How to Develop Discipline


I have read Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich book many times since I was still in college. And I noticed that his book devoted a whole chapter to this idea of discipline. I realized it is such a powerful concept.

Discipline is so basic. It is so simple. And yet, it is so misunderstood. You will never develop anything of any consequence if you are not disciplined. However, if you are disciplined, you can have anything you seriously wamt. As it is, you only need one quality to succeed. You must have discipline. And so you might ask, what is discipline? The truth is discipline is the ability to give yourself a command and then follow it.

People who make it in life, whether that’s becoming really rich, running a successful business, or living life on their own terms, have all developed the skill of self-discipline. A common misconception about successful people is that they like doing all the things they do. But this is far from the truth. Successful people dislike the same things we do. However, they do things they dislike knowing that’s the price they have to pay for success. And so they discipline themselves to do the things they know they should do whether they like it or not.

Now I don’t think anyone is born a naturally disciplined person. So there is nothing to worry if you currently lack discipline.  In fact, it is something you can develop with practice. And yes, the more practice you have, the better you’ll become at it.

So how do you get started? Here are three things you can do now to get discipline:

  1. Realize that if you want to get something different in your life, you’re going to have to do things differently. Then, command yourself to do what you know has to be done.
  2. Begin scheduling your day – from the time you get up until the time you go to bed. If you have a schedule, you’re more apt to do the things you really need to do to get where you want to go.
  3. Hold the image of being successful at what you want to do. Envision a complete shift and proceed to let that vision unfold every day.

I know it won’t really be that easy. Especially when you’re only getting started. However, you’ll surely get stronger and stronger as you go about practising this. And then, you’ll be able to do what you want instead of just what you think you can do.




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