Inspiration, Lifestyle, motivation

What I learned about self-discipline.

Selfdiscipline is the ability to exercise self-control, stick to your decisions and follow through, by working hard in order to achieve your goals. (Personal success).

Those moments you persevere, endure, stay focused, do those things which are right for you (even when you don’t want to), commit to those tasks of yours and see them through to the very end, and finally accomplishing your aim, is determined by how self-disciplined you are.

” With self-discipline, almost anything is possible”.~ Theodore Roosevelt.

Honestly, at the surface, it may seem quite easy. Making decisions, setting goals, or even creating a To-do list isn’t even easy to start with. But they’re a good step towards reaching your goals. The problem actually is FOLLOWING THROUGH.

Achieving anything in life requires a lot of self-discipline. One needs a lot of motivation too. That sorta internal desire and drive plus control!
Let me remind you however, that it’s totally okay in your self-development, if you don’t get things right at the beginning. You can repeat the process. Taking small conscious steps to improve counts and that’s what matters. See, no one started anything as a pro. In reading the lives of many great men, the first victory they won was over themselves. As Daniel Goldstein puts it…

“Self-discipline is like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes”.

In trying to improve oneself, we need to learn the art of selfdiscipline. We need to conquer our own selves first. Whether in sticking to your diets, committing to whatever fitness goals you have, or even in your relationships or work.

Let me share an experience;

After going through pictures of some moms with “sixpacks” (Abs) on Instagram , I was determined to achieve even eight packs! Who doesn’t want a very flat ‘selzy‘ tummy especially after kids? So here was I, binging on every YouTube video on “how to get a flat tummy“… “how to train your tummy“…etc etc. I even cut down on carbs and literally started dieting. Not like I’m overweight or something. After one week of doing sit-ups and several other rigorous exercises, I gave up! Lol. Don’t judge me.

What I learned about self discipline.

Let me tell you another story;

I’d come across a post on Facebook sometime ago, about a lady who started saving little amounts of money everyday using a small wooden box as a piggy bank. Six months later, after she broke open the box, she discovered she’d saved a substantial amount of money! Now, i’m someone who’s passionate about personal finance. And so, any idea to increase/improve my personal savings culture is welcome.

Although the wooden piggy bank is traditional and so not today, because of course there are commercial banks which is more safer, I’ve read many success stories online about its efficiency. Anyway, who wouldn’t want more money in the ‘akkant‘? Y’all know saving requires a lot of self-discipline right? Right! And so, yours truly (my very own self), decided to construct my own piggy bank and embark on the journey. Please note that making decisions is just part of the process. It’s just an attempt. It’s not the final goal.

Guess who broke open my piggy bank after two weeks? Me! Lol. Self-discipline is not for the faint-hearted. (You can always try again!)

What I learned about self discipline and how to master it.

The ability to control your impulses and desires plus demonstrate will power is a habit we must master and requires one to overcome. When habits are formed, they aren’t easy to let go because humans are creatures of habit. Selfdiscipline means that you must be intentional, fully committed and exercise control! One has to constantly build positive habits and consistently take actions to break away from negative habits which prevents us from reaching our goals.

It’s true setting goals can help one have focus, knowing your WHY and working on your daily habits does it for me! Your daily choices, how you spend your time, what you eat, etc. They go a long way to impact our lives.

What I learned about self-discipline. Jessica Hugo blog.

. Create positive daily habits that align with your goals and make conscious efforts to keep at it till the end. Self-discipline is about choosing to do what you know you should do rather than what you want to do.

. Start simple; It always seems daunting in the beginning. Sorta like self-punishment. I’d say, start simple and then increase from there. For example, If you’re trying to start a fitness journey, instead of taking everything all at once, you can start with the simple ones and gradually increase from there. Taking everything at once can become overwhelming and prevent you from reaching your goal.

. Control your thoughts; the truth is, if you can control your mind, you can control what you do. Feed your focus. Take away distractions/temptations.

Self discipline quote.


I learned, and I hope you picked a point or two from here.

I’d like to read your story or hear your thoughts.

Ps: Selzy – colloquial for sexy.
Akkant – colloquial for (bank) account.

See you soon
Jessica Hugo.


41 thoughts on “What I learned about self-discipline.”

  1. Jessica, I appreciate your comments. I can relate to your message as I am in the 2nd year of my Life/Executive Coaching business. This is a big change for me moving from being a full-time church minister (pastor) to becoming an entrepreneur. Your advice is solid.

    I hope you can recognize that you are already a beautiful woman. My most important criteria for life is to be healthy, satisfied and happy.

    Thank you, Jessica, for your blog. I hope you have a great week.


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    1. Thankyou so much for taking out time to read my blog. I so appreciate. 🙏🏼
      You’re right about the most important criteria for life…healthy, satisfied and happy! I couldn’t agree any less. And best of luck in your new venture on coaching. I must say, that’s a huge one! More grease.

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  2. Thanks for the reminder, girl! I found it pretty hard to have self–discipline too! Then I learned from some books that I read that we gotta find our “why” (the reason we do it); and when the “why” is clear, the “how” is easy. I found that bigger the why (e.g. saving up for kids education, working to help our family’s finances – the reason is different to everyone), the easier it is to forcing oneself to be discipline, because the vision of achieving it will keep us from ruining our own dreams.

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing Jessica. I think you are very right on all your points. What most resonates with me is that one must be intentional. Honestly, self discipline does not happen by accident. I also started saving at home. I aim to put a few point coins in a jar every night and it’s working for me!
    Thanks again.

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    1. Thanks a lot Madeline, self-discipline indeed doesn’t happen by accident. That one on home-savings, personal finance is so important!
      Good to have you back in the blogosphere after your hiatus. Welcome back!


  4. I am working on better self-discipline. I write out goals for the week and try to hit them. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. But I always strive for them, and I think that’s important.

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  5. Your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals, and then to work toward them everyday, will do more to guarantee your success than any other single factor. The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person.

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  6. I’ve not been very motivated recently to do some things that I know I need to do. I need to get my self discipline in line especially with some changes that are coming up. You are right to start simple. My mind tends to go to the hardest thing instead of the simplest when I need to do buckle down and accomplish something. Thank you for this post, it is very encouraging. I’m going to keep it for when I let self discipline slack off.

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  7. I think I read somewhere that it takes three weeks for something to become a habit. Self-discipline isn’t easy especially when you are trying to modify a long-standing behavior.

    By the way…I love the colloquialisms you shared!

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  8. I’m currently on a health and fitness journey. I’m trying to lose a couple of pounds so I started dieting and exercising. I got the exercising part down to a pat. It’s the diet that I find challenging. I don’t where my self-discipline goes whenever I see sweets. 😦

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    1. Lol…like I said, you should remove temptations and distractions when you want to focus on achieving a goal. It helps one stay disciplined. Keep feeding your focus and ‘Lessing’ your distractions.
      Thanks a lot for your comment.

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  9. It’s a little tough to master self discipline when there’s so much temptation around us, lol. So I totally understand you breaking your box open after two weeks. But I do agree, that self discipline can do so much for our personal improvement.

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