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The Power of Self-discipline

Okeke Chiamaka holds a in Sociology and Anthropology from Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Agbani.


"Self-discipline is the ability to do what you should do when you should do it, whether you like it or not"-- Elbert Hubbard, a prolific American writer.

It is one factor that separates successful people and unsuccessful ones because lack of self-discipline leads to failure and feeling of low self-esteem.


The mastery of self-discipline leads to greater long term rewards.

— Okeke Chiamaka


To achieve lasting success in your career, relationship, spiritual and financial areas of your life you need to conquer these obstacles:

1. The Expediency Factor: This law states that people invariably seek the fastest and easiest way to get things they want right now with little or no concern for the long-term consequences of their behavior.

2. The Path of Least Resistance: This is an extension of the first law and it is the law that causes people to take the easy way instead of doing what is hard but necessary.

These two combine to relieve the tension of putting in more time, knowledge, and resources needed to complete a set-out goal. Destroying the achievement of satisfying success.

Self-discipline also means self-mastery, self-control, self denial, and delayed gratification.

— Brian Tracy

Self Discipline and Success

To be successful, you have to think long-term, not immediate gain. When you think long term it helps you to strategize accordingly and be aware of your daily actions to know if they are in tandem with your long term goals.

And what differentiates successful people from unsuccessful ones is the application of self-discipline. Consistently. Successful people have trained themselves to diligently follow through with their laid out plans whether they like it or not.

This is where they pay the price for their desired end. Spending time and resources preparing and studying just to make themselves more valuable for a better future.


Failure to practice self-discipline makes you a victim of these two laws:

-Law of unintended consequences

-Law of perverse consequences

— Brian Tracy

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According to Brian Tracy in her book, "No Excuses: The Power of Self Discipline," failure to practice self-discipline makes you a victim of these laws:

A) Law of Unintended Consequences: This law states that the unintended consequences of an action can be far worse than the intended consequences of that behavior because of a lack of long-term thinking.

B) Law of Perverse Consequences: This law states that a short time ion aimed at immediate gratification can lead to perverse or the opposite consequences from those at which it was aimed.

For instance, putting in time, effort, or money with the sole purpose of being better but without thinking it out produces far worse results than if you had done nothing at first.

Herbert Grey, a successful businessman opines that successful people make it a habit to do what unsuccessful people don't like to do. Successful people have mastered the act of paying the price for a long-term goal which in return produces desirable results while unsuccessful people avoid doing what it takes. They instead take an easy route that relieves tension and gives immediate gratification.

If you form the habit of always taking the easy way out, it will be hard to break such a habit. As a consequence, series of short-lived successes will be achieved.

But if you develop the habit of self-discipline, it will be hard at first but consistent discipline will make it easier in the long run and when mastered, you will find it uncomfortable to live an undisciplined life.


There are far greater rewards in self-discipline when mastered. It increases self-worth. Napoleon Hill says "self-discipline is the master key to many riches." It then implies that self-discipline is a line that demarcated successful people from unsuccessful people.


Brian Tracy, "No excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline." Vanguard Press.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Okeke Chiamaka


Okeke Chiamaka (author) from Nigeria on July 29, 2021:


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