Self-Discipline for Career Growth!

Self-Discipline for Career Growth!

Self-discipline refers to your ability to focus on the set goal without submitting yourself to the distractions that come your way. Life without self-discipline is like a kite with its thread cut. It moves in the direction the wind blows. Self-discipline enables you to take full control of your life and not the other way round.

Many of us feel disappointed when we do not get the results we want. And we feel jealous when others succeed or outdo us. But we often fail to realize the fact that they could do so because they are self-disciplined and put in their best to achieve that success.

How does Self-Discipline help an Employee?

Self Control: With self-discipline comes self-control. Many of us feel that self-control takes away our freedom. But I feel otherwise. What enjoyment can you have in a pub or party with your friends when you have the fear of “to-be-finished” tasks lingering in your mind? You can have only a superficial enjoyment.

With self-discipline, you avoid acting on impulse. You give up procrastination and instead schedule the given task(s) keeping in view the set timelines. You stick to it. Hence, you can improve your productivity.

Time Management: As you control your tasks, you spend much of your time in doing productive work. Thus, not only can you manage your work best but also have time to spend with friends and family. It is the most important factor for the success or failure in an employee’s life. In today’s competitive world, employees find it extremely difficult to maintain a balance between their personal and professional lives. With better time management, you can achieve that balance.

Self-Motivation: Self-motivation and self-discipline go hand in hand. Self-discipline helps you achieve results. The sense of achievement keeps you motivated and focused on your targets. However, without self-motivation, you cannot discipline yourself to achieve greater success.

Never take your Job for Granted: Taking your job for granted can block your road to progress. Set your priorities right. You cannot achieve anything with lukewarm conviction. You need to instill in yourself a burning desire and struggle to achieve that as much as you struggle to breathe when you are pressed in neck-deep water. If you have that, self-discipline is the tool that helps you get there.

With self-discipline, you will be more organized. Eventually, you will scale new heights in your career. Hence, build self-discipline through selective self-training.

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  • Michael J. Spangle

    This article is profound in its simplicity. As one who is subject to occasional impulse control problems, I know that my career has gotten side-tracked because I have gotten side-tracked. I do not know if self-discipline will solve all problems, but I do know from experience that lack of self-discipline will create problems and will sap the energy needed to address the problems that we do have to face.

    One of the things that led to Hitler’s failure in his attack on Russia was his decision to attack three divergent targets in a country that his troops were ill prepared to deal with, especially during the winter. His armies were too stretched out to be adequately supplied and too divided to support each other when there was a need. Lack of self-discipline does that to our energies. It sends them chasing after too many different goals without the resources needed to reach and hold onto them. and when we are confronted with the stresses and strains of life we are ill prepared to marshall our energies to confront them because we have scattered ourselves too much.

  • Jacqueline M. Walters

    With drive and persistence one can learn and hone, abilities/skills with ongoing self-improvement programs. To develop/build one’s self-discipline, one’s self-esteem, effective self and time management, how to set priorities while building healthy personal and business relationships.
    Yes! selective self-training prepares one to grow and mold into a super lerner, inner-directed, productively engaged, multi-discipline, talented-plus, competitive and successful professional, that most organizations admire.

  • Margaret Moon

    It’s true that organisation (discipline) makes life easier. But something in me rebels against the great god of reason. Dreams and fantasies are also important ways of supporting self development. It is valid to give time to just being, without trying to change anyting, without trying to make yourself into anything, to not always being disciplined, reasonable and productive. Why is it that humans seem to need suffering in order to learn? I believe that helping other people helps me and that the journey is more important than the destination. The only valid response to other people’s success is to be joyful for them.

  • Like most things, it is my opinion that we require a balance between all things in life. Most of us have special strengths and those can be used to generate extraordinary accomplishments.

    At the same time, there is also the tendency to take that strength to its excess, to overuse that strength (because it IS a strength) to the point that it can interfere with many things.

    Simple example: Being detail oriented.

    This is most certainly something that is necessary and that can contribute to our self-improvement and self-discipline. But I think we can all think of some individuals who take that to its extreme. We have a lot of different names for this, like “nit-picky” and “obsessive-compulsive.” Some people are SO detail oriented that they tend to look for and pick out the fly specks that are found in the pepper.

    I find it useful to step back from activities and look at things from the perspective of a neutral observer on occasion. The person who is dissociated from the scene can see things that are not observable by the person who is fully associated – meaning that they are seeing things only from their own eyes. That observer has a more dispassionate and objective view.

    Sure, we all need self-discipline. At the same time, playing an occasional session of FarmVille on one’s computer should not be life- or career-threatening (when done at home!). Some people tend toward being ruthlessly efficient. I tend to try to avoid being ruthless at everything (except my pool game).

    Balance is key. Commitment is important. Having specific defined goals and timelines is useful. But don’t go crazy…

    Have fun out there!