The Importance of Self-Discipline
Do you have self-discipline?
Before you answer, allow me to clarify the definition of the word. Self-discipline is the principle of taking consistent action regardless of your situation. It is when you set out to achieve what you have planned for the day, whether the sun is out shining or dark gray clouds are hovering over your head. Without self-discipline, it is easy for us to become distracted and slowly forget about the goals we have set for ourselves.
I was fortunate that my father taught me to be self-disciplined. When I was in school, he required me to do my homework immediately after getting home. Before I went to bed every night, he would take one of my schoolbooks and ask me questions to make sure I had revised. If I gave one wrong answer, he would send me back to my room to study until I mastered everything I was taught by my teachers that day. When it comes to gaining knowledge, I owe my sense of dedication and self-discipline to my father.
His lessons proved invaluable when I set my first goal in life while homeless on the beaches of Phuket. I aimed to find a job that would give me enough money to get a roof over my head. I walked tirelessly along the roads adjacent to the beaches that were lined with hotels and asked at every establishment whether they were hiring. Under the scorching heat, I felt like giving up, but I powered through until I found a job. Had I not put in as much effort as I did, someone else with a higher level of self-discipline might have snatched the opportunity from me.
The discipline we apply to our goals allows us to attract wealth and unlimited opportunities in life. If we don’t use it, our lives will be driven by our moods and be just as unpredictable. One day, we might be moving mountains while on another, we might find ourselves on the verge of giving up.
From experience, I find that writing down goals on a piece of paper and placing them within sight trains our self-discipline. Studies have shown that those who write down their goals are more likely to achieve their goals when compared to those who don’t. The small act of writing down one’s goals works is because it serves as a constant reminder. Even when we forget about our goals, it helps reignite the drive to achieve them, thereby disciplining our wavering minds. If the goal is so important that we have it written down as a reminder, it is undoubtedly worth fulfilling.
Alongside self-discipline, I’ve spent years studying the habits, techniques, and mindsets of the wealthiest people on the planet and have been applying them in my life. My book Homeless to Billionaire: The 18 Principles of Wealth Attraction and Creating Unlimited Opportunity is a one-stop source for all the lessons you’ll need before embarking on your journey to success.