Put simply, self-discipline is having the will power to be doing what you are supposed to be doing.
What you are supposed to be doing isn’t always the most attractive way to spend your time, however, when you are reaching for new heights, at some point you need to get down and do the dirty work.
There are always opportunities to fill your time with activities that aren’t helping you get to where you want to be. As technologies advance, the importance of self-discipline is becoming even more relevant. Now more than ever, and an unlimited amount of distractions and temptations can be accessed at any time of the day.
If you find yourself struggling to be self-disciplined, there is a good chance you are confused with what it is that you are working towards. What you are working towards is also known as your big-picture goals.
Being self-disciplined will help you by:
- resisting temptations
- increasing your focus
- remaining motivated
- promoting a balanced lifestyle
- developing relationships with family and friends
- improving your health
- achieving your goals more quickly
- becoming the best version of yourself
Below, we review these eight reasons in detail and explain why self-discipline is important and can help you to focus on, and achieve, your big-picture goals.
1. Self-Discipline Helps You Resist Temptations
There always have been, and there will always be temptations.
Temptations are meant to lure you away from what it is that is correct, or what it is that you are supposed to be doing.
When your mind is left to wander, you allow yourself to imagine where you might end up if you were to give in to your temptations. There is often a negative implication associated with temptations, which can usually result in you finding yourself in some trouble.
However, being self-disciplined allows you to resist the temptations that you find your mind questioning. Recognizing that you have big-picture goals, you are more likely to have the will power to say ‘No’ to what may appear like the more attractive option in the short-term.
2. Self-Discipline Increases Your Focus
When you are self-disciplined, you have the ability to remain focused on the task at hand. There will always be distractions and temptations around you.
However, when you are self-disciplined, you recognize the importance of the activity you are working on. You also recognize that the hard work you are putting in will play a larger role in what you are trying to achieve.
Remaining focused is half the battle. When you have a clear understanding of your goals and plan to achieve them, you have the self-discipline to stay focused and keep pursuing your dreams. When others are making excuses or looking for reasons to quit, you continue to be focused and work tirelessly.
3. Self-Disciplines Helps You To Remain Motivated When You Aren’t Seeing Results
It is tough to remain motivated when you don’t see any results for your hard work, or when you are stuck in a routine that doesn’t promote happiness or fulfillment. There will always be those days, regardless of where you are at in your life.
However, you will find it easier to remain motivated when you can be more disciplined in how you choose to spend your time. When you are disciplined with your time, it helps to keep you engaged in the activity you are taking part in.
Too much of anything is a bad thing and can lead to you being unmotivated with your approach to various aspects of your life. As mentioned in more detail in the next section, you should strive to live a balanced life as it helps to increase your motivation.
4. Self-Discipline Helps To Promote A Balanced Lifestyle
Self-discipline is having the ability to be doing what you are supposed to be doing, it doesn’t always mean you should be hard at work.
Like anything in life, balance is important, and being self-disciplined helps to promote a balanced lifestyle.
Without having time set aside to relax, to laugh, to have fun, to spend time with family and friends, you will quickly begin to burn out. Productivity will decrease, your motivation won’t be as a high as it once was and your outlook might begin to be less optimistic.
While having fun and taking breaks is important, when you are self-disciplined, you are able to hold yourself accountable for how you go about doing those things.
An example could include scheduling in a break from work but getting back to the task that needs completing when the break time is over. Or maybe you are disciplined about the time you go to bed each night, so you put yourself in the best possible position to have a productive day tomorrow.
Life is about balance, your ability to be self-disciplined helps to promote a life with balance.
5. Self-Discipline Improves The Relationships With Those In Your Life
Self-discipline will also enable you to have better relationships with the various people in your life. You recognize the importance of a friendship or a family member and have the discipline to keep these relationships thriving.
Instead of canceling plans last minute, you recognize the importance of the friendships you have and make the time for them. Furthermore, you are more present and engaged when you are with friends and family.
You have the self-discipline to listen and be supportive, instead of being distracted by your surroundings or constantly checking your smartphone.
Others will recognize the discipline you have in regards to your relationship with them and work to reciprocate.
6. Self-Discipline Enables You To Be Healthier
Having the will power to be self-disciplined can also help with other aspects of your life such as health and fitness.
Maybe more so than other areas of your life, remaining healthy requires you to take action. You need to make consistent positive decisions to produce the best results.
Self-discipline in regards to health and fitness is apparent in various different ways. It can include:
- having the ability to stick to a healthy diet to reduce foods high in fat or sugar
- drinking more water as it helps keep you hydrated and improve the effectiveness of several bodily processes
- being disciplined to exercise regularly to promote an active lifestyle and improve the health of your heart and lungs
7. Self-Discipline Allows You To Achieve Your Goals More Quickly
Being self-disciplined is important because it helps you achieve your goals more quickly. You are able to get more done each day because you are disciplined about your timelines.
Distractions play a minimal role in your life because you are focused on your goals and what you are working to achieve. A lack of distractions means more time for the activities and people that matter to you such as exercise, friendships, hobbies, or spiritual beliefs.
As a result, you live a more balanced lifestyle which increases your productivity when it comes time to put in the work that will help to reach your goals.
Finally, being self-disciplined helps to improve your overall focus towards what it is that you are working on. When you are focused, you can efficiently and effectively complete tasks. This enables you to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time.
8. Self-Discipline Helps You To Be The Best Version Of Yourself
There are several factors that can help you become the best version of yourself, but self-discipline is definitely amongst the important ones.
When you can be disciplined with your actions, you can hold yourself accountable to living the life that you want to.
It promotes a balanced lifestyle that encourages you to pursue your goals with structure, make time for those that are important, and remain healthy so you are physically able to chase after your dreams.
The realization that there are 86,400 seconds each day. What are you doing today, so that tomorrow you are a step closer to where you want to be? If not now, then when?
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