Self-Discipline: Developing the Persistence You Need to Achieve Goals

Mind Tools has provided some really insightful information that is adaptable to the coaching and basketball world.  Here is just another good example.

Most of these ideas are common place in athletes and instilled by coaches regularly.  It is interesting to gain the perspective of “non-sports” or coaching entities and apply them to our world.

“You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself.”

– Jim Whittaker, American mountaineer and CEO.

Marietta wakes up before dawn each morning to exercise.  She works very efficiently in the office, ignoring distractions, and devoting all of her attention to high-value projects.  In the evening, Marietta attends a class online; she’ll be graduating in a few months with her MBA.

How can people like Marietta achieve so much, so consistently?  And how can we accomplish as much in our personal lives and careers?

Part of the answer lies in self-discipline.  This is what pushes us to deliver on our best intentions and goals, even when we don’t feel like doing so.  If we have self-discipline, we are able to put off short-term pleasure (or endure short-term inconvenience or discomfort) in the pursuit of long-term gain.

In short, self-discipline gives us the power to accomplish the things we set out to do.  Without it, we may drift through life aimlessly, occasionally thinking about what our goals might be, but never quite doing anything about them.  Or we may give up whenever we lose interest, or run out of energy.

This is why self-discipline is so important.  In this article, we’ll examine what self-discipline actually is, we’ll explore why it’s useful, and we’ll look at how to develop it.


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