To me personally, self-discipline is having the strength to control yourself, to also have structure and order in different areas of your life rather it be business or personal. Having control and restraint for yourself is very important.
When this skill was developed in me...
Self-discipline is actually a skill that was developed early in me during my first year of college. Like many people i lived my life with a YOLO or spend a bag and get it right back type of mindset.
I’ll never forget my first year of college. I was just finding myself so partying and spending money on clothes, shoes, and whatever I had to do to impress others or have fun to escape the problems i was facing. Well, that mindset caught up with me. I got lost in the thrill and fun that i forgot my real responsibilities BILLS! I found myself in the dark one night with no money to pay my light bill and i was going to school plus working so I had the financial security i needed i just didn’t have any self-disciplined. At that moment instantly i realized that moving forward i had to have more control over the way I spent my money and time. I had to do the one thing I dreaded doing the most as an adult: I had to call family for help. We all know how that call goes, what are you spending your money on? You should have it
So needless to say I didn’t have a lot of self-discipline at all but by the grace of God that has changed in me and it's still developing in me more and more each day. When I was in college I didn’t care what I had to sacrifice financially, mentally, or emotionally.
From that moment moving forward I quickly got my act together, I needed my lights on more than having fun and going out. In writing this I actually got a revelation we sometimes run from self-discipline because of the unknown change that comes with it but to be completely honest without self-discipline I would probably still be struggling financially or stuck in the mindset that my life was about having fun and hiding my real issues with clothes and makeup.
Self-discipline keeps me focused and on my purpose. I thought I couldn't but I can still enjoy my life, have healthy and meaningful relationships, and still, feel fulfilled even with self-discipline in the areas of life that matter the most.
Self-discipline starts with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do.