Success starts with Self-discipline. It starts with You.
“You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself.”-Jim Whittaker.
Mountain climbers like Jim who’ve stood on top of majestic peaks couldn't have done so without self-discipline, as the perils that they faced on their climb would have undoubtedly taken their toll. In fact, regardless of the grade you aspire to climb, you need discipline to reach your mega goals and maximize experience.
Self-discipline is the ability to do what you know you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not. It is the mental tool you use to battle resistance. It is the power to say: this is what I really want in life. This is how I would get it and if I have to give up some other thing I will, because it will be worth it in the long run.
Learners who are highly self-disciplined may be able to better focus on long-term goals and make better choices related to academic engagement. Learners with a strong sense of self-discipline significantly out perform their less-disciplined peers on a range of work culture indicators. It is for these reasons that it is one of the important requirements for achieving goals required for better learning.
At Learngage, my research found that willpower and self-discipline can be learnt. If we’re not naturally disciplined about our work schedules or meeting deadlines, are we destined for mediocrity? Fortunately, not.
Here’s a look at the habits that highly disciplined people use to excel personally and professionally.
1. Self-disciplined people exercise delayed gratification
Not having to use self-control is actually the best way to be good at self-control, because people have limited willpower and you don’t want to have to be using it all day. Due to delayed gratification a person is careful in his use of words while talking, his behavior etc. avoiding himself from being entangled in silly problems. This way he also builds good relations with people.
2. They break goals into smaller parts
Whether training to learn a new concept or trying to meet a major work deadline, self-disciplined people understand the importance of mini milestones. When it comes to satisfaction and motivation in the day-to-day process, their perception of velocity toward their goals is more important than their distance from the goals. Those lacking self-discipline might get discouraged because they don’t seem to be progressing towards that loftier goal.
3. They follow through
When self-disciplined people are ready for career change, for instance, they’re proactive about tapping their networks or hiring a career coach. Once they get advice, they’re more likely to run with it. The self-disciplined person will take those steps and follow through on them.
4. Get things done and be stress free
Being self-disciplined helps get things done faster and in time. Though some things happen late due to other factors, still one with self-discipline gets them done faster than others. So this leads to peace of mind and keeps one happy.
5. Have more time in a day
A self-disciplined person has more time in a day than an undisciplined person. So more time means there are more chances to get extra work done. This leads to better productivity and ample room for more creativity at work.
“Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”―H. Jackson Brown Jr.
By focusing on long-term benefits instead of short-term discomfort, you should encourage yourself to develop self-discipline. Self-discipline must be so embedded in you that it becomes a part of your identity and lifestyle. Without that union, nothing worthwhile or lasting can be achieved.