Self discipline means acting according to what needs to be done, instead of how you feel.  Used in business and every- day life, this is what will help you reach your goals.  It is a habit, a philosophy and a way of living.  Of all the principles for success, self discipline is the one which holds the most value,  and will ultimately determine the direction of your future.

Successful people plan their work. They make a schedule and stick to it. They set goals and put forth continuous efforts to achieve them.  Undisciplined people lack control and frequently fall into bad work habits, overindulgences and debt.

An American study found that a school pupil's self discipline is a stronger predictor of future academic success than their IQ, leading researchers to conclude that self discipline is the road to academic success.  Throughout history, every man or woman who ever achieved anything lasting and worthwhile, has endured hours, weeks, months, even years  of concentrated, disciplined work to get where they wanted to be. 

 Michael Jordan once said " I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why  I succeed."  Self discipline means to get up when you fail and keep moving towards the finish line.

Fortunately self discipline is a quality that can be learned through focus, determination and effort on the desired goal, or outcome.  Through practice, it can be mastered and once it is, you will find so many other personal benefits.  Self esteem and confidence will increase.  You find that you have a feeling of personal power and achievement and feel happier in general about yourself.  A natural high from the thrill of achievement will in turn have you striving to achieve even more.  You will also gain the respect of the people around you.   Try working that extra hour, making that last call, posting a few more ads or turning off evening TV to finish what didn't get done throughout your work day.

Write down your goals on paper or make  a vision board, and put them where you can see them every day. When you see and vision your goals on a daily basis, it will help bring out the will power and desire to follow through.  Discipline is a habit.  It takes 21 days to break a habit so don't give up.  The only way to really master it, is to practice.

Julie N. Lawrence

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