"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments." -Jim Rohn
I've always admired and been fascinated by an athlete’s commitment to their sport…by their willingness and ability to consistently push their limits to achieve new goals despite the pain, struggle, competition.
What makes this type of achievement possible? In a word, self-discipline. This trait is required for so much in life, without which people find themselves struggling for focus and motivation.
I have no idea to what to attribute it, but I've been blessed with a huge dose of self-discipline in this life. It's gotten me through my toughest academic challenges, kept me committed to regular physical fitness for more than 20 years, motivates me to volunteer time to others, inspires me to work my hardest everyday…
Having said that, there is always more that could be done. Why not run a marathon? Participate in a bike race? Go back to school? The first step is the focused desire to achieve any one of those goals…then self-discipline brings the determination required to see it through. What will be next on that list for me remains to be seen.
I define self-discipline as the ability to focus on things in your life that add value, not take it away. So instead of watching television, eating junk food or putting off your homework – discipline keeps you active, motivates you to choose healthy options (and perhaps even cook your own meals), and gets you closer to acing that exam or winning that hard earned promotion.
There are, however, skeptics who see self-control and self-discipline as counter to happiness. And for those here is a read aligned to that philosophy: The Type-Z Guide to Success: A Lazy Person's Manifesto to Wealth and Fulfillment.
But, for the believers in the value of discipline, here are a few links I hope can help set you on the path to greater fulfillment:
- The Power of Self Discipline
- The Guide to Developing Self Discipline that Lasts
- Benefits and Importance of Self Discipline
Would you say that you’re self-disciplined? Do you think that it's important to success? What difference does it make in your life?