Five Pillars For Developing Of Self-Discipline

Everybody has this: you are eager to do something, you make a promise to start tomorrow / Monday / in the new month. And ... In the best case, you make one or two attempts and leave the occupation, the thoughts of which made your eyes burned yesterday. At worst, you never dare to take the first step. Why is this happening? What are you missing? Motivation? Willpower? Time? These are special cases - all this can be found, but the main thing missing is self-discipline. What is it? What does this concept include? and how to develop self-discipline; the answers are all written below.

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What is self-discipline?

Self-discipline is the ability to force yourself to take action regardless of your emotional state. In other words, these are the specific steps you take after setting a goal to achieve it. We decided that it was time to lose weight - we adjusted our diet and started going to the gym. In other words, all this looks quite simple. In life, the gap between decision and action is full of torment, doubt, half-measures, avoidance. It can last forever and not bring you any closer to your cherished goal, dream.

Self-discipline is a great personal development tool. It helps get rid of something unnecessary, for example, a bad habit, and to accustom oneself to changing his/her life for the better. And in a system with planning, passion, and goal setting, self-discipline becomes a super tool.

Speaking of the development of self-discipline compares it to a muscle. Every person has a reserve of discipline, as well as musculature. Small and atrophied, but it is. And this is the starting point of training. The scheme here is similar to classes in the gym. Let's consider it with an example. Let's say you decide to get a promotion, and for this you need to produce better results than your peers. How to do it? American scientists have found that a person spends 37% of his time only talking while working in an office. Once you figure out this and other distractions, you start working in a new way - 8 hours of call-to-call. Your productivity will undoubtedly be high, but can you work that way every day? Not. After all, what will happen if you go to the gym without prior preparation and subject your muscles to hard training? The next day, it will probably be difficult for you to get out of bed, let alone new stress. The same will be true for self-discipline. Specifically, it needs to be developed gradually, increasing the load. This is the essence of the technique.

Five pillars of self-discipline

Below are the five "pillars" on which self-discipline is based. 

  1.  Approval
  2. Willpower
  3. Hard work
  4. Diligence
  5. Perseverance.


"The first five pillars of self-discipline is approval or acceptance. This means that you accurately perceive reality and consciously acknowledge what you perceive. "

Acceptance is the starting point for self-discipline. Without a real assessment of your current state, you risk, at best, just marking time. And too positive attitude, and too negative, in any business are fraught with consequences. Referring to the same sports analogy, let's think about where sports begin? With the definition of the current physical condition, What for? To understand how to train effectively. Without this, you will be doing either little or a lot, and even not that. Such activities will not be beneficial (and in the worst case, they will also harm).

Therefore, having made a decision, it is important to be aware of your strengths, to accept yourself as you are. For example, you sleep for a long time and are used to waking up no earlier than 11 o'clock. What happens if you try to get up at 5 am? Most likely, nothing will work out, and no amount of self-discipline will help here. But if you start getting up at 10.45, and a week later at 10.30, etc., the result will not be long in coming.


"Willpower is your ability to set a course of action and say 'Go!'... Willpower is an extremely powerful but temporary boost. Think of it as a disposable booster. It burns out quickly, but when correctly directed, it can provide the momentum needed to overcome inertia and create movement."

Using willpower involves working with a three-step algorithm:

  • Choose a target
  • Develop a plan
  • Execute

Again, everything is simple, like everything ingenious. You should know that willpower is an unstable phenomenon, and figuratively speaking, it suits more for a sprint than for a marathon. You may have enough energy to start doing something, but it quickly dries up, and you return to where you started. Therefore, the second point is needed - the development of a plan. In it, you need to consider that the stock will soon exhaust itself and organize yourself to maximize the use of inertia.

For example, let's say you decide to lose weight. That is the goal. The plan will include a set of activities - diet, exercise, etc. It is also worth considering the fact that willpower will one day dry up. What does it mean? When you start to act, you will be filled with determination and enthusiasm. Nothing will stop you - not the sausages lying in the fridge, not the box of chocolates saved for a rainy day. But after a while, remission will come - you will get tired of eating some tasteless vegetables. This is what should be taken into account: there should not be anything in the house that could break you. So that hunger doesn't catch you off guard and force you to buy snickers or a hot dog, always carry something healthy for a snack with you. Cook for a week in advance so that when you come home hungry after work, you will not be tempted to eat half a baton with mayonnaise and sausage.


Many take the easy path, and that's why they fail. In the fight against yourself, with your habits, a priori it cannot be easy - because the enemy is as strong as you. Taking it by cunning will hardly come out. The only option is hard work. Self-discipline is acceptance and willingness to work hard and hard.

No wonder they say that free cheese is only in a mousetrap. The sooner you understand and accept the fact that it is difficult to achieve the desired result without making the necessary efforts, the better. Would Steve Jobs have created the Apple corporation that we know it today if he followed the same path as everyone else? Would Arnold Schwarzenegger be Mr. Olympia and the Universe if he walked into the gym just to take a leisurely walk on the treadmill while talking to a friend on the phone?


"Diligence or diligence is hard work. Unlike hard work, being diligent doesn't necessarily mean doing hard work and taking on challenges that challenge you. It just means taking the time to work. You can diligently do both light and hard work. "

Self-discipline means that you can take it and work when you need it, regardless of how interesting the activity is. Much more often, a person has to cope with the same type, boring routine matters. But to achieve success, you need to do them diligently. Therefore, no matter how petty and insignificant, or unpleasant the matter may seem to you, you must complete it. Procrastination will only lead to the fact that problems will accumulate and require more and more time and effort to solve.


"Persistence is the ability to maintain action regardless of your mood and feelings. You continue to press, although you want to give up everything. "

Do not confuse persistence and motivation. It depends on motivation that sometimes you are doing something with a twinkle in your eyes, and sometimes you cannot bring yourself to get up from the couch. Perseverance means acting without looking back, regardless of whether you like it or not and whether you want to continue.

At the same time, one should distinguish between persistence and stubbornness. It's one thing if you find the strength for your daily run or going to the gym. And it is quite different if you are stubbornly sure that after a month of training, you are ready to engage in a professional athlete's program. Perseverance means adjusting goals, looking for new ways to achieve them, and even abandoning them if it doesn't work out. Without such a revision, you run the risk of banging your head against a wall for a long and tedious time, which even a sledgehammer will not break.


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