Discipline is freedom. You may disagree with this statement, and if you do you are certainly not alone.
For many people discipline is a dirty word that is equated with the absence of freedom.
In fact the opposite is true. As Stephen R. Covey once wrote, â€œthe undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passionsâ€.
And in the longer term, the undisciplined lack the freedom that comes with possessing particular skills and abilities – e.g. to play a musical instrument or speak a foreign language.
Self-discipline involves acting according to what you think instead of how you feel in the moment.
Often it involves sacrificing the pleasure and thrill of the moment for what matters most in life. Therefore it is self-discipline that drives you to:
- Work on an idea or project after the initial rush of enthusiasm has faded away
- Go to the gym when all you want to do is lie on the couch and watch TV
- Wake early to work on yourself
- Say â€œnoâ€ when tempted to break your diet
- Only check your email a few of times per day at particular times
If you struggle with self-discipline, the good news is that it can be developed. Here are five traits of self-discipline.
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