Self-discipline is undoubtedly one of the most important life skills that everyone, and I mean everyone, should have. There are, of course, a host of other essential life skills that everyone should master, such as people skills, time and money management skills, survival skills, professional skills, communication skills and much more.
Read the last sentence again. Do you know what all these other skills have in common?
If you answered self-discipline, you are absolutely right! You need to have the discipline to effectively master many life skills. Skills that are important to your success at work, at school, at home or anywhere else.
Now, achieving self-discipline is not easy. Don't trust anyone who tells you that. To achieve self-discipline you need to have the ability to control your emotions, your body and your mind.
It is the ability to overcome your weaknesses and be strong enough to resist the temptations that may come your way (and you will have many, believe me). If you think doing that is easy, then you are probably superhuman or even a robot.
We may not share the same weaknesses, but as humans, we all have weaknesses. It can be something material or immaterial, it can be tangible or non-tangible, it can even be a living being like other humans or animals. Every time you see these objects, these weaknesses, your determination weakens and you lose your self-control. In some cases, even your self-esteem.
Overcoming your weaknesses is necessary for you to succeed in the discipline. Why? Simply put, you have no choice. Temptations and obstacles will stand in your way of success and it is important that you avoid them at all costs. If you fail, if you give in to your weaknesses, then you will also fail big time in self-discipline.