Self-Discipline Isn’t Convenient

Self-discipline sounds a lot like punishing myself.

It’s all about sacrificing what I want to do for what I have to do. It’s “making myself do the thing I have to do, when it ought to be done, whether I like it or not.” (Huxley).

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Back in June, 2013, Time ran an article that described a study showing that Self-Disciplined People Are Happier.

“…the researchers found a strong connection between higher levels of self-control and life satisfaction. The authors write that “feeling good rather than bad may be a core benefit of having good self-control, and being well satisfied with life is an important consequence.”

The good news is you and I can learn to become more self-disciplined. We can get better at it. It can be developed, but it has to be developed from the inside out. 

Personally, I want to become better in the area of self-discipline. I need it for all of the things I want to accomplish. Without it, I’m flailing around in my productivity.

This is why I’m going to invest the next few posts on my site to the topic of self-discipline. I we need to be reminded about the power and productivity that comes from a self-disciplined life.

Self-Discipline Thought #1: Self-discipline isn’t convenient, it’s commitment.

It’s not all that difficult to make a commitment. What’s difficult is keeping and managing that commitment. The real work begins after the commitment is made and the deadlines and demands start approaching.

Self-discipline is the price I pay to keep my commitment. Self-discipline is the action I take on a regular basis to follow through on a commitment. Self-discipline means because I said yes to something, I will have to say no to other things.

Maybe you’ve committed to write more, or lose some weight, or build a side business. The minute we say yes to commitments like those, we limit our options. We make a decision and then manage that decision to accomplish something that we wouldn’t normally be able to accomplish without the focused effort that comes through self-discipline.

Keeping my options open keeps me on the wandering circle of convenience. Self-discipline keeps me on the path of my promises.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

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  • Jinankarameh

    Thank you Tim for this valuable reflection. Indeed, self – discipline is one of the most effective tools that transform a person from one who do what must be done to another who does much and much more. Self-discipline requires a great will driven towards a multistage goal. The satisfaction gained by the achievement of every stage compensates the used energy with double determination. However, we have to be aware and smart enough to consider our wants and thus avoiding being burnout. Time management, organization, and balance are the key to maintain our self-discipline throughout our journey.

    • http://timmilburn.com/ timage

      Jinankarameh! Really appreciate the comment. Thank you for adding to the conversation. I agree that burnout can kill our best attempts to accomplish something worthwhile.