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Self-discipline is, without a doubt, one of the most important life skills everyone, and I mean everyone, should have. There are, of course, plenty of other essential life skills everyone should master such as people skills, time and money management skills, survival skills, professional skills, communication skills, and more.
Read the last sentence again. Do you know what all these other skills have in common?
If you answered self-discipline, you’re absolutely correct! You need to have the discipline to effectively master many different life skills. Skills that are important for your success at work, at school, at home, or anywhere else for that matter. Now, achieving self-discipline is not easy. Don’t trust anyone who tells you that. To achieve self-discipline you need to have the ability to control your emotions, your body and your mind. It’s the ability to rise beyond your weaknesses and be strong enough to resist temptations that may come your way (and you will have plenty of those, trust me). If you think doing that is easy, then you’re probably superhuman or maybe even a robot!
We may not share the same weaknesses but as humans, we all have weaknesses. It could be something material or immaterial, it could be tangible or non-tangible, it can even be a living thing like other human beings or animals. Every time you see these objects, these weaknesses, your resolve weakens and you lose your selfcontrol. In some cases, maybe even your self-respect.
Overcoming your weaknesses is necessary for you to be successful at disciplining yourself. Why? You simply don’t have a choice. Temptations and obstacles will litter your path to success and it’s important you avoid these at all cost! If you fail, if you give in to your weaknesses, then you’re also going to fail big time on self-discipline.
If you’ve always wanted to achieve or excel at something, such as in sports, academics, arts, music, and more, you need to have the self-discipline to go after what you want, to chase after your dreams. You don’t just sit around and wait for something to happen. Because nothing will happen. You have to put in the work, most probably over a long period of time, so you can achieve whatever it is you’re aiming for.
By the time you finish reading the last chapter in this eBook, you’ll know everything there is to know about self-discipline and how you can use it to build your mental strength to resist temptation so you can finally reach your goals.
Chapter 1 - What Is Your “Why”?
It’s very easy to say you’re going to accomplish something, anything, in the next 12 months. You can say you’re going to be 20 pounds lighter or you’ll be living in Europe after a year or you can even say you’re going to find the love of your life soon and tie the knot in the next 12 months!
You can do a lot of things, be in a lot of places and meet loads of new people in under a year. You have an infinite number of possible goals you can choose to achieve.
Your chosen goal could be in response to a dare from your friends or maybe a personal challenge you want to take on. No matter the reason behind your sudden desire to succeed at something new, you need one very important skill to achieve that goal.
Can you guess what that skill is? It’s self-discipline, of course. Committing to a long-term goal is the beginning of your selfdiscipline journey. Once you’ve done a mental handshake with yourself or signed on an imaginary dotted line confirming your commitment to a specific goal, then your self-discipline should kick into high gear.
You need to lock yourself in and buckle up so you don’t get left behind in the marathon to reach your goal. You need the stamina and the strength to surpass and overcome all obstacles in order to meet your goal.