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Self-discipline is one of the most important and useful skills everyone should possess. This skill is essential in every area of life, and though most people acknowledge its importance, very few do something to strengthen it. Contrary to common belief, self-discipline does not mean being harsh toward yourself, or living a limited, restrictive lifestyle. Self discipline means self control, which is a sign of inner strength and control of yourself, your actions, and your reactions. Self discipline gives you the power to stick to your decisions and follow them through, without changing your mind, and is therefore, one of the important requirements for achieving goals.
The possession of this skill enables you to persevere with your decisions and plans until you accomplish them. It also manifests as inner strength, helping you to overcome addictions, procrastination and laziness, and to follow through with whatever you do. One of its main characteristics is the ability to reject instant gratification and pleasure, in favor of some greater gain, which requires spending effort and time to get it. Self discipline is one of the important ingredients of success. It expresses itself in a variety of ways:
The ability not to give up, despite failure and setbacks.
The ability to resist distractions or temptations.
Trying over and again, until you accomplish what you set out to do. Life puts challenges and problems on the path to success and achievement, and in order to rise above them, you have to act with perseverance and persistence, and this of course, requires self-discipline. The possession of this skill leads to self-confidence and self esteem, and consequently, to happiness and satisfaction. On the other hand, lack of self discipline leads to failure, loss, health and relationships’ problems, obesity, and to other problems. This skill is also useful for overcoming eating disorders, addictions, smoking, drinking and negative habits. You also need it to make yourself sit and study, exercise your body, develop new skills, and for self improvement, spiritual growth and meditation. As said earlier, most people acknowledge the importance and benefits of self discipline, but very few take real steps.