All successful people reiterate the fact that “self-discipline is the key to success in life.” We often hear them say they wouldn’t have got far without self-discipline, no matter how much natural talent they may have. However, the question remains; what happens when you take up self-discipline? And why is self-discipline so crucial for success in life?
Self-discipline enables you to turn into an unstoppable bundle of energy, so you can achieve even your most demanding goals. If you wish to become successful in life and reach new heights, the starting point is to discipline yourself. It’s painful to hear, but hard work and true grit is the only real way to get there.
Here are some prime reasons why self-discipline is so crucial for success.
1. Self-discipline shapes good habits
We all know that we are a result of our social conditioning. Depending on what practices you have, your habits can either make you or break you. The path to creating good habits is through self-discipline. Being lazy is your biggest enemy in building good habits. Although when you think about it, laziness itself is a habit – a bad habit.
Widespread research says it takes 21 days to form a habit, but a researcher at University College London believes it’s more like 66 days. Successful people work hard to discipline themselves and stay consistent with it. This gradually turns into an automatic action and attracts success in life.
2. Self-discipline helps you get things done
Whether you want to finish reading a book or complete a task within a timeline, self-discipline needs to back up your practice. In short: things get done when you have more self-discipline. As you keep ticking off the tasks on your to-do list, your personality gets shaped and this trait then leads you to become a high achiever in life.
3. Self-discipline helps you focus
In this world of distractions, self-discipline is the core tool that will get you by. It helps you to focus better and stick to the work that you want to get done. With your focus on the goal, you will complete everything in a smaller time frame – freeing up your time for some much-needed leisure. This sharp laser-like focus is a characteristic of high-achieving people. What they do is look forward to their goals and objectives, with success always at the forefront of their minds.
4. Self-discipline boosts self-esteem and work ethic
Success materializes when you believe in yourself and your hard work. Self-discipline also helps to boost your self-esteem, which then impacts your work ethic and allows you to carry on consistently. As you discipline yourself, you are also improving your work-ethic. This then leads you to achieve your objectives and goals, boosting your confidence in the process. It’s the kind of positive cycle you want to be stuck in.
“Self-discipline is a form of freedom. Freedom from laziness and lethargy, freedom from the expectations and demands of others, freedom from weakness and fear – and doubt. Self-discipline allows a person to feel his individuality, his inner strength, his talent. He is the master of, rather than a slave to, his thoughts and emotions.”H. A. Dorfman
5. Self-discipline helps in forming the best version of you
Success does not arrive suddenly out of luck – like winning a lottery. It only happens when you reach individual mastery. The constant toil creates the best version of you as you persevere and refine your habits, personality, and character.
You already know the potential for greatness is there, so why waste time? Go and start doing the things that will move you closer to your goals in life – today!