in your life.
You won’t stick at anything long enough to see your work come to fruition.
The bigger and more audacious your goals the more self discipline you need to have.
You don’t have to be the most talented or intelligent person, though it helps.
If you have a clear goal and enough self discipline to stick with something until you have it, nothing will stop you.
You can live life on your own terms. You will get what you want.
How to Have More Self-Discipline
1. Know Your Weak Points
Understand your strengths and weaknesses. Know your sticking points.
Identify the areas you need to work on to make yourself a more effective person.
Observe your behavioural patterns.
What areas of your life do you lack discipline?
Work on fixing that area of your life first.
2. Quitting is Not and Option
Don’t give yourself an exit option.
Once you decide to do it, do not stop until you've done it.
Pivot your strategy along the way if you need to.
But submitting to the temptation to quit is unacceptable and not an option.
3. Set Goals and Make a Plan
Maintaining discipline is a lot easier when you know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you intend to get it.
Remove as much conscious thought from the process as possible.
Decide what you want. Set your goal. Sketch out a plan to get it. Execute.
Take action on your plan making any necessary changes along the way.
4. Check Your Habits
Develop empowering habits. Make sure they're in line with who you want to be and what you want to have.
Discard what doesn't serve you anymore.
If your habits have positive leverage you’re more likely to stick with them.
Only invest your time doing things you care about.
Delete everything else from your life.
5. Keep it Simple
Success isn't complicated. Don’t make it complex. It's not necessary.
The simplest route to a goal is usually the best one to take.
Don’t waste time and energy trying to look good or sound smart.
Invest that same time and energy in getting it done in the most efficient way you can.
6. Eat Well, Live Well
Good food fuels your mind and body with energy you then reinvest into your important projects.
Healthy people are mentally and physically strong.
Living in a thriving state of health keeps you focused and disciplined when you most need it.
7. Don't Make a Big Deal About it
Don’t make your goal and the discipline needed to achieve it so important that you price yourself out of the game.
Instead, focus on the process. You’re capable of a lot more than you think.
People right now have already achieved what you're trying to achieve.
They already have it, so it’s possible to have it.
You're a human being with a functional brain.
If they can do it so can you.
You only need to apply your self discipline to make it happen.
8. Reinvent Your Self
See yourself as a self disciplined person.
If you’ve quit in the past it doesn’t matter now. Use that to your advantage.
You now know what to look out for.
When your self discipline wanes, or you procrastinate or want to quit, recognise that and avoid it.
9. Make it Fun
Some people associate self discipline with difficulty and as something to avoid.
Many of the tasks you need to perform to have your goals will be boring or monotonous.
Those are the times you need self discipline the most.
It's not always going to be enjoyable, but make it as fun as you can.
When you enjoy what you're doing you’ll stick with it, spend more time doing it, and your success will come faster.
Best Quotes About Self- Discipline
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore,is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
"With self discipline almost anything is possible." - Theodore Roosevelt
"We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort." - Jesse Owens
"I think self-discipline is something, it's like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets." - Daniel Goldstein
"Self-discipline is what separates the winners and the losers." - Thomas Peterffy