Did you ever try taming a beast, training a pet, or raising a child? Was it an easy task?Self-discipline is as hard as taming a wild beast. It consists on training ourselves on controlling our desires, our feelings and our moods aiming to improve ourselves. In the early stages of our being as children, our parents, teachers and coaches work on disciplining us. Moving into adolescence and then adulthood, it becomes our own responsibility to discipline ourselves if we’re seeking a life of happiness, success and greatness. There are many techniques to practice self-discipline such as setting SMART goals, meditating, exercising, practicing self-accountability, removing temptations and distractions, spending time alone, identifying desired rewards, using the power of daydreaming and imagination and many more. But the main point is; are we ready to discipline ourselves or we’re currently surrendering to our ego and wild selves? Are we happy?
The journey of self-discipline is hard and tough; to carry ourselves to do what we know is right on the long term while not being truly ready or excited to do it in the present moment. However, its pays off after some commitment and persistence, and its most valuable rewards are self-respect, honour, inner peace, contentment and value based happiness.