Society avoids self-discipline. Popular culture is obsessed with pleasure and living in the moment. People often do not want to learn to practice discipline, even though it is critical to becoming successful. If you do not form the habit of self-discipline, you will be less likely to achieve your goals. That is because self-discipline is the foundation of success. There are fundamental ways in how self-discipline can improve your life.


How Self-Discipline Can Improve Your Life


Self-Discipline Is Foundational To Self-Improvement


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There are many ways that you can practice self-discipline. It could be waking up and going to bed at a consistent time. It could be working on completing five to ten daily tasks to get you closer to accomplishing your goals. It could be exercising regularly or following a diet.

You will only want to be disciplined if you know what you are working toward.

You can start by listing one to three things you want to improve. You could want to make more money. You may want to make passive income. You may want to lose weight. You could want to have six-pack abs. You may want to improve your communication skills. You could work to develop better relationships with friends and family.

Motivation Follows Self-Discipline


Self-discipline is the good habits that you build to help you to succeed in reaching your goal. Motivation then follows discipline. It would help if you had something that you are working toward. You will remain stuck without motivation because you won’t have any incentive to focus on personal development.

Motivation is the internal drive that pushes you to want to succeed. Proving that you can do something you have always wanted is most important. That is internal validation.

Internal validation is more important than external validation. You are doing something because you want to, not because you seek validation from others. Most people are more worried about what other people think about them. This has become a problem with social media. Internal validation is essential to develop because you should want to achieve goals. You can improve yourself, from your health to your finances.

Choose a goal you want to work toward, then become disciplined and motivated to reach it to validate you.

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Take Action


Action is the first step to achieving a goal you have set for yourself. Without action, you will continue to remain stuck where you are. It will be a dream, not a goal. The best type of action is imperfect action. Nothing needs to be or will ever be perfect. You can tweak the final parts of a project to make it look nice later. The car engine and parts build a car. The exterior paint job only makes the car look appealing.

Create Actionable Steps To Achieve Your Goals

Once you are motivated and disciplined, you can work to create actionable steps to achieve your goals. You can list out the steps needed for you to realize a goal. You may only need three steps if it is a small goal. If it is a larger goal, you may need over ten steps to accomplish it. An example of a small goal could be writing an article a week. To achieve this goal, you must:

  • Be disciplined enough to do it each week.
  • Research and come up with a topic to write about.
  • Sit down and write enough words to cover an article topic.
  • Edit the article.
  • Publish the article on one or multiple platforms.

Short-Term To Long-Term Goals


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Your discipline and time work together to help you attain your goal. Discipline and time are vital resources you must learn to manage to help you achieve a goal. They work together because you must often be disciplined to manage your time better. You can practice self-discipline and use your time to reach your different goals.

A short-term goal is something that you want to accomplish within a period of a month to one year. It could be starting a website, YouTube Channel, or something else you may be interested in. It could be learning a new skill to go deeper into a subject. These are usually more straightforward projects or something that requires you to get started to complete the goal.

A medium-term goal requires more time to complete. It could take you one to three years to finish a medium-term goal. These are medium-sized projects that you spend more time on. An example could be writing a book or creating a digital course.

A long-term goal will take longer to finish. It could take four to ten years, depending on the plan. A long-term goal could be writing a book series. It could be taking a series of courses online. It could be working to build an online business to make it sustainable.

You can work on all three of these types of goals simultaneously. You can use your short-term goals to build upon your medium to long-term goals once you become organized and have a process. A process of systematizing can help you to complete faster the following things that you want to do.


Find Yourself Reaching Your Goals

Once you become disciplined and consistently practice time management, you will complete your goals. This will give you a sense of accomplishment. You will start developing self-confidence because you know you can reach your goals. You will then be more incentivized to go after the other goals that you have on your list.



You must first develop self-discipline into a habit to achieve any life goals. Without discipline, you will continue to wonder why you stay stuck. When you combine self-control with action, you will realize your goals.

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James Bollen is the Founder and President of Secure Single. He is an entrepreneur and a content creator with the goal of helping all different types of singles to learn to thrive as a single person.
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