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Self-Discipline – Who Needs It?

In truth we all need self-discipline to do the things required of us as functioning adults. Budgeting, tax returns and cleaning are all tasks most people don’t enjoy but nevertheless need to do. These tasks require self-discipline. If you are highly driven, then it will be no surprise that you will need to develop higher levels of self-discipline than most.


There are many people who could benefit from developing higher levels of self-discipline, here are just a few:


  • Young adults who have only recently become independent.
  • Business owners.
  • People who want to achieve big things.
  • People who procrastinate.
  • People who watch excessive amounts of TV or play video games excessively.
  • People who spend 100% of their time outside of work socializing to the extent that they neglect important tasks such as housework or paying bills.


For example, although I take time to schedule in fun and relaxation I also have my weekends packed full of productive tasks I know will benefit me in the long term. To avoid spending all of my weekend doing nothing, socialising or watching TV takes a great deal of self-discipline but the rewards are more than worth it. Remember, fun and relaxation are important to avoid stress and burnout, but anything in excess becomes counterproductive – moderation is key!


Below are just a few examples of when we need self-discipline:


  • When we need to clean and tidy.
  • When we need to do our tax returns or budget.
  • When we need to pay bills, do personal admin. or run errands.
  • When we need to prepare for going on holiday.
  • When we need to look after children, elderly parents or pets.
  • When we have a goal we are want to achieve by a certain timeframe.


Can you think of any other times when we need to be self-disciplined? What do you struggle to be self-disciplined with most? Will you adopt yesterdays tips on building your self-discipline muscle? Please share your thoughts in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!


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