Self-Discipline An Essential Quality For Personal And Professional Success!

by Howard Grant Platt 3rd on December 9, 2010 · 6 comments

in Motivation and Ambition

Self-discipline is one quality that you can develop that will guarantee you greater success, accomplishment, and happiness in life.



Of a thousand principles for success developed over the ages, this one quality or practice will do more to assure that you accomplish wonderful things with your life than anything else.

If you fail to develop the quality of self-discipline to a high degree, it is impossible for you to achieve all that you are truly capable of achieving.

The quality of self-discipline is a habit, a practice, a philosophy, and a way of living. All successful men and women are highly disciplined in the important work that they do.

All unsuccessful men and women lack the self-discipline it takes to control their behaviors and personal drive.

Once you learn to develop the same levels of high, personal discipline held by the most successful people in our society, you will very soon begin to achieve the same results that they do.

Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.
Napoleon Hill

Accomplish More in a Month Than Most People Accomplish in a Year. Take complete control of your time and your life. Develop the self-discipline and the qualities of the most successful people of all time.

The 5 Disciplines of Powerful People

Self-DisciplineSelf-Discipline is a necessary prerequisite for achieving any level of success. We all want to achieve success in our lives but only a small fraction will actually plan their success in the form of goals.

Learning how to set goals is one of the problems as it is not a skill that is taught in school. Although you can compare goal setting to the concept of making a promise, they are more or less the same.

If you consider it in this way you can see how it would make sense. When you set a goal to achieve a particular result in your life it is the same as you making a promise to yourself in that you will follow through with the necessary actions.

If you are to keep the promise you have made to yourself it will take both commitment and self-discipline.

All great success in life is preceded by long, sustained periods of focused effort on a single goal, the most important goal, with the determination to stay with it until it is complete.

Throughout history, we find that every man or woman who achieved anything lasting and worthwhile had engaged in long, often unappreciated hours, weeks, months, and even years of concentrated, disciplined work, in a particular direction.

Fortunately, the quality of self-discipline is something that you can learn by continuous practice, over and over, until you master it.

Once you have mastered the ability to delay gratification, the ability to discipline yourself to keep your attention focused on the most important task in front of you, there is virtually no goal that you cannot accomplish and no task that you cannot complete.

We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit.

Successful people engage in activities that are goal-achieving. Unsuccessful people engage in activities that are tension-reliving. Successful people discipline themselves to have dinner before dessert. Unsuccessful people prefer to have dessert most of the time.

Successful people plan their work and work their plan. They take the time to think through their responsibilities before they begin. They make clear decisions which they then implement immediately.

They get a lot more done in a shorter period of time than the average person because they have the self-discipline to adhere to the task at hand.

Perhaps the most important benefit of self-discipline is the personal benefit that you receive. Every act of self-discipline increases your self-esteem. It gives you a feeling of personal power and accomplishment.

Each time you discipline yourself to persist in the face of distractions, diversions, and disappointments, you feel better about yourself. Self-discipline is the characteristic that leads your average person to do more than what is asked of him or expected.

Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.
A. Lou Vickery

Your Personal Achievements Are Directly Tied To Your Self-Discipline!

As You Continue To Discipline Yourself You Can Expect To:

  • Achieve More And More In Life.
  • Feel More Like A Winner.
  • Develop Soaring Self-Confidence.
  • Feel Happier And Content With Yourself.
  • Have More Energy And Get More Done.
  • Earn The Respect And Esteem of The People Around You.
  • Enjoy Greater Success Both Personal And Professional.
  • Live In A Nicer House, Drive A Nicer Car, And Wear Nicer Clothes.

You get a natural high from the thrill of achievement. The more things that you achieve as the result of employing your personal habits of effectiveness and productivity, the more eager you are to achieve even higher and better tasks.

As your self-discipline increases your life gets onto an upward spiral of success and happiness and you will feel great about yourself most of the time.

Every Act of Self-Discipline Strengthens Every Other Discipline In Your Life.

Every weakness of self-discipline weakens your other disciplines as well. When you make a habit of disciplining yourself in little things, you’ll soon become able to discipline yourself to accomplish even larger things and you will be more apt to finish what you begin.

Your entire life is an ongoing battle between the forces of doing what is right and necessary on the one hand and doing what is fun and easy on the other.

It is a battle between the forces of discipline and the forces of ease or expediency. When you develop the strength of character that gives you complete self-mastery, self-control, and self-discipline, you feel wonderful about yourself.

Nothing is more harmful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army superiority over another.
George Washington

With self-discipline, you develop a deep inner sense of strength and self-confidence. You replace positive thinking with positive knowing and positive action. You reach the point inside where you absolutely know that you can do whatever it takes to achieve any goal that you can set for yourself.

Self-Discipline Is Its Own Reward

Not only does it pay off in terms of greater self-esteem and a more positive mental attitude, but it pays off throughout your life in terms of the goals that you achieve and the success that you attain in everything you do.

Self-discipline is a skill and a habit that can be learned by practice. Every time you practice a little self-discipline, you become stronger and stronger. Bit by bit, you become more capable of even greater disciplines.

As you become a totally self-disciplined individual, your entire future opens up in front of you like a broad highway and as you continue to increase your self-discipline everything becomes possible and your future achievements are limitless!

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Hi, my name is Howard Grant Platt 3rd, and creating this website Positive Thinking For Personal Development has become one of my greatest passions! At the age of 35, I was diagnosed with a rare and incurable medical disorder. As a result of my medical issues, I struggle with various disabilities, which challenge me every day of my life. Positive Thinking has given me the confidence and inner strength to persevere through the most challenging times. I try to use my story to inspire and help others to live up to their full potential. I know my calling in life is to serve others compassionately and to help those in need. Thank you for visiting my site. God Bless!

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Howard 1 December 14, 2011


This is my Dad’s site and he really enjoys helping out other people that is why he started this site. He is in the hospital and we are not sure for how long. I am trying to keep his business going while he is trying to get better but I cannot offer the type of advice that he gives but I wanted to let everyone know that he is in the hospital and I am sure he will answer all your questions when he gets out.

Thank you.

Margaret White 2 December 8, 2011

The information I just read has motivated so much that I want more. I was not looked upon as an intelligent person who can make a name for myself and just recently I completed my MBA, waited 8 years before I could pursue my dream of being a Protocol Consultant and now I’ve just started my own business in the protocol field. My funds were limited but I was able to do it. I want more information as I kept reading and just didn’t want to stop. My goal is to ensure that my business is a success and I want your support and guidance in doing so. I look forward to reading more of your articles are they’re truly inspiring.

Howard 3 December 3, 2011

Hello Sree,

With self-discipline you can make a success of any venture. Money can definitely slow down the process when building a business but it can also bring out the creativity that resides in all of us. If you mix the two (self-discipline and creativity) nothing can stop you! All things are possible to those who believe.

I will post a free download on the success page, I sent it out to those on my email list but for those who have not received it I will make it a free download, just give me a couple of days to get this taken care of, it is a short eBook I wrote about achieving success, I think you will find it helpful.
I wish you much success!

sree 4 November 24, 2011

i started a new business.i am fail to implement that. after reading the artical i found my mistake i fail in self-discipline. how to implement that. i strongly says my business concept is new n good.i am also facing the money problems.but i dont want quit the business.

Howard 5 October 12, 2011

Hi Beth,
I make this statement out of love (love meaning that I love all people) …..STOP thinking, acting or speaking negatively about yourself in any way. When you say to yourself that you are “sick of it” that is sending negative signals to your subconscious which absorbs everything you say and think and as my mentor Earl Nightingale said; “We are what we think” or we become what we think about most of the time.

You need to fill your mind with thoughts and pictures of you being perfectly disciplined, you need to focus on your strengths and NEVER focus on a weakness. If your problem is a lack of self-discipline I have something you can try. Every morning or better yet the night before take 5 minutes and write out the 6 most important things you need to get done the following day and then in the morning take out that piece of paper and go to work on the 1st item on your list.

Now you have to block out all other distractions because unless they are life threatening they can wait and you stick with that first item until it is complete, then carry on with item 2 then 3 and so on. Now if you don’t get all 6 items completed don’t worry about it because if you stuck to the plan you couldn’t have possibly finished them all no matter what. If you didn’t get to item 5 or 6 then those go on tomorrow’s list as item 1 and 2.

I guarantee if you stick to this plan you will begin to accomplish more in your life then you ever have before. Just Try it, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. You can do it I know you can.

I would love for you to come back here in 3 or 4 weeks and let me know just how disciplined you really are. You can start this immediately, actually you can start as soon as you read this message just be telling yourself that are an extremely disciplined person and you accomplish everything you set out to. And remember, we become what we think about most of the time. Think good positive thoughts and you will see positive changes in your life.

Talk to you in a couple of weeks!
Take Care!

Beth 6 October 4, 2011

This is something I have been struggling with for years and am sick of it! I want to be disciplined so I can achieve my dreams and goals!