Self-discipline is the ability to do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not. – Elbert Hubbard,

It takes self-discipline to follow through on your commitments, forming new habits, having a daily routine, setting goals, and executing on ideas. Without self-discipline, achieving our most significant goals can not be made. It takes self-discipline to plan, stay consistent and run towards your ideals and aspirations. Like Les Brown often says, if you do what is hard, your life would be easy, but if you do what is easy, your life would be hard.

Staying consistent with goals such as running a marathon, 100 Book Challenge, 50 Audiobooks Challenge, or stretching targets like skydiving or climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro requires a lot of self-discipline with consistency and determination, they are all achievable goals.

Here are some great quotes on self discipline:

  1. “The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.” – E.M. Gray
  2. With self-discipline most anything is possible.” -Theodore Roosevelt
  3. “Winners embrace hard work.  They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win.  Losers, on the other hand, see it as a punishment.  And that’s the difference.” –  Lou Holtz
  4. “A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” – Dalai Lama
  5.  “I could only achieve success in my life through self-discipline, and I applied it until my wish and my will became one.” – Nikola Tesla

6. “The price of excellence is discipline.  The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.” – William Arthur Ward

7. “The first and best victory is to conquer self.” – Plato

8. “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” – Jesse Owens

9. “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

10. “Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.” – Abraham J. Heschel

11. “You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself.”- Jim Whittaker

12. “Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry. One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed. These are fearful odds.” – Benjamin Disraeli

13. “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

14. “If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.” – William Feather

15. “Success is actually a short race—a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over.” – Gary Keller

16. “In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves; self-discipline with all of them came first.” – HARRY S. TRUMAN”

17. Right discipline exists, not in external compulsion, but in habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities.” – BERTRAND RUSSELL

18. “Life is a continuous succession of problems, like waves from the ocean. They never stop.” This means that your ability to practice self-discipline, self-mastery, and self-control when faced with the never-ending flow of problems, difficulties, setbacks, and temporary failures you will experience is essential to your success in business and in life. – The Sufi philosopher Izrhat Khan

19. “No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.” – HARRY EMERSON FOSDICK

20. “Self-discipline is a form of freedom. Freedom from laziness and lethargy, freedom from the expectations and demands of others, freedom from weakness and fear—and doubt. Self-discipline allows a pitcher to feel his individuality, his inner strength, his talent. He is master of, rather than a slave to, his thoughts and emotions.” – H.A. Dorfman

21. “Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” – Clint Eastwood

22. “Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

23. “If you will be hard on yourself, life will be easy on you. But if you insist upon being easy on yourself, life is going to be very hard on you.” – Zig Ziglar

24. “Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.”  – John C. Maxwell

25.  “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

26. “I think self-discipline is something, it’s like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.” – Daniel Goldstein

27. “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” – Abraham Lincoln

28. “I value self-discipline but creating systems that make it next to impossible to misbehave is more reliable than self-control.” Tim Ferriss

29. ”Discipline is remembering what you want.” – David Campbell

30. “Anyone who has ever made anything of importance was disciplined.” – Andrew Hendrixson

All the best in your quest to get better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.

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