Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do.
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Self control or self-discipline means the ability to motivate ourselves to do the things we need to do. It also means stopping ourselves from doing things that we see are bad for us. It may seem that it is a problem of willpower, but pushing ourselves to do things when we feel miserable, or fighting temtation may just be a recipe for stress. There are better ways.
Why Self-Discipline Requires Mental Strength?
Mental strength significantly affects your self-discipline. In fact, there’s a strong correlation between having a high level of self-discipline and being mentally strong.
Some studies even show that self-discipline is an essential attribute of people who earn more money since discipline is an underlying factor in achieving personal goals. Simply put, people who earn more often have high levels of self-discipline and the mental toughness to finish whatever they started and see it through to the end.
If you find it difficult to discipline yourself, you might want to look first at developing mental strength.
Mental strength lets you say no to temptations and excuses
If you don’t have mental toughness, you’ll find it easy to give in to temptations and distractions. You’ll find it hard to meet your deadlines and your goals simply because you don’t have the mental strength to reject temptations. You’ll also make a habit out of making excuses for why you’re missing deadlines.
If you’re mentally tough, then you won’t have a problem saying “no” to anything that will distract you from reaching your goals. You’ll also stop making excuses and instead do your best to tackle your situation head-on.
Mental strength lets you take good care of your body
If you are mentally strong, you know the value of taking good care of your body. You will not abuse it with alcohol and drugs. Neither will you allow yourself to be under too much stress. You will do everything in your power to make sure you remain in good health because without good health you won’t be able to work towards your goals.
Mental strength lets you stay committed to your goal
In today’s fast-paced world, we can have our choice of anything we want. You can be anything you want to be if you put your mind to it. With that being said, if you don’t have mental strength, you will not be able to commit to any goal you’ll set for yourself. You will not be able to give your all because you’ll soon lose interest and you’ll soon start chasing another goal. If you’re mentally strong, you will plan out your steps and processes so you can reach your goal successfully. You won’t be like a white flag in the air flapping every which way the wind blows. Instead, your mental strength and your self-discipline will anchor you firmly to your goals.