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Why Self-Discipline is so Hard

By | Steve Burns |

Self-discipline is the ability to control your actions through inner will power regardless of your emotions and impulses. It’s the skill to overcome the temptation to violate your inner principles. Self-discipline enables you to pursue your goals, follow your own ethics, and be the person you want to be. Someone guided by self-discipline uses their mind to make important decisions and aren’t led away with the wrong decisions by their feelings.

Why do I struggle with self-discipline?

Any struggles you have with self-discipline are normal as people will tend to follow the easiest path of least resistance in life. People will tend to do what feels good in the present moment which makes it difficult to discipline yourself to do what’s hard or better for you in the long-term.

A normal person’s default setting is instead of doing the hard work, laziness is chosen because it’s easy. Uncomfortable work projects are avoided and easier tasks are preferred. People prefer to spend money on small things they want now than to save money for big things they may want later. Debt is preferred over saving and investing. A lack of discipline to do the hard things in life now, many times leads to a much harder life later on.

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