* This is part 1 of the series: Self Discipline: The Key to Achievement
1-What is Self Discipline?
Self Discipline is similar to self control, but it is more like a targeted self control. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it is the ability to make yourself do things that should be done. It is the ability to do things and complete them. It is to move from thinking or dreaming to doing. Self Discipline is the skill to clutch on to the tasks you wish to take on. And discipline is the skill to require someone to take up a task for something. If I am monitored by others then I am under the influence of discipline or guided by a disciplined person. If I know my goals and I am aware of where I am going to, guided by my own-self, then it is Self Discipline. Both are needed for achieving anything in life. Self Discipline is the key for achievement because you can control yourself to do the tasks and activities that are important for you, and without the need to ask someone else to do them for you.
Self Discipline needs a lot of action and less of thinking, and it starts when you say ‘No’ to the best pleasure of the moment. For example, we tend to check emails frequently which can be a distraction away from our main tasks, and it would be a good Self Discipline when we limit this behavior.
Another positive Self Discipline is to say 'No' to the most delicious dishes when you are in a diet. While the regime need not be strict, the least you should have is an inclination towards making it happen.
According to some experts, including Brian Tracy, it is like a miracle. Miracles make impossible things happen, and Self Discipline is as good as a miracle for achievement.
Why it is Important?
Self Discipline is as important as the first victory, as once Harry S Truman said, "In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won is over them…self-discipline with all of them came first."
Self Discipline enables you for better multitasking. The general thinking is that if you have too many things to do, you may neglect other things and even at times you may end up doing things in the most confused manner. If you know the art of Self Discipline, it would be easier to plan your tasks and guide them to success one after the other.
Self Discipline drives you towards commitment. It is about holding on to your goal, whatever that goal might be. When you are committed, you can remind yourself of your goals and aspirations, realign them whenever possible and continuously strive to work towards them. According to Zig Zigler "Goals are dreams we convert to plans and take action to fulfill."
Self control can also lead to happiness, as it was shown by the survey of the Journal of Personality, which had 414 participants. With Self Discipline, you can make your ideas and thoughts into real achievements. Many persons have many issues such as: procrastination, lack of motivation, lack of productivity, poor time management and disorganization. Even some successful persons complain of lack of discipline in some areas of their lives. This is where Self Discipline plays a major role.
Some hard tasks can not be achieved without it. Some goals require strong discipline. Self control is the start of greatness. George Washington had once said this quote about discipline "Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable, procures success to the weak, and esteem to all."
We all need it for our lives, whether for productivity or for our personal lifestyles. However, it does not come to us by sheer luck or genetics. It needs programming the mind for achieving it. It requires our conscious awareness in order to get it.
Please join me for my next series about Self Discipline.