It's not just enough to have a desire, a dream or a goal. Many people don't succeed in achieving what they want simply because there is lack of self-discipline. Self-discipline is self-love. Only when you love yourself immensely, you will walk towards the compass of self-discipline. Consciously saying no to things that don't serve you, doing things that may be difficult or challenging yet choosing to do it because it is good for you is what discipline is.
There's absolute difference between a man who just desires and a man who takes consistent action. The first one spends time in regret and the later embraces the pain of discipline for the long term happiness & success.
Things would have been so easy if we would have achieved it at the flick of a magic wand. When you see the joy of winning in the eyes of the champion, don't forget to also look past the amount of efforts, discipline that goes into the making of their successful journey.
To create discipline in your life, you must first fight through your inner world of struggle. You must first win the battle in your mind and allow yourself to wake up to reality. And you will be able to do that when you love yourself beyond short-term gratification, distraction; when you have a mission, a goal, a dream inspiring & challenging you from within.
Self-discipline is not punishment but the realization that your choices defines your reality & your conviction towards yourself. When you can say to yourself this, you know you are on track: "I know you want to get attached to that habit because it gives you instant pleasure, but I love you so much that I am not letting you do that because I don't want you to experience the pain of regret later. So, better the pain of discipline. I know it will serve you in the long run."
So, what do you choose: pain of regret or pain of discipline?
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