If you are at the beginning of a self-improvement project, then one of the most important things that you can learn is the art of self-discipline. Having control over yourself, including your emotions and your time-planning, is the first step in seeing any self-growth plan through to completion, since without it, you will not be able to manage any of the tasks you have set yourself. You may not understand it yet, but without self-discipline, you are going to fail at your attempts to improve yourself. There are several ways in which self-improvement and self-discipline go hand-in-hand.
Self-discipline teaches sacrifice
If you want to progress in your self-growth project, then you will have to learn the art of sacrifice. Giving up things which might seem important to you, or that will satisfy cravings, is vital to self-improvement. Being disciplined means that you can throw away that extra slice of cake, or choose not to go to a party that you know will result in an argument. Self-discipline allows you to take control of your desires, so that you can focus your energies on completing your goals, including going to the gym or saying ‘no’ to overtime in order to spend time working on yourself.
Self-disciplines start with self-knowledge
Just like self-improvement, self-discipline starts with the knowledge of your current personality, and what you need to do to change it. This is the first area that most self-growth goals focus upon, and self-discipline also means knowing yourself, including being able to distinguish between shallow desire and more worthwhile ambitions. Learning more about yourself is often disturbing and upsetting, so self-discipline is necessary to help you through your self-improvement goals of ‘working on yourself’.
Self-discipline gives you confidence
When you know that you are doing the right thing, for the right reason, because you have good self-control, then you will gain in confidence. This courage to take the right path is vital to self-improvement, which often involves making radical changes in your life. If you are worried about what people think, or what they will say, then you are not able to fully commit to any program of learning. Instead, with confidence, you will be more likely to commit to a project, and better able to see it through to the finish.
Self-discipline focuses upon awareness
When you are starting a self-growth project, you need to be self-aware, and being disciplined means being aware of what you are doing and thinking, and also what you have not done in order to benefit yourself. When you are self-aware, it is easier to see when you do things wrong, such as eating more than you had planned, or constantly looking at social media sites. Self-awareness is one of the key tools to getting out of bad habits, and helping to build up good habits in their place. It also gives you the time that you need to make the right decision about your habit, so you can either abandon it completely, or change it so that it helps you in your goals.