Self-discipline is the key to personal greatness. It is the magic quality that opens all doors for you and makes everything else possible. With self-discipline, the average person can rise to higher heights.

Just as self-discipline is the key to success, the lack of self-discipline is the major cause of failure, frustration, under-achievement, and unhappiness.

Perhaps the biggest enemy of success and personal fulfilment is the path of least resistance.

The path of least resistance is what causes people to take the easy way in almost every situation. They seek shortcuts to everything. They look for get-rich-quick schemes and easy money.

The principle of Expediency Factor says that people will always seek the fastest and easiest way to get the things they want, with little or no concern for the long-term consequences of their behavior.

The battle that goes on daily on the inside of us is between doing what is right, hard and necessary, or doing what is fun, easy and of a little value.

Self-Denial

Another definition of self-discipline is self-denial. This requires that you deny yourself the easy pleasures, the temptations that lead so many astray, and discipline yourself to do only the things that will bring the best result.

New Habits

It’s hard to form the habits of self-discipline, self-mastery, and self-control, but once you have developed them, they become automatic and easy to practice.

When the habits of self-discipline are firmly entrenched in your behavior, you start to feel uncomfortable when you are not behaving in a self-disciplined manner.

The good news is that all habits are learnable. You can learn any habit you need to learn in order to become the kind of person that you want to become.

Every practice of self-discipline strengthens every other discipline. Unfortunately, every weakness in discipline weakens your other disciplines as well.

To develop the habit of Self-discipline, you first make a firm decision about how you will behave on a particular area of activity. You then refuse to allow exceptions until the habit of self-discipline in that area is firmly established.

Each time you fail, resolve once again to keep practicing self-disciplined until it becomes easier for you to behave that way. Vow from this day that you will imbibe the habit of self-discipline and take practical step towards that on daily basis.

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