Self-discipline appears in various forms, such as perseverance, restraint, endurance, thinking before acting, finishing what you start doing, and as the ability to carry out one’s decisions and plans, despite inconvenience, hardships or obstacles.
True self-discipline is not a punitive or restrictive lifestyle as some people think, and it has nothing to do with being narrow minded or living like a fakir. It is the expression of inner strength and staying power, which are vital for dealing with the affairs of daily life and for the achieving of goals.
Self discipline, together with willpower, can help you overcome laziness, procrastination and indecisiveness. These skills make it possible to take action and persevere with it, even if the action is unpleasant and requires effort.
Self-discipline enables you to exercise moderation in what you do, become more patient, tolerant, understanding and considerate.
In addition, it helps you withstand external pressure and influence. A self disciplined person is more punctual than others, and invests more time and effort in what he or she does. A self disciplined person is more likely to take control of his or her life, set goals, and take concrete steps to achieve them.
Self discipline is well portrayed in the story about the rabbit and the turtle, who conducted a race between themselves.
The rabbit knew that he was faster, so he allowed himself to take a nap in the middle of the race. At same time, the turtle plodded along, but with willpower and self discipline, it eventually managed to arrive first to the finish line.
Like the turtle, with self discipline you can finish what you start doing.