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Some people consider goal setting as the key ingredient in accomplishing success. However, there may be an underlying character trait that propels one to accomplish their goals despite what happens on the road to success. 

Beyond goal setting, there is a unique link between self-discipline and success. This link is desperately overlooked when one sets goals to achieve. When one sets goals, many times all one thinks about are the goals, but have you thought about the actions to accompany those goals? 

There is much more to goal-setting and finding success than just setting goals. One must work to achieve those goals and find the desire to continue to progress even in the hard times. 

In your desire to become more organized and more goal-oriented, did you ever ask yourself the question, “What is the one quality that you need to have, to become successful in life?” If yes, here is simple answer for you – self-discipline. 

What is Self-Discipline?

Self-discipline is the “correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement.”  (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-discipline) Self-discipline is a broad term that comprises many qualities such as punctuality, prioritisation, structured, active, lack of procrastination, owning up for your mistakes, etc. 

The English politician ad writer, Joseph Addison is credited as saying, “Self-discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.” 

When you are disciplined, success will knock at your door. Success will come to those are you disciplined enough to continue. Self-discipline will drive you forward. You will prese forward to your success because self-discipline keeps you on track 

Take a moment and see how self-discipline can lead to success… 

Self-Disciplined People are Focused 

Having a single-minded focus and determination towards your goals is very important to succeed in life and this is where self-discipline will take you to the next level. 

Self-discipline is the quality which helps you have control over your behaviour and actions. Therefore, if you are disciplined, you will have a fire within you to meet the short-term goals. These short-term goals will act as stepping stones for your long-term goals and eventually lead to you attaining success.  

When you have focus brought about with self-discipline, you will not fall victim to vices such as procrastination or laziness. Your goals will always before you and you will be able to stick with your goals because you are focused on the long-term. 

When things start to go wrong, self-discipline is that which keeps you on track and propels you to the goal. As you are self-disciplined, you will maintain your focus because you are always seeking self-improvement. 

Self-Disciplined People are Organized 

Part of being self-disciplined is being organized. When a person is organized, they know what they seek and the plan for them to achieve their goals. You can succeed in your personal and professional life only when you know the technique of prioritization.  

A good step to take is to make a list of the urgent tasks you must do daily. When you make your list be very careful about not spending your efforts in a place where it is not needed at all.  To prioritize well, you should be able to differentiate between the important and unimportant tasks.  

A self-disciplined person is one who writes down his daily goals and has set targets for each stage in his life; whether long-term or short-term. Long-term goals are significant for your current vision because it allows you to look into the future and see where you want to be. Remember that long-term goals will enhance your short-term work. 

A self-disciplined person knows the priorities in his life, and he doesn’t waste his time, money, effort and other resources in tasks that don’t help him reach his eventual goal. Staying organized in your daily life is a great aid to your self-discipline. 

Self-Disciplined People See the Big Picture

What is your big picture? 

If you had to answer that question, what would you say? 

It is tough to be clear about what you need to achieve in your life and it is even tougher to meet the goals you have set yourself where there are lots of distractions and obstacles. It takes courage, character and self-discipline to beat all the odds and carry on working with nothing but the drive to succeed.  

It also takes a view of the big picture. Waking up early, working for long hours, sacrificing for things you love most and having a lot of self-control are some of the qualities you have to exhibit if you want to meet the goals on time. Having an eye on the big picture always is something that only self-discipline can teach you. The big picture casts the vision of where you want to be in 20, 10, or five years.

This big picture also keeps you focus on forward progress. 

Self-Disciplined People are Committed 

When you have self-discipline, you are committed to the goals you have set for yourself in each stage of your life.  

When you are committed, you want to honor your commitments at any cost. Thus, your resilience builds up automatically and you learn to take criticism positively. Being committed means you learn from your mistakes and correct them in your future attempts so you can meet your short-term and long-term goals.  

Remember, you need to be true to yourself first, if you want to be successful. Self-discipline helps you do this by motivating you every time you seem to get bogged down or frustrated in life. 

Final Thoughts

Do you have self-discipline? 

If you are not sure, then it would benefit you to think of the goals you have set in the past and if you were disciplined enough to achieve them. Were you able to achieve your goals? Were you able to follow through and reach them? 

Self-discipline will allow you to work toward your goals even when it is not fun. This is where the characteristics of focus, having a big picture and being committed blend together to assist you on the road to better living. 

Begin today and chart your progress as you are reaching your goals. If you need to, keep a journal and track your progress. As you have heard it was said, “Hindsight is 20/20.” It is easy to look back and see our progress, our success and even our failures. Self-discipline will keep you on track. You need to track your progress so you can see how self-disciplined you are in your work. 

If you are not self-disciplined, then plan to get better day. Remember, the choices we make today can have a powerful effect in the future. 

Some beginning steps you can take are… 

  • Chart or track your goal progress. 
  • Find your strengths and weakness. 
  • Write your “big picture” and keep it handy. 

Begin today and grow in your self-discipline. 

To your success,