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10 SUPER EFFECTIVE WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY AT WORK

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How to Improve Productivity At Work

In our busy modern society, it is important to be highly productive and do more in a shorter period of time. People nowadays strive to make the most out of a limited time period. This is where time management comes into play.

If you feel like you don’t have enough time to deal with all your duties and responsibilities, it is high time to consider improving your productivity. Here is a list of 10 simple pieces of advice that will help you work more effectively and spend less time on each task. Check it out!

What Does It Mean To Be Productive?

No matter what your position at work is and what your responsibilities are, you are probably looking for ways to be more productive. But what does it mean?

Completing more tasks or working longer doesn’t mean to be more productive. Instead, being a more efficient employer means to achieve vivid results in a shorter period of time while still having enough time for yourself, your friends, relatives, and hobbies. High productivity means working smarter, not harder!

What Is Time Management?

Time management is a way of organizing your time in a way to be capable of getting more tasks done in less time. It doesn’t mean work harder: it means work smarter. Poor time management skills lead to a decrease in effectiveness and can even cause stress or, in the worst case, depression. 

It is important to develop time management skills to be able to work effectively under pressure and in tight timeframes. If you are always busy and don’t have enough time for your hobbies, friends, or family, it means that your focus is wrong. Here is a nice blog post at Forbes with time management tips that will help you improve your life.

What happens when your time management skills are not developed?

  • poor quality of the work done
  • missed deadlines
  • bad reputation at work
  • less time for your hobbies
  • stress
  • lost career

I have prepared a list of effective ways to improve the effectiveness at work. By implementing them in your life, you’ll find more time for yourself. Follow the below-mentioned tips to increase your productivity.  

10 Effective Ways To Boost Productivity at Work

Here are ways that help boost productivity that I have tried myself. If to start doing these things at work today, you’ll see the vivid results and increase in your effectiveness only after two or three weeks!

1. Set Deadlines For Yourself

If you promise yourself to finish a certain task until Wednesday noon, you’ll see how easy it is to work when you have the right focus. When working with no set deadlines, you postpone everything till it is too late, you are completely stressed out, your boss is angry, and you don’t have enough time to deal with the task while retaining the high quality of the work done. If a project doesn’t have any clear timelines, set it to yourself. Think about how much time you might need to finish the task. It might be better to break the project into the few stages and set deadlines for each of them. By doing so, you’ll see that you have enough time and effort to deal with all the scope of work when you manage your time in the right way and watch the clock! 

You can also develop another habit: move on to the next time when the time you have set to yourself is over. In such a way you’ll learn to work faster and not get distracted during work time. But be honest with yourself: set realistic time-frames! One more tip: reward yourself after finishing the project within a deadline. For example, buy yourself a new outfit or go out for dinner. 

2. Exercise During Breaks 

Exercising is crucial for people who sit in front of the computer for the whole working day. And exercising during work is even better, as it improves your productivity! Do a few exercises during coffee breaks, just a few simple ones. Don’t forget to walk outside a lot and go to the gym when you have free time. Your head will become clearer and you’ll be able to improve your concentration at work.  

3. Eliminate Things That Distract You 

What things distract you during work? Mobile phone calls, text messages, emails, colleagues with their questions are probably on this list. Answering messages or talking with colleagues steal your time. Just think that while reading an unrelated article you have found on the web, you are able to deal with a whole task! Get rid of all the distractions when working and you’ll see the great increase in your productivity!

4. Use Third-Party Services To Leverage Your Time

Sometimes you have to deal with tasks that can be handled by third-party services faster and with higher quality. I don’t mean your duties and responsibilities. I mean tasks you are not proficient at but have to complete anyway. 

Let’s imagine that your boss asked you to write a resume. Of course, you can cope with this task yourself. But why spend time and effort on the thing you are not qualified at? You can spend this time on your direct responsibilities and finish all the projects before the deadline. In such cases, I recommend using the assistance of third-party services. For one, you can use services like Resume Get for writing your CV.  

5. Complete The Most Difficult Tasks First

Complete the task that frustrates you the most the first. You’ll see that you are feeling much better and nothing is worrying you during the rest of the day. Deal with small tasks, like checking emails, later. Instead, I recommend you to do the difficult tasks first, as in the morning you have more energy and strength!

6. Avoid Multitasking

You have probably heard thousands of times that multitasking is a super-cool skill that will benefit you during your career a lot. However, it is not. While many people consider multitasking a vital ability for a successful employee, psychologists have investigated that the attempt to do several tasks at once only results in the loss of both time and productivity. This happens because you can’t really concentrate on one thing at a time and, as a result, you perform your duties with a lower quality. You can also forget about some elements of this or that task when implementing multitasking into your work. 

What to do instead? You should develop a habit to deal with one task at a time before moving to something else. Try and you’ll see how your productivity grows! 

7. Create To-Do Lists

At the end of the day, create a to-do list for tomorrow. Think about what has to be completed tomorrow. Are there any deadlines? Do you have any meetings? Where do you have to go? By creating a small to-do list the night before, you’ll be able to organize your time effectively and don’t forget about the most important tasks. Don’t forget to add something when needed, cross out or delete items from your to-do list. In such a way you’ll see how much you have already accomplished and you’ll be more motivated.  

You can also add the most important tasks to the Google calendar or your smartphone to get notifications. 

8. Organize Your Working Place

Throw away the unnecessary piles of paper from your desk and organize all the other documents carefully. The unpleasant environment can be a huge barrier to the increase in your productivity. When everything is in order, you are optimizing your time greatly and don’t need to spend much time looking for the necessary thing. This concerns your personal computer as well.    

9. Increase Your Typing Speed

By improving the typing speed you can really save your time. There special online games that will help you learn to type faster. Here are some of them:

However, learn to type faster in your free time and don’t do this instead of completing your tasks!

10. Improve Your Communication Skills

Poor communication skills are a great barrier to your success and it can decrease your productivity at work. How might this happen? For example, your messages may be unclear and misunderstood. As a result, the work won’t be done as it should because of the confusion.

Here are a few tips to help you improve your communication skills:

  • sound professional
  • don’t forget about eye contact and gestures
  • listen attentively
  • explain the desired results in detail
  • share your opinion regarding the task implementation
  • always ask if your message is clear
  • provide enough details to eliminate confusion or misunderstanding
  • set deadlines
  • be open to the other’s opinion
  • discuss potential challenges
  • talk about the progress

BONUS: More Effective Tips to Boost Productivity at Work

  • Back up your work.
  • Find your most productive hours.
  • Take regular breaks.
  • Avoid procrastination.
  • Plan the meetings, write down what you are going to talk about, prepare a plan.
  • Regularly ask for feedback.
  • Work on your professional skills and competencies.
  • Study all the time!
  • Always finish what you have started.
  • Learn to say ‘No’.
  • Don’t try to be perfect.

Start Improving Your Productivity Today!

I hope that these tips will help you improve your productivity at work. All you need is to develop a habit of following at least some of them. I must also admit that this is highly personal, and things that have helped me might be inefficient for you. Choose, try, and find the ways that suit you best. Organize and plan your time in a smart way and your career will be successful!

What are your best productivity tips? What do you usually do to boost your effectiveness at work? Share in comments!

Till next time,

STRIVE


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Barbara Elliott is a content manager and proofreader at the international company. She likes writing different motivational articles for teens and young people who want to find themselves and improve their skills. Barbara also works as an English teacher at kindergarten.

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100+ SELF-DISCIPLINE QUOTES TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE SUCCESS

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Self-discipline; the real ‘secret’ to success.  If ever there were a true magical ingredient to achieve success, self-discipline would be it. In fact, Andrew Carnegie, who was one of the richest men in modern history, 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.

“Self-Discipline Attracts Opportunity”

Can you guess what the common denominator was in Napoleon Hill’s decades long study of what lead to success? If you guessed self-discipline, you’d be right.  Napoleon Hill ultimately concluded that self-discipline is truly THE starting point of all great achievements.

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. Self-discipline is indeed, the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

Goals to Discipline Quote

Unfortunately, this is a truth that has also been ignored by way too many people to the detriment of their accomplishments.

But, we are firm believers that self-discipline attracts opportunity.  We believe that if you use discipline to develop your skills and make a disciplined effort towards your ambitions, there is no doubt that exciting opportunities will inevitably open up for you.

Self-discipline, without a doubt, leads to triumph, which is why we’ve rounded up this list of the absolute best self-discipline quotes of all-time. Our hope is that these quotes will help tattoo in your mind with the real secret behind achieving staggering success, so you can get on with achieving yours.

BEST 100+ SELF-DISCIPLINE QUOTES

Best Discipline Quotes

1. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn

2. “If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind.” – Lao Tzu

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. “Discipline is the soul of an army.  It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” – George Washington

6. “A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” – Dalai Lama

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. “With self-discipline, most anything is possible.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Discipline Quotes - Most Anything Possible by Roosevelt

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. “One discipline always leads to another discipline.” – Jim Rohn

16.  “Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” – Lou Holtz

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. “Self-discipline is the No.1 delineating factor between the rich, the middle class, and the poor.” – Robert Kiyosaki

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21. “Confidence comes from discipline and training.” – Robert Kiyosaki

22. “Success is a matter of understanding and religiously practicing specific simple habits that always lead to success.” – Robjert J. Ringer

23. “Success doesn’t just happen.  You have to be intentional about it, and that takes discipline.” – John C. Maxwell

24. “No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself.” – William Penn

25. “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

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

Self-Discipline Quote by 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. “Those who have nothing have only their discipline.”  – Alain Badiou

36. “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” – Jim Rohn

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

Great Leaders Discipline Quote

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. “He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

46.  “Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.” – Seneca

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

Henry David Thoreau Self-Discipline Quote

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 center of bringing any dream into fruition, is self-discipline.” – Will Smith

56. “The more disciplined you become, the easier life gets.” – Steve Pavlina

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

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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

Self-Control Quote by 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. “Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.” – Michel De Montaigne

76.  “Self control is the key to self esteem and self confidence.” – Laurance McGraw V 

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. “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

80. “It’s all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.” – Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger Discipline Quote

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 creates a brighter tomorrow.”  – Anonymous

84. 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

85. “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

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

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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. “He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.” – Jyrus

96. “Self-discipline is the magic power that makes you virtually unstoppable.” – Dan Kennedy

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

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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. “Self-discipline is the architect of accomplishment.” – The STRIVE

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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 choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” – Abraham Lincoln

114. “Discipline is consistency of action.” – James C. Collins

115. “Discipline is wisdom and vice versa.” – M. Scott Peck

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. “Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but nonetheless doing it like you love it.” – Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson Discipline Quote

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!

“Discipline Equals Freedom.”

Jocko Willink

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.  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….

“The Habit of Self-Discipline Virtually Guarantees Your Success in Life.”

Now, we can either develop the habit of losing, or the habit of winning. So, let’s develop the habit of winning, 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 more success.

Till you reach your aims,

STRIVE

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15 BEST BOOKS TO BUILD SELF-DISCIPLINE AND MASTER SELF-CONTROL (2023)

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Best Books on Discipline

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

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.

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.

THE CAUSE?

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

Self Discipline Books

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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.

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2. Mastery

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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12. Self-Discipline

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Discipline Equals Freedom

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,

STRIVE

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.

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10 WAYS TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS IN 2023

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How to Achieve Your Goals

Setting goals is a crucial part of success. No matter what you want to achieve in life, be it in your career, relationships, or in business, identifying what you want to achieve and then making a plan to move toward that destination is one of the most important steps of all.

When you know what you want and the exact outcome you desire, you can then create a plan and take action to get there. This is why setting goals works. Extraordinary people are able to produce amazing results in life because they have a clear goal that they want to achieve in mind. They know what they want, and then they get to work on their goals, every single day.

With that being said, if you want to master yourself, achieve greater results in life, and ultimately make your dreams a reality, you’ll need to learn how to set and achieve your goals. So, here the top 10 ways to achieve your goals in 2023. Enjoy!

Top 10 Ways To Achieve Your Goals This Year

Tips to Achieve Your Goals

1. Always Keep Your Goals in Your Mind

One of the most common reasons why some people fail at their goals while others succeed at them, is that those who successfully achieved their goals are really adept at keeping their goals top of mind.

Of course, this is easier said than done. But, it is backed up by the one of the most well-known success phrases of all-time…“You become what you think about most of the time”. It’s a phrase that conveys the fact that your life is organized around your thoughts. Hence, your dominant thoughts will determine how you will live your life.

If you always think about having not enough money, guess what, you will not be having enough money. You will find it hard to come up with extra money and there are always more days left at the end of the money.

Your thoughts dictate your life. Tony Robbins once said, “Where you focus goes, energy flows”, thus, if you always think about your goals and focus on them, that’s what you will create in your life. So, always choose to consciously think about your goals.

This is why you need to write down your goals, review them, visualize them, and see yourself achieve them. Make a vision board for your goals if you want to.

2. Make Sure Your Goals Align With Your Inner Values

Next up on the list of top 10 ways to achieve your goals is to ensure they align with your values. Yes, you have to make sure your goals align with your inner values. You don’t want to set a goal that is not in harmony with your values.

For example, if you are someone who values security more than adventure, setting a goal like traveling alone around the world may not work for you. Even if you force yourself to do it, you will not enjoy the progress and the experience.

Here’s another example, many people set income goals. And if money isn’t their main purpose, their goals will never work. They will find it hard to come up with the drive to put themselves into action and they will find ways to sabotage their own success.

This is what happens when your goals conflict with your values. Instead, learn to set goals that align with your inner values. Set goals that make your heart sing.

Related: Goal Setting Mistakes to Avoid

3. Make Your Goals Measurable

Are your goals measurable? Most people set very general and vague goals like, “I want to become rich”, or “I want to be happy”, etc., but these goals are vague, and they are not measurable.

Let me ask you, if your goal is to live a happy life, how do you know when you have achieved it? That’s the problem. When your goal isn’t measurable, you will never know when you have reached it.

So, make your goals quantifiable. Make them measurable so that you can tell when you have reached them. Plus, when something is measurable, you can then come up with a specific action plan to achieve it.

If your goals are not measurable, you will work day and night without knowing if you have reached them.

4. Identify the Lead Measures

Lead measure is an important measure of your goals. Most people focus on their main target or the results they want, but they don’t focus on their lead measures, and this is why they fail.

Your lead measures are the measures that directly impact the results of your goals.

For instance, if your goal is to lose weight, the two main lead measures are exercise and diet. How much time do you spend to exercise each week? And do you track your diet and calorie intake?

You see, these two measures will directly impact your goal of losing weight. If you want to achieve your goal, then all you need to do is to focus on the two lead measures: exercise and diet.

And you hit your exercise and diet target, you will automatically reach your weight loss goal.

Here’s another classic example. If you want to increase your sales, what should you do? You focus on prospecting and presentation. The more prospects you present to, the higher your number of sales. Therefore, the number of prospects you approach, and sales presentation you deliver are the two lead measures you must work on.

When you achieved your lead measure goals, you will achieve your main goal, which is to increase your sales. So, focus and work on the lead measures.

5. Focus on Making Progress

Next, don’t always think about your goals and the results, when it comes to maintaining your momentum, you need to focus on making progress.

As a blogger, one of my goals is to build a huge responsive subscribers list from my blog. But if I focus on the result, the number of subscribers I get each day, I’m going to fail. Why? When I first started, my blog is new and there are no visitors and subscribers.

So, if I think about my goal of having a ton of subscribers, I will feel dejected, lose my motivation, and eventually give up on my blog. Instead, I choose to focus on making progress.

I know that if I want to grow my subscribers, I will need to publish new articles consistently. Hence, I focus on publishing content. Every time I published a new article, I celebrate and reward myself. I feel good about it and it drives me to continue publishing new content.

And so, day after day, I make progress. And slowly, the number of visitors to my blog increases, and the same goes for my number of subscribers.

Can you notice the difference? Having a goal is important, but to achieve your goal, you need to make progress. Hence, it is more important to focus on the progress than to only think about your goals and do nothing.

Let your progress motivate you and get you to your goals.

6. Work on Improving Yourself Every Day

There is no way you can achieve your goals if you don’t improve yourself. You are where you are because of what you know and what you do. If you want to get to a new place, you need to do something different, and that requires you to improve yourself.

I love to give an example of playing games. If the character in your game is at level 3 and you need to fight a level 5 enemy, you will find the enemy difficult to beat. But as you play the game, gain better experience, and level up your character, say to level 8, the same level 5 enemy will be easy to beat.

Therefore, work on improving your level. When the size of you increase, the problem will become a small problem.

It is the size of you that matters, not the size of the problem. If you think you are having a big problem right now, it is because the size of you is small. You must learn to improve yourself so that the problems become no problem for you.

Related: Motivation Journals for Self-Improvement

7. Set Goals That Are Fun and Exciting

Think about it, if something isn’t fun or exciting, will you have the motivation to achieve it? Obviously, the answer is no. But unfortunately, that’s what most people do. They set goals that are not fun or exciting to them.

You have to understand that if you want to achieve your goals, your goals must be fun and exciting so that you will want to wake up each morning and work on them. If your goals are boring and uninspiring, you will choose to continue to sleep than to wake up and chase them.

Set a goal that makes your heart sing. Be passionate about your goals and make sure you are excited when you think, talk, and work on your goals.

8. Make Your Goals Challenging

Besides making your goals fun and exciting, you must also make them challenging. Why? Because that’s the only way you can grow.

You see, Albert Einstein once said, “A ship is safe at the harbor, but that’s not why it is built for.” Your life is meant to be fun, exciting, and challenging. You want to live a remarkable life, isn’t it? Hence, make your goals challenging.

Think about it, if you are currently earning $5,000 a month, making an additional $100 isn’t going to make you jump out of your bed in the morning. What you want is to have a goal that is challenging and inspiring.

You want your goals to force you out of your comfort zone so that you can grow and become someone better, and worthy of the goals.

9. Take Baby Steps Each Day

It doesn’t matter how big your goals or how difficult they are, as long as you take baby steps and make progress each day, you will eventually get to your goals.

The key is in making progress every day. You can’t achieve your goals by thinking about them, you need to do something.

There is a saying, “If you swing the ax five times, every day, eventually the tree will fall.” Yes, no matter how big the tree, if you just swing an ax at it just five times a day, it will eventually fall.

The same principle applies to your life and your goals. As long as you take action and persist in working on your goals every day, you will eventually arrive at your destination.

Therefore, be consistent. Commit to taking at least 5 baby steps each day, and trust me, you will achieve your goals faster than you thought possible.

10. Believe in Your Goals and Trust Yourself That You Can Do It

Last up on this list of the 10 ways to achieve your goals is related to belief. You need to believe in your goals and trust yourself that you can do it. First, you must believe that your goals are possible. And second, you must trust that you can achieve them.

When you truly believe you can achieve your goals, you will do whatever it takes to reach them. Think about why people buy lottery tickets. Well, it is because they believe that they stand a chance to win, right? If you don’t believe you stand a chance to win, you will never bother buying the lottery ticket.

The same goes for your goals. When you believe that you can achieve them, you will do it with a 100% commitment rather than a half-hearted attempt.

Therefore, believe that your goals are possible and trust that you can achieve them.

Conclusion

There is no way you are going to achieve your goals if you all you do is sit there and do nothing. Reading this article is good because it helps you understand what you need to do to achieve the results you want, but until you implement the knowledge and take action, nothing is going to happen.

Hence, don’t just think and daydream about your goals and the success you want. Make this year your best year ever by using these 10 ways to achieve your goals. If you need a little reminder, you can always print out or save the summarized tips for achieving your goals below:

10 Ways to Achieve Your Goals

It is true that this year has been challenging and tough, but if you keep a positive attitude, focus on your goals, and do what is necessary, you can make 2023 a life-transforming year. Use these goal achieving tips to help you.

Till next time,

STRIVE


PS – We hope you enjoyed these top 10 ways to achieve your goals, but never lose sight of this important fact: Achieving goals doesn’t just magically happen. Goal achievement requires a plan. So, if you truly want to make 2023 a life-transforming year, you’ll want to use this to make it happen.

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WHY SELF-CONTROL IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS

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Many people don’t know this, but self-control and success go hand in hand. One is a cause, and the other is an effect. But why? Why is self-control the key to success?

Well, that’s what we aim to convey to you in this article. In fact, we aim to provide you with a handful of researched and science backed reasons as to why self-control and success belong in the same sentence. But, before we do that, we must first define what self-control and success are separately.

As such, the definition of self-control is essentially your ability to adjust and manage your responses in order to avoid undesirable behaviors or results, increase desirable behaviors or results, and achieve long-term aims. What this basically means, is that self-control is related to our ability to resist temptations, and exercise control over our emotions and actions.

And the definition of success is best expressed in the following way; success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or aim. Now, some people may think success means “making it”, becoming a millionaire, retiring early, or becoming the head honcho in your organizations’ hierarchy. And while they would be correct, it would only be partially.

And the reason for this, is because these are merely aspects of success, which typically only have meaning relative to the pursuer. So, the best answer for what success is, is our progressive actualization of our goals, and of course the final realization of our goal.

SELF-CONTROL IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS

Self-Control Is The Key to Success

Success Research

With that being said, here’s what we’ve discovered about the relationship between success and self-control. After conducting research and chronicling the success stories of some of the the most successful and richest people in modern times, we’ve found that one of the key traits they all had amongst themselves was the ability to force themselves to take action on the activities that would lead them closer and closer to their intended aims over time. In other words, what we found was that they all had, heightened levels of self imposed disciplined and control over themselves.[1]

Now, self-discipline and self-control are not 100% the same thing, but they are very much related. Self-discipline is forcing ourselves do to what we set out to do. Whereas self-control is our ability to choose to act or not act on certain impulses that we have. Impulses like staying up later than we should, or sleeping in late, relaxing and taking more time off from productive activity than is necessary, or eating more than our diet recommends.

Similarly, having self-control is our ability to control how we feel, and our ability to choose to take action despite those feelings. And so, self-discipline and self-control, while not exactly the same, are very much related. So much so, that you can’t have one with out the other.

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Self-Control Study

One of the best historical samples that leans on science to show how self-control lends to a person’s ability to succeed, was conducted in 1972. It was a self-control study conducted on a handful of children using marshmallows.[2]

The children were placed in a room, and given the option to have one marshmallow now, or refrain from eating the tasty treat that was placed in front of them by waiting 15 minutes while the researcher was gone, with the promise of getting a second marshmallow when he got back.

Now, the most important aspect of this research was directly related to the follow up studies, which assessed the outcomes of the children that participated in the famed marshmallow study.[3] And the outcomes clearly showed, that the children from the initial study that displayed the most self-control, i.e. (the children who abstained from eating marshmallow) would years later, show greater signs of achievement, both in school, socially, and in life.[4]

Self-control Study

Historical Success Study

Another great example that showcases how self-control and success go hand in hand comes from a historical success study that was initiated by one of the richest men in modern history. The man who kickstarted this study was a famous steel magnate named Andrew Carnegie who accumulated much of his wealth in the early 20th century.

One of Carnegie’s greatest legacies was the commissioning of a man named Napoleon Hill to research and interview the most successful people across the country. And that’s exactly what Napoleon Hill did.

The results of Napoleon Hill’s decades long research culminated into a handful of books that contained the so called key to success. And it’s a key to success that millions of people still rely on to this day.

Napoleon Hill’s ultimate conclusion on what the master key to riches and success were, boiled down to one having the self-control and self-discipline necessary to take full and complete possession of their own minds.[5] In short, self-discipline, self-control and success go hand in hand.

Self-Control and Success Graph

Low self-control leads to low achievement, and low achievement is associated with a lack of success. On the other hand, high self-control correlates with higher rates of achievement, which in turn is typically associated with higher levels of success and well-being.

Why Discipline and Self-Control Lead To Success

Okay, so we have shown that there is a clear link between self-control and success. But, We are sure you are curious why this is the case. So, here is a simple answer. Self-discipline and self-control are the paths to success for the same reason, that the plant you water grows and the one you neglect dies.

Goals, like plants, require a certain level of continuous nourishment in the form of specific decisions, behaviors, and actions that must be delivered on in order for them to be actualized.

No matter what your goal is, or what object of success you are chasing, specific nourishing requirements for each goal. Some goals require massive amounts of commitment and effort, whereas smaller goals require less.

And more often than not, when people set out to achieve a specific level of success, they don’t calculate for the massive amounts of self-discipline and self-control that will be required for them to press on when times get tough, or when they don’t feel like working. So as time goes on, those people who are able to continually move forward on their goals with no loss of enthusiasm and through sheer self-discipline and self-control, eventually reach their aim.

Related: How to Improve Self-Control

Final Thoughts on Self-Control and Success

Is self-control important to success?

Well, here are our final thoughts on self-control and success which we hope answers this question. We have observed and discovered that people with high levels of self-control are generally better at managing their time, they stick to productive activities longer, and they tend to take action more consistently then those with lower levels of self-control.

The self-controlled person also controls their spending habits to avoid frivolous expenditures, and they are good at consistently putting money away towards savings and investments, thus, they tend to also be better off financially than their counterparts who lack self-control.

As such, the self-controlled person will find it easier to achieve more, become more successful, and create more financial stability and riches for themselves.

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With that being said, we’ve explained why self-discipline and self-control almost always leads to success. As such, we hope you’ve gained some value from this post. But most importantly, we hope it has inspired you to want to learn more about how you can improve your own levels of self-control, so you can ultimately find more success in life, whether it’s financially or goal-related.

Till you reach your aims,

STRIVE

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SELF-DISCIPLINE TIPS: THE BEST 7 WAYS TO IMPROVE SELF-DISCIPLINE

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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, require self-discipline. So, while there’s no shortcuts to success, the next best thing is a handful of highly effective self-discipline tips.

“Discipline Is The Bridge Between Goals And Accomplishment.”

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. That said, 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

Best Self-Discipline Tips

1. Set Realistic Goals

Believe it or not, setting a goal is one of the most powerful self-discipline tips you could employ.[1] 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.

Sure, 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, than to choose 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, then just raise the bar 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. This way, we’re not tempted to do it with them.

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. Because when our vices are out of our reach, it’s 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 discipline ourselves when it comes to our well-being, we’ll have an easier time and more energy to actionize our goals.

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.

Final Thoughts

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,

STRIVE

PS – If you enjoyed these self-discipline tips, then you’ll love this article on how to build self-discipline as well.

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