Self-Discipline Is The Key.

January 7, 2012

You’re wasting your time if you:

  • Set goals
  • Make promises
  • Write New Year’s resolutions
  • Have ambitions

when you don’t have self-discipline.

The thought came to me like a slap to the face this morning, precisely after I had finished trying on half a dozen t-shirts before finding one loose enough to fit me. During the process I had a  flash back to last night…..specifically the large  block of chocolate I ate!

With self-discipline we can all achieve an enormous amount. Conversely, without self-discipline we are assured of much disappointment.

 It’s important that we are reminded of these things. When we put our effort into the important things, the fundamental things such as self-discipline we will enjoy far more success and happiness.

Below are quotes on self-discipline from many wise men and women. I hope they inspire you to greatness or simply…….to replace the chocolate bar with a piece of fruit!

A  journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. Chinese Proverb

In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first. Harry S. Truman

With self-discipline most anything is possible. Theodore Roosevelt 

Rule your mind or it will rule you. Horace
There are no short cuts to any place worth going. Beverly Sills

The ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not. Ellbert Hubbard

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort. Jesse Owens

A colt is worth little if it does not break its halter. Proverb

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. Lao Tzu

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power. Seneca

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions. Alfred Lord Tennyson.

He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures. Friedrich Nietzsche

Govern thyself then you will be able to govern the world.  Anonymous

Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward. Napoleon Hill 

Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power. Clint Eastwood 

Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways. H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Discipline really means our ability to get ourselves to do things when we don’t want. Arden Mahlberg

By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character. Grenville Kleiser

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. Jim Rohn

Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. Elie Wiesel 

Self respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.  Abraham Joshua

Discipline really means our ability to get ourselves to do things when we don’t want to. Arden Mahlberg

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. Aristotle

When the fight begins within himself, a man’s worth something. Robert Browning 

The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust. Josh Billings

I am indeed a king, because I know how to rule myself. Pietro Aretino

Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

It is not enough to have great qualities; We should also have the management of them.  La Rochefoucauld

A man without decision of character can never be said to belong to himself…He belongs to whatever can make captive of him. John Foster

Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry. One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed. These are fearful odds. Benjamin Disraeli

Let me . . .  remind you that it is only by working with an energy which is almost superhuman and which looks to uninterested spectators like insanity that we can accomplish anything worth the achievement. Work is the keystone of a perfect life. Work and trust in God. Woodrow Wilson

Nothing is more harmful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army superiority over another. George Washington

Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind-you could call it character in action. Vince Lombardi

If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us. William Feather


To your abundant success,

Leon Skaliotis – Founder, Retail Fundamentals.

Leon is an accomplished business coach and retail specialist in Melbourne, Australia, who  successfully coaches Melbourne retail owners on how to create highly profitable businesses by attracting shoppers and converting them into loyal fans.

To receive your free copy of “Retail Secrets Every Owner Should Know” click

You can contact Leon on +61 425 83 3344  or email


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