Self–discipline 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 self–discipline. 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 “six–packs” (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.
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!)
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. Self–discipline 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.
. 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.
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