Ahhh, self-discipline, that pain-in-the-a** success attribute that most of us wish were easier to wield. If I told you there was a pill you could take to increase your self-discipline, would you want one?
Hahaha, so would I.
Unfortunately, there is no pill.
But, I do have something for you that is far better than some easy peasy pill. In fact, I have 15 of them for you.
And I am confident you could benefit from them.
How can I be so sure?
Statistics. Statistically speaking, 92% of people who set goals at the beginning of each year, don’t achieve them (University of Scranton.) That stat alone, says so much about the state of our collective self-discipline.
“92 % of people who set goals at the beginning of each year, don’t achieve them.” – University of ScrantonTweet Quote
It reveals that most people can’t stick to a simple goal they set out to achieve.
How is it that so many people fail to achieve what they really want?
I mean, nobody sets a goal they don’t think they can achieve.
Nobody sets a goal around something they don’t sincerely want either.
Yet, so many still fail to reach the simple goals they set for themselves, year after year.
And what about the big goals? Let’s not even go there.
Here’s the most likely culprit. When the results we go after don’t come fast enough, and we realize what we’re chasing seems like more of a hassle than we first imagined, we second-guess ourselves. And as we continue to pursue our goals, we slowly begin making up our minds that the pain of consistent self-discipline is a cost we aren’t willing to pay. The pain bests us.
So, what do we do?
We stop striving for our goal.
If that scenario sounds familiar, then you’ve had your own struggles with self-discipline. In short, self-discipline is likely hard for you.
But, you don’t have to feel too bad about it (just a little bad), because you are not alone. Self-discipline is painful for just about everyone. But just because it’s painful, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to find more of it.
Truth is, self-discipline is a pain that is good for you. It’s so good for you that it really shouldn’t be seen as pain at all.
Like Euripides said…. “Do not consider painful what is good for you.”
NO PAIN NO GAIN
My friend, self-discipline is a worthy characteristic to improve. It’s worthy because it has the power to lead you from where you are now, to where you want to be, faster than any other human quality.
Self-discipline is a force to be reckoned with. When it is strong, it will keep you moving forward, progressing towards your goals till you hit them.
On the flip side, self-discipline is also something everyone struggles with at some point in their lives. And when it’s weak your achievements will be meek.
So go big, keep going for those big goals, but make sure your self-discipline is strong before you do so.
Why? Because trying to achieve a goal without self-discipline, is like trying to ride a bicycle across a hilly countryside and expecting to get up the harder, steeper hills without peddling.
It’s just not going to happen. Which is why goal achievement without self-discipline is impossible.
Fortunately, you can build and craft your self-discipline to your liking. And you can do it in a short amount of time.
The more you build it, the more and more achievements you’re likely to see in your life.
And I have just the thing to help you begin building your self-discipline.
Here are 14 self-discipline books you should read to help you fortify your self-discipline.
You’ll strengthen your discipline just by reading them, because it takes discipline to read books.
But, you’ll also gain powerful self-discipline mindset insights, insights that will help you become the master over your very own.
So here you go my friends, 15 stepping stones to higher and better levels of self-discipline.
15 BEST BOOKS ON DISCIPLINE
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1. The Compound Effect
‘The Compound Effect’ is like a manifesto for self-discipline. The author of this book is Darren Hardy, who is the former publisher of SUCCESS Magazine, a serial entrepreneur, mutli-millionaire, and the author of a few other books. And you know what? This guy knows a thing or two about success and self-discipline.
Darren sums it up well in his book when he gives the formula for how to create radical change in our lives. The formula is this: “Small smart choices + Consistency + Time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE”
Small smart choices come down to small daily self-disciplines.
This book is worth the read because it will help you realize that it is the small everyday choices you make, not the big disciplines, that determine the size of your achievements.
After reading this, self-discipline will seem less daunting, more manageable, and perhaps even a bit attractive. Get this book, and let Darren sell you on the power of self-discipline and it can do to transform the outcome of your life.
‘Mastery’ is a masterpiece. This book was authored by Robert Greene, and it covers a wide spectrum of ideas that coalesces around what it takes to become a master. A master of your craft, your profession, a master of your life.
Much of the material in the book is pulled from the author’s vast knowledge of historical and modern masters to help you realize what it takes to become a master, the likes of Mozart, Leonardo Da Vinci, Goethe, John Coltrane, Marcel Proust, and many others.
He demonstrates that Mastery is a simple process that is accessible to anyone who is willing to put in the time, effort, dedication and sacrifice to create masterful work.
His reference to Leonardo Da Vinci’s motto, Ostinato Rigore, meaning stubborn rigor sums up what kind of self-discipline is required to achieve your life’s task (your purpose).
To strengthen your self-discipline and learn what it takes to become the master of your fate, this is definitely book you should digest.
3. The Willpower Instinct
‘The Willpower Instinct‘ approaches self-discipline and self-control from a more academic stand point. It’s a good self discipline book, but if I am honest, it’s quite boring to read.
If you are true student of self-discipline and self-control though, it will be worth it.
It’s worth your time because it will help you gain clarity on why self-discipline seems so challenging to master for so many people. The clarity gained from this book can lead to better decisions, and better decisions always leads to better results.
4. The Master Key to Riches
This book is a powerful book for building self-discpline. Every chapter provides insight upon insight on the habits and types of efforts that are required for you to achieve more in life.
The most important chapter though, is chapter 12, because it deals solely with self-discipline. Chapter 12 makes a strong case for why you should work on becoming self-disciplined, especially if wealth, success, and riches are things you are striving for.
And let’s be honest, money, success, and power are things we’re all striving for. So give this one a read, and learn why self-discipline is the master key to riches. Then put what you learn to use, and build the rich and abundant life you deserve for yourself.
5. The War of Art
In my opinion, out of all of the best books on discipline, this one is the best. However, this book is listed and #5 because it was primarily written for creative types who know the self-sabotaging challenges that come with trying to create great work consistently.
Even if you are not an artist, author, or entrepreneur, this book will help you realize the struggle to create is real, but that it can be conquered.
I believe this book is for everyone because we are all creators, creators and designers of our own lives.
Now the author doesn’t call out self-discipline directly through the book, rather, he positions it as “Resistance”. But, through his concept of “Resistance” clearly communicates how you must commit to your work, to becoming a pro, and how when you do, you’ll be applying the self-discipline you’ve needed to do what you’ve always wanted.
It’s a good kick in the pants that will help you deal with your self-discipline challenges in an effective way. So give it read.
6. The Practicing Mind
If you are looking for a new perspective on how to build your self-discipline, then this book is for you. Thomas M. Sterner makes a strong case for the importance mindset plays on how self-disciplined we are. He does a good job relating his personal experiences with mastering golf, piano lessons, and book writing, using the practicing mind process.
You’ll learn that with the right awareness and mindset, you can better master just about anything. His biggest urging is to learn to love the process of whatever it is you are seeking to accomplish, to do so, is to develop a practicing mind.
And when you’ve developed a practicing mind, the self-discipline and focus we all struggle with, becomes easier to wield.
A slow read, but it has some gems in it for sure.
7. Willpower: Rediscovering The Greatest Human Strength
Roy Baumeister is highly admired psychologists who teamed up with the renowned New York Times science writer, John Tierney, to create what is in a sense a self-control manifesto. Both authors do a great job of taking their vast knowledge of people and human psychology, to effectively sum up the power of willpower.
They give great examples of how we can refuel our willpower, and create effective habits that can actually make it easier for us to control ourselves. In short, you’ll learn the science behind self-control and many new and unique methods to help you master yours.
All in all, it’s a great book to read and an excellent building block to help you level up your self-discipline.
8. Think and Grow Rich
This book belongs in almost every self-improvement category, but it really shines when it comes to self-discipline.
When you read this book, you’ll gain a new awareness to success, gaining riches, and all that other achievement jazz. But most importantly, it will drill the point home, that no success, no great riches, no high achievements can be made if you have not mastered your thoughts.
And sure enough, the mastery of your thoughts comes down to your ability to discipline your mind on how to think, what to allow into your mind, and what kind of thoughts you should consistently be focusing on to achieve your goals.
This book is a must-read for the true seeker of success and self-discipline.
9. No Excuses: The Power of Self-Discipline
Brian Tracy has been around for a very long time, but his book on discipline, ‘No Excuses’ is still a great starting place if you are ambitious, just finishing up your schooling, or about to get started in the working world.
He’s a pretty much a ‘self-development guru’, since he’s been at this for so long. He covers many success maxims you’ve probably already heard, but he does a good job of tying them all together around the subject of self-discipline.
Reading this book will help you realize the value self-discipline plays in just about every area of our life.
10. The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg does a great job illuminating the complexity of the science behind our habits and breaking it down into digestible insights.
You’ll learn that the bulk of what we does is governed by our habits, and how with a little bit of disciplined awareness, you can master the art of turning bad habits into good ones.
So, if you are have some bad habits you need to change, or some new habits you need to create, and want to ensure you have the discipline to see them through, get this book, it is the ultimate cheat sheet for mastering your habits.
11. The Warrior Ethos
This book not your typical book on discipline. It’s about an approach to life, it’s about an ethos.
It’s about an ethos that has become less and less apart of modern-day culture, yet, is the exact ethos most fit to help you embrace the struggles and toil of your every aspiration.
The tenets of the Warrior Ethos, directed inward, can inspire you to fight against and conquer the enemies that can be found within our own hearts and minds.
I highly recommend this book. It’s not a book 100% dedicated to self-discipline, so don’t expect a bunch of science and data. But, you can expect to be inspired and fired up to gain the discipline of a Spartan.
Read this book and gain the mental toughness you’ll need, if you want to have the self-discipline of a champion.
Coming in at number 12 on our list of books for building self-discipline is aptly named… ‘Self-Discipline’. This is a newer self-discipline book, but it deserves mentioning as it is jam packed with powerful principles that can help you build the mental toughness and tightened mental focus that lead to achievement. It is truly a simple and easy read, and gets right to the point on what self-discipline is and how anyone can get more of it.
Out of all of our best books on discipline, this book has been listed because it does a phenomenal job helping the reader learn that self-discipline is more than just a skillset, it is a lifestyle. And in my opinion, once you’ve accepted this fact and truly understand it… your ability to become the master of yourself and by extension, your fate will be transformed.
13. Make Your Bed
Make Your Bed is by far one of the more popular books on self-discipline and life improvement in general. It’s has garnered the prestigious title of a NY Times Best Seller, which we believe is a well deserved title. The author of Make Your Bed is Admiral William H. McRaven. And he wrote this book after giving a commencement speech that went viral. The message he conveyed it that commencement speech, and what he lays forth in this book, is about how the little things make a big difference in how our life turns out.
It’s is certainly not an academic book as it contains various short stories and anecdotes for life. However, it is a book that will at the very least inspire you to do the little things a little bit better and a little more consistently. And this will ultimately help you change your life. After all, that’s what self-discipline is all about, isn’t it? Consistently doing the little things.
14. The Science of Self-Discipline
Best-selling author and human psychology researcher Peter Hollins has created a one-of-a-kind resource with his book The Science of Self-Discipline. As someone who has studied high performance individuals for over a decade, Hollins really nails the psychology and science behind behind self-discipline in this book.
His book provides an 11 chapter road map that will help you understand everything from how your biology, habits, mindset, and environment can and will impact your discipline levels. As such, this discipline book comes highly recommended and should be added to your reading list as well, if you have yet to read it.
15. The Marshmallow Test
Walter Mischel is one of the world’s leading experts on self-control. His groundbreaking work on self-control (a.k.a. the famous marshmallow test) has helped him get cited more than any other psychologist when it comes to self-control, as he’s shown better than anybody else, the direct link that exists between delayed gratification and one’s ability to create a successful life for themselves.
With that said, this is a great book to study if you’re looking to master self-discipline and self-control, as Mischel provides countless antidotes and strategies that just about anyone can implement to gain mastery of both.
Bonus Self-Discipline Book: Discipline Equals Freedom
Sometimes, what we all really need to get the discipline we want is the cold hard truth. And that is exactly what Jocko Willink lays down for us in his book Discipline Equals Freedom. Hands down this is one of the best books on discipline.
This book is a must have for every discipline seeking individual, because Jocko speaks truth. No doubt, you may find what he has to say abrasive, maybe even a bit too straight-forward. But if you are truly seeking discipline, then you should be okay with his methods. Why? Because the ends justify the means.
This is a self-help book we all need to read in this day and age. And at the moment out of all of these books on discipline, this one is currently my favorite. It’s a book that will help you discipline your thoughts, which will then help you discipline your actions. So, if you’re ready to learn the simple truths about self-discipline, truths that will lead to disciplined action, then this book is for you.
GO FORTH AND BUILD YOUR SELF-DISCIPLINE
There you have it friends, the 15 best books on discipline that can help you improve your self-discipline and self-control. But don’t just let your learning lead to knowledge, let your learning lead to action. And for some bonus methods to discipline your thoughts, be sure to check out these highly effective discipline affirmations, and our highly popular discipline quotes.
Remember, all successful people are highly disciplined people. All unsuccessful people are usually undisciplined and unable to control their actions and appetites.
So, read these self discipline books, leverage your resources, and put what you learn into action, so when they talk about the 8% of people who follow through on their goals, they’ll be talking about you.
Till next time,
PS – These are the best books on discipline, no doubt about it! But if you’re looking for something to truly help you BE self-disciplined NOW, self-disciplined enough to actually achieve the big harry audacious goals you’ve set for yourself, then this is for you.
SELF-DISCIPLINE TIPS: THE BEST 7 WAYS TO IMPROVE SELF-DISCIPLINE
Just about every single person on earth has in some way, shape, or form struggled with self-discipline. Most people wish there was an easy pill, or wish there was some type of shortcut that would allow them to bypass the discipline required to achieve their goals, but, there isn’t one. Goals, and by extension, success, requires self-discipline. So, while there’s no shortcuts to success, the next best thing is a handful of highly effective self-discipline tips.
That said, the more self-discipline you have, the more success you’ll have. It’s that simple. The hard part of course, is in the becoming. Becoming self-discipline is a challenge. But, challenges are meant to be overcome, and it’s why we’ve decided to pull together this list of the top 7 ways to improve self-discipline.
Our hope is that you’ll learn a thing or two from this short but powerful collection of self-discipline tips, and find more success in your life as you put them to work for you. So, if you’re ready to discover some of the absolute best way to improve your self-discipline levels, then let’s dive right in:
BEST 7 WAYS TO IMPROVE SELF-DISCIPLINE
1. Set Realistic Goals
Believe it or not, setting a goal is one of the most powerful self-discipline tips you could employ. A goal well set can get even the most sluggish person among us moving, grooving, and on track.
However, you can’t just set any goal, it has to be a realistic one.
Certainly, when we have a critical mission it seems wise to take care of the larger tasks first. However, larger goals are harder to reach, which makes self-discipline more challenging.
For instance, you may want to lose a significant amount of weight; however, after training hard for a few weeks and seeing meager results, you may want to give up.
Therefore, it’s far better to commit to an intermediary goal like dropping a few inches a month, rather than choosing one that overwhelms you and causes you to throw in the towel too soon. Sure you can aim high, but aim for realistic intermediary goals first.
And as you reach those goals, then simply raise the bar a little higher. This one self-discipline tip alone will level-up just about anyone’s self-discipline.
Related: Keys to Accomplishing Your Goals
2. Avoid Temptation
When it comes to self-discipline, it’s best that we stay away from things that can take us away from our goal. If we are trying to quit something, like smoking for instance. Then it’s important to stay away from people who regularly smoke cigarettes.
By doing this, we won’t be tempted to partake in the temptation.
Similarly, if you’re trying to lose weight, get the junk food out of your pantry. Having easy access to the things that will get you off course will weaken your resolve faster than almost any other thing.
Of course, this tip can be one of the hardest tips to improve your self discipline if you don’t proactively remove those temptations first. So, be sure to keep those vices out of reach and out of sight.
Just remember, that when our vices are out of our reach, it’s so much easier to focus on other things, like our goals.
3. Do a Countdown
We’ve all had those pesky “I’ll do it later” moments; A.K.A. procrastination. Now, believe it or not, procrastinating is one of self-discipline’s greatest rivals. In a sense, they are antithetical to each other, meaning they are each other’s opposites.
Fortunately, there is a way to defeat self-discipline’s arch nemesis. Jus do this; when you’re feeling lazy or hesitant to follow through with your goal, conduct a simple countdown. Seriously, doing a simple count can help defeat procrastination.
Counting down from ten can get you out of bed for a jog or to get you off of the couch to cook dinner for your family. The countdown provides a bumper before springing into action. If necessary, you can yourself as much as a minute and work our way down, or you can go with just five seconds like motivational coach Mel Robbins suggests.
4. Reward Good Behavior
Unfortunately, we’re usually better at punishing ourselves for poor behavior than rewarding good behavior. From now on, we need to start giving ourselves praise when we stay on track to meet our goals.
Now, the rewards don’t have to be large or extravagant. In fact, your reward can be as simple as allowing yourself a cheat dessert after eating healthy six days of the week.
In some cases, rewards can be a break. it’s possible to overextend ourselves with little to no rest, especially with physical goals. Keep in mind, we don’t want to go overboard with rewards. Rewarding ourselves with every minor goal we meet, we can become counterproductive and even stagnant in our ability to self-regulate.
5. Recruit Someone to Help with Accountability
Having someone to support our efforts is great for a number of reasons. For one, there’s someone there to encourage and motivate us to move forward. It’s also great to have someone there to hold us accountable when we begin to slack.
Say we’re trying to go into business for ourselves. There’s a lot of work that goes into entrepreneurship, and procrastination can make or break our chances of success. If a friend or partner helps us stay focused, we’ll have an easier time getting to the finish line.
Even when times are hard, they can give us the motivation we need as opposed to giving up.
6. Understand Your Weaknesses
Before you start your self-discipline journey, it’s important that you are honest about your shortcomings prior to setting any goals. Once you identify what you struggle with, you can work on overcoming and moving closer to what it is you are trying to achieve.
For example, you may have a hard time saying no to people you love, even if it gets in the way of accomplishing your personal goals. Or you may have enjoy having a few drinks every weekend to relieve stress; which is okay, but if you love doing it, and it gets in the way of your goals, then making a mental not of this weakness is key.
When you improve your clarity, you’ll improve your results. Overtime, you’ll learn how to turn your weaknesses into strengths.
Related: Self-Discipline Affirmations
7. Prioritize Wellness
This is easily one of the most important tips to improve self discipline. All of the hard work is irrelevant if we’re not taking care of our physical, mental, and emotional health.
When it comes to discipline, to get optimal results, we need to maintain healthy diets, get enough rest, and keep our stress levels at bay. Once we start prioritize wellness and our well-being, we’ll have an easier time and more energy to actionize our goals.
As a result, our ability to be more disciplined with improve across the board and almost effortlessly.
Bonus Self-Discipline Tip
Here’s our final self-discipline tip, and it’s one that all too many people over look. Most people likely overlook this tip because most people don’t like to read or study. But, learning and seeking mastery over any topic, is the best to ensure you become good at a thing.
When people want to get good at managing their money, they study money. When people want to improve their cooking skills, they research cooking techniques. And striving to improve your self-discipline is no different. It’s why you are on this page.
So, if you really want to improve your self-discipline, and take it to the next level by giving serious effort and time towards studying the various self-discipline books that are out there, and then practicing what you learned. Do this, and there’s no way you can’t but improve your discipline.
Repetition is the mother of skill, so here’s a final recap of the 7 best ways to improve self-discipline to find more success in everything you do:
- Set Realistic Goals
- Avoid/Remove Temptations
- Do A Countdown
- Reward Good Behavior
- Recruit An Accountability Partner
- Understand Your Weaknesses
- Prioritize Your Wellness
- Study Self-Discipline
We all can benefit from perfecting our self discipline. Using these tips for self-discipline will not only help with productivity, it will also benefit your overall wellness, your ability to connect with others, and most importantly, they’ll help you become more successful.
Best of all, you don’t have to do it alone. By reaching out to others, we can help each other fortify our levels of self-discipline, reach our goals, and avoid giving up on our dreams.
Till you reach your aims,
PS – If you enjoyed these self-discipline tips, then you’ll love this article on how to build self-discipline as well.
HOW TO DEVELOP DISCIPLINE THE EASY WAY
Discipline is one of the most important factors for achieving success. Many people already know this, but unfortunately many of them perceive the consistent application of discipline to be too hard. As a result, many people never take those first steps towards their big goals.
They assume they don’t have what it takes to succeed, so never try. But we are here to tell you that being disciplined doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, there is an easy way to develop discipline. So, if you want to know how to develop discipline the easy way, then this article is for you.
We aim to share with you one of the easiest, yet effective ways to develop the discipline you’ll need to start achieving more of what you truly want in life. That being said, if you’re ready to learn about the easiest and most effective ways to develop discipline, let’s get started.
HOW TO DEVELOP DISCIPLINE
1. Start With Little Disciplines
One of the most simple ways to develop your self-discipline muscles is to start small. When you start executing on those seemingly small disciplines, you’ll begin noticing that you are in fact slowly progressing on a larger discipline.
Large disciplines are basically the accumulation of many smaller disciplines. And after you’ve tackled enough of those small disciplines, to your amazement, you’ll have executed on a big one.
On top of this, every discipline executed, regardless of size, impacts your ability to execute on other disciplines. And the more you practice exercising your discipline, the stronger it will become over time.
So start small, and never forget that inch by inch everything is a cinch.
2. Create a Goal That Inspires
A person who has a strong enough “WHY” never has to worry about the “HOW”. Too many people shrug off the power of goal-setting, but when it’s done correctly, a person can anoint themselves with seemingly god-like levels of discipline.
By creating a goal that inspires, and by reviewing that goal daily, you position yourself to be pulled by your goals. This “pulling effect”, will lead to you taking action day in and day out towards your goals, even on days when you’re not 100% up to putting in the work.
So, be extra vigilant in your goal-setting, and you’ll cultivate the extreme self-discipline needed to accomplish great things.
3. Toss Out The Temptations
Getting off-track is so easy to do. One slight slip up typically leads to another one, and then another, until we get so off track that we choose to throw in the towel on our goals.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can take control of the situation and set yourself up for success by outsmarting your environment. And all it requires of you, is a little pre-emptive work to rid your environment of the distractions and temptations that will get you off your game.
If your goal requires losing weight, toss out the junk food in your cupboard. If your goal requires less distractions like binge watching YouTube or FB scrolling, remove those apps from your phone.
You get the picture, if there is a temptation or distraction that can potentially hinder taking the actions necessary to reach your goals, toss them.
4. Hold Yourself Accountable
Self-discipline is all about self-regulation, self-direction, and getting yourself to do what you said you were going to do. As such, you also need to hold yourself accountable.
By holding yourself accountable, you’ll be able to get yourself to do more. You’ll remember, that if you don’t do what you said you were going to do, there will be a consequence.
So, to hold yourself accountable, all you have to do is choose a consequence for yourself, if you don’t follow through. Yes, this will be hard. And it should be.
The consequence you set for yourself, will help drive you to act when you are suppose. And it can be something simple, like saying to yourself, ‘Okay, if don’t go to the gym at least 4 times this week, then I don’t get to have any ice cream this weekend.’
It’s simple accountability, but it’s effective.
Final Thoughts Developing Discipline The Easy Way
Anyone can develop discipline, and it is especially easy if the steps outlined are followed. Remember, discipline is not as difficult as it seems, and once you master it, your whole world will change. You’ll achieve more goals, and in so doing, you’ll begin getting more of what you want in life.
Once again, the easy way for you to develop discipline is to practice these three simple steps:
- Start With Small Disciplines
- Create a Goal That Pulls You Into Action
- Toss Out Temptations
- Hold Yourself Accountable
Lastly, if you enjoyed this article and tips mentioned above, then you’ll love these handful of articles created to support you in developing the discipline needed to achieve all your goals:
Follow the simple steps outlined in this article, use the recommended resources above, and then leverage your new found discipline to create the life you want. Easy peasy.
Till you reach your aims,
PS – If you enjoyed this article on how to develop self-discipline, then you’ll likely enjoy this article on why discipline is the key to success.
THE REAL ‘SECRET’ TO SUCCESS: SELF-DISCIPLINE
Have you ever wondered what the real secret to success is? If you’ve seen the movie ‘The Secret’, you may already be persuaded that the real secret to success is the Law of Attraction (LOA for short).
Like many LOA practitioners, you may be struggling to find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, or that beautiful life that you’ve been told to imagine for yourself over and over.
If you’ve ever been frustrated because that dream house has yet to materialize, or because your bank account isn’t as big as you hoped it would be by now, then this article is for you.
If you’ve been trying to implement the secret of ‘The Secret’, but have yet to make it work for you, then you need to keep reading.
Before we press on, here’s a quick disclaimer on LOA. We believe LOA is certainly a noteworthy success concept, and it does have it’s merits and valid nuggets of truth.
And since we aim to be completely honest with you, always, we secretly believe (pun intended) people can and do benefit from it. So, we are not writing off the philosophy of the secret entirely, we just believe there is more to the secret. A secret of the secret if you will.
With that being said, we must also state; that LOA is a force that cannot, and will not ever come to fruition without first embracing the following key success attribute.
The Real Secret to Success
So what is the real secret to success?
Without further delay, the real secret to success is this…. it’s nothing more nor less than acquiring and practicing the self-discipline necessary to help you take full and complete possession of your own mind.
Did you catch that? Yes, the answer is that simple. The ‘real secret’ to success is nothing more than having self-discipline.
Now, to make this proclamation digestible, we want to provide you with two models that were created to show you exactly why all success starts with self-discipline.
So here they are:
This first model is what The Secret’s model for success looks like. Notice how thoughts are highlighted in the graph below. It’s highlighted, because according to the secret, everything starts with our thoughts.
The Secret’s Success Model
The Secret posits that all success begins within in our minds. In other words, our thoughts become things.
And while we agree that there is truth to the statement, we believe that to effectively harness the secret of success, one must take it a few steps further.
The following self-discipline model demonstrates what we mean. If you observe the model below, you will notice that it starts at the top with the word ‘self-discipline’, and then cascades down through several events, ultimately ending with the word ‘success’.
So, what the model basically portrays, is that all success begins with self-discipline. In addition to this, the model also conveys the following: that any given success, will materialize to the degree and quality that each step was completed.
The Self-Discipline Success Model
To help you put this model into perspective so you can be better equipped to act on it, let us interpret a bit more on how it works.
So, let’s say we hypothetically start off in pursuit of a goal or something we are trying to achieve. And in that pursuit, we maintain little to no self-discipline, both in how we start the pursuit and how we follow through with it.
As such, by starting off with little to no self-discipline (let’s call it weak self-discipline), we directly affect the quality of the input we will need to get off to a good start.
For all intents and purposes, having weak self-discipline will have allowed for weak input (negative, anti-productive, unhealthy media/messaging) into our minds. As cause and effect would have it, putting weak input and information into our minds will lead to weak thoughts. Weak thoughts are typically of little quality, and low quality thoughts will inevitably impact our decisions.
You can probably guess what kind of decisions come from having thoughts that are unproductive, unfocused, and unhelpful to the realization of our goals. You guessed it, bad decisions, at least as it’s related to what we are trying to accomplish.
Now, as you can probably deduce from the pattern we’ve established, making low quality decisions will ultimately lead to weak or ineffective actions, and ineffective actions ultimately leads to bad results, and bad results never lead to success.
Real World Self-Discipline Scenario
So, what’s a real world example of this? Well, let’s say you decide to start dieting right and exercising regularly so you can lose 50 lbs. over the next three months. You know this is going to be a huge undertaking, and instead of carefully planning for it, you zealously get started on your goal without much preparation.
You go to the gym three times on the first week, and you eat all the right foods that you’re supposed to be eating. But by weak two, you start to feel your resolve melting away. So, you do what feels right and you give yourself a break at the end of week two because you’ve been doing so good.
Your mind is made up and you decide to give yourself a ‘treat’, and allow yourself to watch some unadulterated T.V. to rest up for next week’s hard workouts. While watching T.V. you just allow yourself to consume whatever the TV throws at you (input). You know…fast food commercials, negative news, reality shows that portray people who have zero self-control, and now you’ve consumed so much crummy content that it starts to impact the thoughts your having.
Suddenly, an ice cream commercial comes on, and now you’re in a mental state that has just been influenced by less than stellar material. You then start to mentally debate with yourself on how one ice cream really won’t hurt anything anyway (thoughts).
As such, you decide the treat to yourself wouldn’t be complete without some delicious ice cream. So, you make a snap decision (decision) to go get yourself some of that delicious ice cream. You know you shouldn’t be going, but you go anyway (action).
Once there at the ice cream shop, you waste little time grabbing that delicious chocolate treat you saw come on the tube minutes ago, and you devour it (action). Amid your ice-cream consumption ritual, you even start to think to yourself, ‘you know, eating ice-cream isn’t so bad, I mean if it were so bad then why would everybody else being doing it.”
At this point, you are no longer hyper-focused on health, but rather you’ve started to wonder why you ever got started on such an ambitious goal in the first place.
The beginning of week three rolls around, and now you’ve demolished any momentum you might have had. You decide to jump on the weight scale before going to the gym, and you notice you’ve only lost 1 lb. (results). With results like this you feel crushed, and think to yourself…’what’s the point’, and so you quit (success, not so much).
And there you have it… a real-world example of how the real secret to success process works. Reverse the level of self-discipline from the get go, and you reverse the end results.
Discipline is The Key to Success
This self-discipline success model works the same in all areas of our lives: business, work, education, money, you name it.
The quality of the results and successes we achieve in life, is directly dependent upon the quality and strictness of the self-discipline applied from the onset and throughout the entirety of the endeavor.
In other words, the real secret to success is self-discipline.
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Alright, you are now armed with the real secret to success. Now what are you going to do with it?
Your success awaits!
Till you reach your aims,
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THE LINK BETWEEN WILLPOWER AND SUCCESS
Have you ever wondered if willpower actually plays a role in a person’s ability to obtain success? Or, have you ever asked yourself, “How does willpower affect your success?” If so, this post is for you. We’re going to connect the dots for you on the importance of willpower as key element of success.
But, before we do, we’re going indulge you in a little English lesson first. ‘WILL’ means the intent, desire or wish to have something happen. Willpower is, therefore, the motivation to exercise ‘will.’
Willpower is the inner strength that enables you to not only make decisions but also to carry them out. People with strong willpower assert their decisions in the face of strong opposition. Whereas people with weak willpower capitulate to fate.
Where there is willpower, there is resolution, assertiveness, persistence, decisiveness, and firmness. We use willpower every day: to resist temptations, overcome procrastination and ultimately to achieve our goals. In short, success can not be had without willpower.
“Willpower is what separates us from animals. It is the capacity to restrain our impulses, resist temptation – do what’s right and good for us in the long run, not what we want to do right now.” – Roy BaumeisterTweet Quote
Willpower and Success
Most people don’t know this, but there is a very thin line between success and failure, and that line is essentially willpower.
Willpower gives us the strength to overcome the negative traits and impulses such as inaction, laziness, procrastination, and temptations. It is the ability to find the energy, motivation, and stamina to keep going even when you are tired and anxious, and part of you is looking for an escape.
A recent study revealed that as long as we are awake every two minutes, we are faced with a situation that requires us to make decisions. By the end of the day, we have spent three to four hours exercising willpower: resisting the urge to eat the last cookie, order another Martini, play candy crush, log on to the internet (for the nth time ), have an affair, buy another pair of shoes… you get my drift.
Fun fact: people high in willpower get better grades in school and college, they commit fewer crimes, and they stay married longer. They live longer, have fewer strokes, lower blood pressure and lower incidences of Alzheimer’s disease.
In short, willpower is a basis of success. Increase your willpower, and you’ll increase the likelihood of success where that willpower is being channeled.
So, How Do We Fare in This Battle of Willpower?
Not so well, I am afraid. According to research by Florida State University, we succumb to one in every six desires despite our attempt to resist. As a result, we take those extra naps, we overspend, surf the internet more hours than we care to admit, watch television etc.
In the ‘American Psychological Association’s’ annual survey, people regularly indicate that a lack of willpower is the number one barrier to following up on changes that would improve their lives. In 2011, 27% of the respondents of the ‘Stress in America’ survey revealed that lack of willpower was the greatest obstacle to change.
With more willpower, everyone would exercise regularly, avoid alcohol and drugs, eat right, save money for retirement and achieve all types of goals.
On the flipside, we commit more errors and increase our chances of facing tragedies because we lack willpower. We know what is good for us; what will help us progress, but we lack the will power to pursue the appropriate course of action. We know what is detrimental to us; what we should stop doing, but we lack the willpower to eliminate the harmful behavior.
As a result, and as you’d expect, negative outcomes ensue.
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will.” – Mahatma GandhiTweet Quote
What Role Does Willpower Play in Achieving Your Goals?
Willpower is not a cheap resource. Exerting self-control is one of the brains most energy-expensive tasks, sapping more blood sugar than memory or learning a language.
In short, it plays a BIG role. In fact, the biggest role.
Willpower and Delaying Gratification
Willpower has the essential ability to help us delay gratification. We resist the splurging at the mall so that we can save for a comfortable retirement, we resist the urge to sleep so that we can complete a project, and we resist the urge to lash out in anger for an improved relationship with a spouse.
According to scientists, we have one part of the brain that is impulsive and emotional, while the other part is reflective. People with low will power are susceptible to emotional responses and hardly think of the long-term implications.
On the other hand, people with strong willpower have greater ability to plan, handle stress, respond to reason, concentrate without becoming distracted and exhibit self-control in frustrating situations. In short, people with strong willpower have all the ingredients necessary for success.
We cannot succeed without resisting short-term temptations to meet long-term goals.
Willpower and The Formation of Healthy Behaviors.
Every day we make decisions to avoid impulses in the quest for a healthier, happier and more fulfilled life. Whether it is dragging ourselves to the gym, forgoing another round of cocktails, or resisting the temptation to skip the Monday morning meeting; our will power is tested on a constant basis.
It is clear that willpower is necessary for the formation of healthy habits and adoption of healthy lifestyle choices. People with strong will power will resist the allure of using tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs. Indeed, it has been found that developing strong willpower as children may prevent substance abuse problems in teenage and adulthood.
Success is an accumulation of daily healthy practices.
Willpower and Ability to Handle Failures
Great success depends on great risk, and failure is simply a common ground.
Every journey to success is accompanied by varying degrees of uncertainty. Every decision, including the decision to do nothing, carries the element of risk, and failure is always an option.
Every successful individual is someone who has failed before. The difference between many of us and the successful people around us, is that while they used their failures as stepping stones to later success, many of us view failure as fatalistic. We are so focused on avoiding failure that we do not aim for success, settling instead for a life of mediocrity.
It is reported that Thomas Edison had 1,000 tries before he developed the light bulb. A reporter asked him, “How did it feel to fail 1000 times? “Thomas replied, “I did not fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps”. What an incredible attitude! What would have happened if Edison had given up on the second attempt? Or 999th attempt? How many times did you fail before you gave up?
Failure is not defeat. Failure is proof that you are pushing yourself to your limits.
You will never succeed if you do not have the will power to handle your failures. Willpower helps to see failure in proper perspective. When we fail we learn, we grow and mature. We achieve new understandings and perspectives on business, relationships, life and love.
Failure is part of the genetic makeup of life. It is part of the grand design of things here on earth.
Without willpower, you play the victim in failure, allow self-degrading thoughts take hold and let anger control you.
With will power you take a deep breath and get back in the game, knowing that you are learning valuable lessons along the way, having great new experiences and living life to the fullest.
Willpower helps us win our internal battles. It helps us to say yes to things that lead us closer to our goals. It gives us the ability to do what we need to even when we don’t feel like it.
Willpower is the great force that makes the impossible possible.
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince LombardiTweet Quote
Final Thoughts on Willpower and Success
There is a clear connection between success and willpower. And how much willpower each of us has is entirely up to us.
We can focus on improving our willpower, or we can flow with fate.
Hopefully after reading this article you will choose the former.
Why? Because it is only through willpower that your successes will come and your achievements made great.
Till next time,
PS – If you enjoyed this article, then you’ll also enjoy this article on the link between Self-Control and Success.
SELF-DISCIPLINE IS KEY TO SUCCESS
Self-discipline is key to success. In fact, it may even be “the key to success”. We believe that if ever there were a true magical ingredient to achieve success, self-discipline would be it. And we’re not alone in our estimation.
As a matter of fact one of the richest men in modern history, Andrew Carnegie, commissioned a man by the name of Napoleon Hill to seek out the richest and most successful people across the land in the early days of the 20th century.
Can you guess what the common denominator was in Carnegie and Hill’s decades long study of what leads to success? If you guessed self-discipline, you’d be right.
WHY SELF-DISCIPLINE IS KEY TO SUCCESS
Napoleon Hill’s research states that faith and ideas are the starting points of all great achievements. However, it is self-discipline that bridges the gap between your ideas and the accomplishment of them. As such, self-discipline is the key.
Now, many might argue that his book was about using your imagination, thinking, improving your attitude, etc… And they would be right, at least partially. However, the master key or the the linchpin, if you will, all comes down to self-discipline.
In addition to this discovery, self-discipline has been referenced time and time again by those who have accomplished greatly and have achieved massive success. Most success stories clearly demonstrate the power self-discipline played in the achievement of their dreams. Self-discipline is indeed, the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
Unfortunately, this is a truth that is ignored, or simply missed by way too many people. And regrettably, it is usually to the detriment of their accomplishments. Having said that, here a few reasons why self-discipline is actually the key to success.
1.) Self-Discipline Leads To Better Input
Too many people spend countless hours scouring news sites, social media, or watching T.V. They have big goals and dreams, but they fail to realize that consuming large quantities of negative content, or content that only entertains them, keeps them stuck.
Distraction hinders progress. Focus accelerates it. Which is why it’s been said, that before you can change your output, you must first change your input. And this is where discipline comes in.
If you have the foresight to acknowledge how unproductive being a consumer of negative news and useless social media feeds, you can marshal the discipline necessary to change what you feed your mind. If you feed it positive news, or content that inspires you to dream more and take more action, well, you’ll quickly realize how much easier it is to make progress on your goals.
2.) Disciplined Input Leads to Better Thoughts
Here’s one of the main aspects of being disciplined about what you allow to enter your mind; when you do so, you effectively impact your thoughts.
That’s right, the quality of your thoughts can be regulated by what you allow into your mind. David J. Schwartz, the author of ‘The Magic of Thinking Big‘ once stated that, “The mind is what the mind is fed.”
It’s sort of like being a chef. If you want to produce a five-star meal, you have to ensure you begin with the highest quality ingredients. Sure, on some rare occasion, a chef can turn out some great finished meals with base ingredients. But to get to world-class, they’ll need the highest quality ingredients.
So, if you want positive disciplined thoughts, you must first start with being extremely disciplined about what you allow into your mind.
3.) Disciplined Thoughts Leads to Discipline Actions
It’s especially apparent as to why self-discipline is key to success, when you realize how important disciplined thoughts are for taking disciplined actions.
Most people think discipline begins in our actions. But it begins long before we do the deed. Countless hours are typically spent beforehand imaging what we want, how we want to get there, by when, how.
There is almost always an accumulation of thought and intention that takes place before any action is taking. And this is especially the case when it’s an action that requires a high degree of discipline, like sitting down to write that book, scheduling time for fitness, putting in the energy to make that healthy meal, etc…
Discipled Thoughts leads to disciplined actions.
4.) Disciplined Actions Leads to Success
When all is said and done, consistent disciplined action in a singular direction will lead to better results and gradual progress. And the progressive realization of any worthy goal, is in a nutshell, success.
If you were to ever research and study the biggest names of the success and self-development industry over the past century, names like Earl Nightingale, W. Clement Stone, Og Mandino, Napoleon Hill, James Allen, Bob Proctor, etc… you would quickly catch on to the oft repeated phrase…
This phrase, is their big secret to success. However, it is equally a phrase that can lead to success just as surely as it could lead you to failure.
Here’s how. If you think about nothing, you’ll eventually become nothing. Likewise, if you think about failure, scarcity, and your obstacles all the time, well, that’s exactly what you’ll end up getting more of, because what you focus on expands.
Of course on the other hand, if you can discipline yourself to think of positive things, if you can force yourself to constantly think of success, achievement, and goals, those will be the things you eventually bring more of into your life. You will slowly, eventually, and most assuredly become what you think about. So choose to be disciplined about what you think about from the get go.
Remember, self-discipline leads to better input, disciplined input leads to disciplined thoughts, disciplined thoughts lead to disciplined actions, and disciplined actions lead to success. And this is why, for all intents and purposes, self-discipline is the key to success.
Until you reach your aims,
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25 DISCIPLINE AFFIRMATIONS THAT ACTUALLY WORK
Achieving success and happiness requires a combination of key qualities, but there is one primary quality that breeds continual, long-term success across every aspect of our lives; self discipline. And since we know self-discipline is a struggle for many people, we’ve pulled together a list of effective and easy to apply discipline affirmations to be used daily.
Using these discipline affirmations will help you slowly develop the discipline you’ll need to create the life you want. How do we know? We’re students of success and we practice what we teach.
If you’re not sure about affirmations, know this, daily affirmations are to the mind what exercise is to the body. The word affirmation comes from the Latin word affirmare, which essentially means “to make steady, strengthen.” So, when you employ an affirmation (repeating a phrase to yourself repeatedly), you essentially reinforce and strengthen the helpful positive thoughts your mind requires to take action.
So, if you are ready for our ultimate list of discipline affirmations that actually work, let’s dive in.
BEST AFFIRMATIONS FOR BUILDING SELF-DISCIPLINE
Affirmation 1: I Take The First Step and Make Things Happen Now.
This discipline affirmation will prime you for taking action with urgency. And action is key, because self-discipline without action is dead.
Affirmation 2: I Have The Discipline to Accomplish My Goals.
This may seem counterintuitive, but you have to believe you are disciplined before you’ll actually be disciplined. Why? Because belief powers action.
So, use this affirmation to help you change your belief about how disciplined you are.
Affirmation 3: I Do What Needs to be Done, Even When I Don’t Feel Like Doing It.
Resistance is every achiever’s worst enemy. It doesn’t matter what you are striving for either, it could be better health, better habits, or more prosperity. But what keeps us from those goals is resistance.
As such, this affirmation can be used to short-circuit your mind, so it will help you do what you must, regardless of how you feel.
Affirmation 4: I Will Be Ready, Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually.
This affirmation is effective because it helps disarm any self-doubt you may have about how ready you are to achieve your aims. It helps you set the record straight for yourself, that you are ready to do what is necessary.
Use this discipline affirmation to prime your mind to do what you must to be ready and stay ready for the success that will inevitably come your way.
Affirmation 5: I am The Master of my Thoughts and Actions.
One of the most empowering proclamations a person can make to themselves is the acknowledgment of their individual self-responsibility for all of their outcomes. So, use this affirmation to once and for all take the helm of your life.
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Affirmation 6: I Resist All Temptations and Remain Focused on my Dream.
The thing that stops most people from reaching their goals is interruption caused by minor temptations. So use this affirmation to keep your mind shut to all temptations small and large, so your momentum can grow.
Affirmation 7: I am Disciplined and Determined to Accomplish My Goals.
Use this discipline affirmation to convince your subconscious mind that you have what it takes to reach your goals. Because once your subconscious mind believes it, you’ll believe it, and once you truly believe it, the world will be your oyster.
Affirmation 8: I am Full of Discipline, I am Focused, and Persistent.
Discipline requires persistence and focus, and the stronger your focus, the more persistent you’ll be. So repeat this affirmation often and allow each quality to reinforce your discipline.
Affirmation 9: I am In Control of My Behavior.
All too often we allow our impulses to call the shots in our lives. But, things don’t have to be this way. You can call the shots if you really want to.
Every time you repeat this discipline affirmation, you’ll make your position clear to yourself. You’ll reinforce in your subconscious mind that you are the boss, and that your goals are your new priority now, not your whims.
Affirmation 10: Discipline is The Root of All Good Qualities.
Once you realize in your bones the truth of this statement, the more eager you’ll be to employ self-discipline in every aspect of your life. And as a result, every aspect of your life will benefit.
Affirmation 11: I Will Finish My Tasks and Consistently Work Towards My Goals, No Matter How I Feel.
Embracing this affirmation helps you embrace the struggle. And the more inclined you are to lean into the pain and discomfort of discipline, the easier the struggle will become over time.
“I will finish my tasks and consistently work towards my goals, no matter how I feel.”Tweet This Affirmation
Affirmation 12: I am In Charge of My Own Outcome.
Continually staking your claim leads to more ownership. And it is the owner, (in all instances) who is really in charge.
Affirmation 13: I Believe in Myself Enough to Follow Through.
Self-belief is the cornerstone of all action. Less belief, less follow through. However, the more you believe in yourself and your goals, the more likely you’ll be to take action on then follow through.
Affirmation 14: Nobody Can Hold Me Back, Not Even My Own Doubts.
If you are to doubt anything, doubt your limitations. And one of the best ways to do that is by repeating this self-discipline affirmation often. When you do so, you’ll be minimizing any doubt you may have about what is possible for you.
You’ll know this discipline affirmation is working when healthier doses of self-reflection begin to sound like, ‘why not me?’, or ‘why not now?’
Affirmation 15: There Is Only One Way, The Way of Discipline.
The greats, the millionaires, and the high achievers of history were all students of success. And they all had one thing in common; their belief that self-discipline was the common denominator in their success.
Affirmation 16: I Do Today What They Won’t, So Tomorrow I Can Accomplish What They Can’t.
One of the best ways to get someone to do something is to show them the benefit of doing a thing. Using this affirmation helps remind yourself that there are tangible benefits to applied self-discipline, and it will eventually lead to your becoming “luckier” in the eyes of others.
Affirmation 17: I Embrace Hard work. I Love The Discipline Of It.
The more you can convince yourself of your love of hard work, and the discipline that goes with it, the more of it you’ll do. And the more of it you do, the sooner you’ll reach your goals.
Affirmation 18: I Have Power Over My Mind, and I am In Command of My Every Action.
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment, and when you begin to have power of your own mind, every action you take inches you over that bridge towards your ultimate aim.
Affirmation 19: I am Persistent and Consistent.
You can’t be disciplined for one day or one week and expect great results. Nope, you’ll need to cultivate the habit of self-discipline for the long haul. You’ll need to be persistent and consistent.
Affirmation 20: I Enjoy Being Disciplined.
The more you enjoy a thing, the more you’ll want to do said thing. So, use this discipline affirmation to hack your mind, and trick yourself into doing more of what you must to reach your goals.
Affirmation 21: I Can Reach My Full Potential With Discipline.
Your potential is only limited to the extent of your self-discipline levels. So, use this daily affirmation to help you level up your self-discipline, and as a result unlock your full potential.
Affirmation 22: I Bring My Dreams Into Fruition Through Self-Discipline.
This discipline affirmation will convince your subconscious mind that the attainment of your dream is possible, and that the vehicle best suited to get you there will be the strength of your self-discipline.
Affirmation 23: Self-Discipline Is The Center of All Material Success.
Steel Magnate Andrew Carnegie commissioned a man by the name of Napoleon Hill to seek out the richest and most successful people across the land to discover the true secret of success.
Can you guess what his final assessment was? If you guessed self-discipline, you’d be right.
Affirmation 24: Self-Discipline is Self-Love, and I Love Myself.
When you practice self-discipline you are practicing self-love. It counts as self-love because every act of self-discipline is a testament to yourself and the world, that your dreams and goals matter, and that you are deserving of them.
Affirmation 25: All Things are Possible With Self-Discipline.
Theodore Roosevelt believed this truth to its core. And without a doubt he effectively demonstrated the power one can wield and the accomplishments one can reach if they too live by this truth.
Final Thoughts on These Discipline Affirmations.
There you have it, 25 effective discipline affirmations that will actually work. Of course, for them to work for you, you’ll have to use them. And consistency is key.
Remember, affirmations are a proven practice of self-improvement because of their power to rewire our brains. Just like exercise helps us mold our physical fitness, affirmations help us mold our psychological fitness.
So, bookmark this page, and use these discipline affirmations often. Because repeating affirmations is what will ultimately help you reprogram your unconscious mind to create the god-like self-discipline you’re after.
Till next time,
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100+ SELF-DISCIPLINE QUOTES TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE UNLIMITED SUCCESS
Self-discipline may just be one of the world’s best kept secrets when it comes to success. Countless people who’ve accomplished many of their goals or have achieved meaningful success in various aspects of their lives, typically give credit to their self-discipline when asked, ‘how they did it?’ So, we’ve decided to pull together some of the absolute best self-discipline quotes of all-time.
Our hope is that these discipline quotes will permeate your mind with one of the best kept secrets of some of the world’s highest achievers. We also hope that they’ll inspire you to believe, that with enough self-discipline, you too can achieve the impossible. So, if you’re ready for one of the most comprehensive lists of self-discipline quotes, then let’s dive in:
BEST 100+ SELF-DISCIPLINE QUOTES
1. “The great master key to riches is nothing more or less than the self-discipline necessary to help you take full and complete possession of your own mind.” – Napoleon Hill
2. “With self-discipline, most anything is possible.” – Theodore Roosevelt
3. “We do today what they won’t, so tomorrow we can accomplish what they can’t.” – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
4. “Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as a punishment. And that’s the difference.” – Lou Holtz
5. “A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” – Dalai Lama
6. “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” – George Washington
7. “The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.” – E.M. Gray
8. “The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline.” – Bum Philips
9. “Success is a result of daily disciplines compounded over time.” – Darren Hardy
10. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn
11. “There is no easy way. There is only hard work, late nights, early mornings, practice, rehearsal, repetition, study, sweat, blood, toil, frustration, and discipline.” – Jocko Willink
12. “We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment.” – Jim Rohn
13. “I could only achieve success in my life through self-discipline, and I applied it until my wish and my will became one.” – Nikola Tesla
14. “Self-command is the main discipline.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
15. “Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” – Lou Holtz
16. “One discipline always leads to another discipline.” – Jim Rohn
17. “He who lives without discipline dies without honor.” Icelandic Proverb
18. “The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.” – William Arthur Ward
19. “You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius
20. “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” – Abraham Lincoln
21. “Confidence comes from discipline and training.” – Robert Kiyosaki
22. “Success is a matter of understanding and religiouly practicing specific simple habits that always lead to success.” – Robert J. Ringer
23. “No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself.” – William Penn
24. “Most talk about ‘super-geniuses’ is nonsense. I have found that when ‘stars’ drop out, successors are usually at hand to fill their places, and the successors are merely men who have learned by application and self-discipline to get full production from an average, normal brain.”- Charles M. Schwab
25. “Success doesn’t just happen. You have to be intentional about it, and that takes discipline.” – John C. Maxwell
26. “Discipline is the foundation of a successful and happy life.” – Anonymous
27. “True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.” – Mortimer J. Adler
28. “Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.” – Thucydides
29. “You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself…the height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment. …And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.” – Leonardo da Vinci
30. “The first and greatest victory is to conquer self.” – Plato
31. “We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause.” – Steven Pressfield
32. “One painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier.” – Hellen Keller
33. “Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.” – Abraham J. Heschel
34. “Do not consider painful what is good for you.” – Euripides
35. “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” – Jim Rohn
36. “Those who have nothing have only their discipline.” – Alain Badiou
37. “It is time to reverse this prejudice against conscious effort and to see the powers we gain through practice and discipline as eminently inspiring and even miraculous.” – Robert Greene
38. “With this magic ingredient, you can accomplish anything and everything you want to, and it is called self-discipline.” – Brian Tracy
39. “Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.” – Thomas Jefferson
40. “Great leaders always have self-discipline — without exception.” – John C. Maxwell
41. “Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind-you could call it character in action.” – Vince Lombardi
42. “Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” – Clint Eastwood
43. “Success is actually a short race – a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over.” – Gary Keller
44. “By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.” – Grenville Kleiser
45. “Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.” – Seneca
46. “He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
47. “It is not enough to have great qualities; We should also have the management of them.” – La Rochefoucauld
48. “Discipline really means our ability to get ourselves to do things when we don’t want to.” – Arden Mahlberg
49. “Your level of success is determined by your level of discipline and perseverance.” – Anonymous
50. “That aim in life is highest which requires the highest and finest discipline.” – Henry David Thoreau
Ready To Go Out and Conquer The World Yet?
We don’t know about you, but after reading through these first 50 discipline quotes, we are about ready to go out and conquer the world. But don’t stop reading just yet on our account.
By all means, continue pounding your mind with these last 50 self-discipline quotes. Let them saturate your mind so you can go forth and be victorious with your renewed levels of self-discipline!
51. “Self-discipline is about controlling your desires and impulses while staying focused on what needs to get done to achieve your goal.” – Adam Sicinski
52. “Discipline yourself to do the things you need to do when you need to do them, and the day will come when you will be able to do the things you want to do when you want to do them.” – Zig Ziglar
53. “All successes begin with self-discipline. It starts with you.” – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
54. “Self-discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.” – Joseph Addison
55. “The more disciplined you become, the easier life gets.” – Steve Pavlina
56. “The center of bringing any dream into fruition, is self-discipline.” – Will Smith
57. “Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.” – Elbert Hubbard
58. “In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves…self-discipline with all of them came first.” – Harry S. Truman
59. “If it were easy to walk the path of self-discipline, we wouldn’t gain much from it.” – Glenn C. Stewart
60. “Discipline is built by consistently performing small acts of courage.” – Robin Sharma
61. “Discipline is the ability to control our conduct by principle rather than by social pressure.” – Glenn C. Stewart
62. “Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.” – Abraham J. Heschel
63. “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
64. “Discipline is the silent force at work that breeds success. It requires only one thing; that you sacrifice time in things you enjoy.” – Anonymous
65. “We don’t have to be smarter than the rest; we have to be more disciplined than the rest.” – Warren Buffett
66. “Never believe a promise from a man or woman who has no discipline. They have broken a thousand promises to themselves, and they break their promise for you.” – Matthew Kelly
67. “If the self-discipline of the free cannot match the iron discipline of the mailed fist-in economic, political, scientific and all other kinds of struggles as well as the military-then the peril to freedom will continue to rise.” – John F. Kennedy
68. “Self-discipline is the root quality that will improve every aspect of your life.” – Jocko Willink
69. “Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.” – Mike Ditka
70. “Self-control is strength, right thought is mastery, calmness is power.” – James Allen
71. “Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.” – John C. Maxwell
72. “Discipline without freedom is tyranny. Freedom without discipline is chaos.” – Cullen Hightower
73. “By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.” – Grenville Kleiser
74. “Self-discipline is a self-enlarging process.” – M. Scott Peck
75. “Self control is the key to self esteem and self confidence.” – Laurance McGraw V
76. “Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.” – Michel De Montaigne
77. “Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.” – John C. Maxwell
78. “Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
79. “If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind.” – Lao Tzu
80. “Self-discipline creates a brighter tomorrow.” – Anonymous
81. “Success is created through the performance of a few small daily disciplines that stack up over time to produce achievements far beyond anything you could of ever planned for. Failure, on the other hand, is just as easy to slip into. Failure’s is nothing more than the inevitable outcome of a few small acts of daily neglect performed consistently over time so that they take you past the point of no return.” – Robin Sharma
82. “Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today’s actions to tomorrow’s results. There’s a season for sowing a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which.” – Gary Ryan Blair
83. “Self-discipline begins with the mastery of thought. If you do not control your thoughts, you cannot control your needs. Self-discipline calls for a balancing of the emotions of your heart with the reasoning faculty of your head.” – Napoleon Hill
84. “Trophies should go to the winners. Self-esteem does not lead to success in life. Self-discipline and self-control do, and sports can help teach those.” – Roy Baumeister
85. “It’s all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.” – Mick Jagger
86. “The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might and force of habit. He must be quick to break those habits that can break him—and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires.” – J. Paul Getty
87. “It is better to conquer self than to win a thousand battles.” – Buddha
88. “The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.” – Vince Lombardi
89. “Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
90. “If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.” – William Feather
91. “When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself.” – Albert Einstein
92. “No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick
93. “It’s never crowded along the extra mile.” – Wayne Dyer
94. “I think self-discipline is something, it’s like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.” Daniel Goldstein
95. “Self-discipline is the magic power that makes you virtually unstoppable.” – Dan Kennedy
96. “He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.” – Jyrus
97. “It doesn’t matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general: The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline.” – Harvey Mackay
98. “I don’t count my sit-ups, I only start counting when it starts hurting, when I feel pain, that’s when I start counting, cause that’s when it really counts.” – Muhammad Ali
99. “What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not do.” – Aristotle
100. “Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao Tzu
101. “I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.” – Aristotle
102. “Rule your mind or it will rule you.” – Horace
103. “Self-discipline is the center of all material success. You can’t win the war against the world if you can’t win the war against your own mind.” – Will Smith
104. “In this life there are countless trails to self-realization, though most demand intense discipline, so very few take them.” – David Goggins
105. “If I want to be great I have to win the victory over myself…self-discipline.” – Harry S. Truman
106. “What we do upon some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are: and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.” – H.P. Liddon
107. “The pain of discipline weighs ounces, but the pain of regret weighs tons.” – Darren Hardy
108. “Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.” – Roy L. Smith
109. “Self-discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don’t talk back.” – W.K. Hope
110. “Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but nonetheless doing it like you love it.” – Mike Tyson
111. “There is no magic wand that can resolve our problems. The solution rests with our work and discipline.” – Jose Eduardo Dos Santos
112. “There is no luck except where there is discipline.” – Irish Proverb
113. “Discipline is consistency of action.” – James C. Collins
114. “Discipline is wisdom and vice versa.” – M. Scott Peck
115. “Self-discipline is the No.1 delineating factor between the rich, the middle class, and the poor.” – Robert Kiyosaki
116. “Self-Discipline means living your life the hard way: resisting temptations and instant gratification, in order to receive bigger and better rewards in the future.” – Martin Meadows
117. “The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.” – Ryan Holiday
118. “Self-discipline is easy when you have a vision that pulls you.” – Nathan Lee Morales
119. “There are two disciplines in life. There is the pain of discipline and the pain of disappointment. If you can handle the pain of discipline, then you’ll never have to deal with the pain of disappointment.” – Nick Saban
120. “Self-discipline is the architect of accomplishment.” – The STRIVE
121. “The first step to getting rich requires discipline. If you really want to be rich, you need to find the discipline.” – Mark Cuban
Bonus Discipline Quote
Bonus: Alright, here is our last and final discipline quote which we decided to include as a bonus because it does such a good job hitting the nail on the head when it comes to self-discipline. Enjoy!
Achieve More With These Discipline Quotes
We all know what we want, we just don’t like the uncomfortable pain it takes to obtain those things we want most. Unfortunately, when we shrug off discipline, we shrug off our ability to reach our goals. In a sense, we fail.
And although it may not seem like a big fail, if we let enough of those little failures compound over time, they will eventually turn into the types of big failures that we all want to avoid.
Our hope is that this list of self-discipline quotes will help you avoid such failure, because what is failure but a consequence of a long list of accrued little failures which happen as a result of too little discipline. Brian Tracy once said….
Now, we can either develop the habit of neglect, or the habit of progress and growth. So, let’s develop the habit that can and will create your better tomorrow, let’s develop the habit of self-discipline.
With that being said, we hope these quotes on self-discipline serve you in creating the habit of self-discipline. Let them guide you towards becoming your very best and achieving the success you’re chasing after.
Till you reach your aims,
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