Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
There are many important qualities that can contribute to a person’s achievements and happiness, but there is only one that begets sustainable, long term success in all aspects of life – self discipline. Whether in terms of your diet, fitness, work ethic, or relationships, self discipline is the number one trait needed to accomplish goals, lead a healthy lifestyle, and ultimately, to be happy.
Self discipline is the ability to do what you know you should do, whether you feel like it or not. It is the ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it. Self discipline involves acting according to what you think instead of how you feel in the moment.
Self discipline is closely related to the concept of delayed gratification. By delaying the ‘feel good’ factor now, you can experience an even bigger ‘feel great’ factor at a later point in time.
The self disciplined subjects are more capable of dealing with goal conflicts. These people spent less time debating whether to indulge in behaviors detrimental to their health, and were able to make positive decisions more easily. The self disciplined did not allow their choices to be dictated by impulses or feelings. Instead, they made informed, rational decisions on a daily basis without feeling overly stressed or upset.
Self discipline is a learned behavior. It requires practice and repetition in your day-to-day life. Start with small steps and by learning about yourself: what motivates you and what your bad triggers are. Train yourself to enjoy what you are doing by being energized. Once you have decided what’s important to you, establish a daily routine that will help you achieve them.