“The first and best victory is to conquer self.” (Plato)
Have you ever think about how important is self-control in your day-to-day life? The answer is simply NO as mostly people in their daily routines don’t pay attention to regulate and control their impulses and desires, which are the key thing to survive in a situation where you have to deal with tough competitors. Experts believe that people who have better self-control and possess the ability of self-discipline tend to be healthier and happier.
People with good control over their thought processes, emotions and behaviors not only flourish in their professional lives but are also spend a healthier and smooth personal life. So, we can say that the biggest secret of success is your self-discipline, will power and punctuality.
Having just one quality of self-control could cultivate and improve your sense of discipline which will serve you well in both your personal and professional life. There is misconception about self-discipline that it will snatch our freedom, but people should know the fact that it allows us to live our lives the way we want. Self-control can change our physical, mental health and it will increase the chances of success in every walk of life, whether it is your personal or professional life.
Before going to further details, let me explain the word ‘self-control’. It is a special and essential quality which assure you greater success, accomplishment, and happiness in life. No doubt, out of thousand principles for success developed over the ages, this one quality or practice will do more to assure that you accomplish wonderful things and to achieve higher position where you want to be. A person who lacks self control, it is impossible for him to ever achieve what he is truly capable of achieving.
Sometimes you have to face unfavorable situations which forced you to show your self-control ability but you lost your control and make thing worst for your survival. Other than dealing with other people, self-discipline is important for your personal life too.
For example if you are going to start your weight loss journey, preparation for your exams or anything else, you must have discipline for your goals’ accomplishment. If you are not following a strict schedule with discipline than do not blame others for your failure. Because you are the only responsible person if you are not emerging as victorious in any field. So always remember one thing, that personal management is more important than managing things outside.
Simply if you’re not a self-disciplined person you cannot achieve your desired goals. It is also clear that unsuccessful people are undisciplined and unable to control their behaviors and their appetites which badly affect their productivity and success.
- How to Build Self-Discipline?
To become more disciplined, you have to come out of your comfort zone which is not an easy thing for people. The quality of self-discipline is something that you can learn by continuous practice, over and over, until you master it.
Sometimes People had considered Self-control to be mountain or a burden. Because people do not like self-control. People feel that there is no freedom in it and these fears will become hurdles in self-discipline of people. .
There are things you can do to learn self-discipline and gain the willpower to live a happier life.
1.1 Discover Yourself
The first thing you can do is you should analyse your strengths as well as weakness. Sometimes when an employer or any person asked you to enlist your strengths and weaknesses, you started thinking and didn’t answer such question in a proper way. And sometimes even highly qualified people started internet surfing to find their weakness which is an alarming situation for them. So doesn’t matter who you are, you should be aware of your weaknesses and strengths. Once you will discover yourself, things will be more smooth and easy for you. Own up to your flaws. You can’t overcome them until you do.
1.2 Remove Temptations
If you want to be more productive and well disciplined, you should learn to say NO to things which could distract you. Just stick to your commitments that you have made with yourself. For example, If you want to improve your efficiency at work, turn off notifications and silence your cell phone and other tabs if you are working on a computer. The more you will ditch your bad influences, the more focused you will be on accomplishing your goals.
1.3 Stick to Your Realistic Goals
To become more disciplined, you must have a clear vision that what you are going to do and how you will achieved desired results? You must also have an understanding of what success means to you. Make an efficient execution plan and create a mantra to keep yourself focused. After defining your goals and plans the next thing is remain committed and reached your finish line at any cost.
1.4 Build Your Self-Discipline
Self-discipline is basically as learned behavior and just like other skill it requires practice. Just like going to the gym, willpower and self-discipline take a lot of work. The effort and focus that self-discipline requires can be draining.
1.5 Replace Habits
You must have to replace your bad habits with good ones. But you should remember one thing that do not change things at once, just keep your focus on doing one thing consistently and master self-discipline with that goal in mind. For example take start from changing your sleeping habits and then working on other bad influences one by one.
1.6 Give Yourself A Backup Plan
Psychologists use a technique to boost willpower called “implementation intention.” You should make different back up plans, to deal with possible difficult and unfavorable situations. It will increase your confidence and you will tackle the situation successfully.
1.7 Reward yourself
You should not underestimate the power of anticipation as it could boost your energy level and commitment to your work. And when you achieve your goal, find a new goal and a new reward to keep yourself moving forward.
2) How Self-Discipline is a Key to Success?
Once you reach the high levels of personal management possessed by the successful people, you will very soon begin to achieve the same results that they do.
It could help us in following ways.
2.1 Decision Making Capacity
When people have the ability to control their emotions, behavior and thoughts, it becomes easier for them to make difficult decisions. People with a higher degree of self-control spend less time debating and are able to make positive decisions more easily. Despite feelings of loss or anything else which keep yourself away from taking tough decisions, you will feel more satisfied with your decisions.
2.2 Boosts Your Self Esteem
Self-discipline plays a vital role to boost your self esteem and work ethic at the same time. It will enables you to leverage your experience to achive your realistic goals.
When you feel confident and satisfied because you are accomplishing things, your self-esteemwill reach to another level.
2.3 Improves Focus
Self discipline helps you to focus on your goals. It helps you stick to your plans to get desired results. When you are focused on your goal, you will complete every single thing that needs to be done.They are always looking forward towards their goals and achievements in life.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. The success stories made it clear that self control is not all bout denying yourself pleasures, but if you are going to achieve something being by controlling your bad influences, attitude, emotions and thoughts, then you have to sacrifice a little bit which will resulted into a long-term comfort and benefit. So don’t scare to sacrifice a little bit of your comfort for emerging as a victorious.
Challenge Yourself! It’s time to start chasing your goals and desires, and you should start believing that you can make an impact. In short, to reach new altitude of success, keep yourself disciplined and motivated.